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November 2019

Thanksgiving Wines

By gitka gitka 6 months ago 25 Views No comments

It’s almost time to sit down with the family, invite the in-laws over and have that enormous meal shared between friends and family. That’s right; I am talking about “turkey time”. This time honored tradition has been celebrated for nearly 400 years. The turkey, the stuffing, the yams…oh my, but what about the wine? Many of us get frustrated trying to find the right wine to pair with this wonderful meal. With all the different foods and flavors, decided which wine will compliment the meal has stumped everyone. One of the biggest mistakes we make during the holiday is last minute shopping. One of the first steps to avoiding this dilemma is to pre-plan your meal and wine. Usually the week before Thanksgiving is the best time to buy your wine.

Many people try to find one wine that will carry them through the whole meal but to find a wine that will compliment foods like potatoes, yams, stuffing, cranberries, and pumpkin and pecan pies is hard. One of the best wines that can pull it off is sparkling wines. Increasingly popular, sparkling wines bring versatility and elegance to any meal. From appetizers to dessert, Sparkling wines can achieve a near perfect pairing.

If you are into red wines and want to mix it up, you should choose a red wine that isn’t too dry. A red wine with moderate tannins, that won’t overpower the food. Wines like Pinot Noirs, Zinfandels can pair nicely. For white wine lovers, try a nice Viogner, Sauvignon Blancs, etc. The key to finding a great white wine is well balanced acidity. This will support the flavors and not overpower and will enhance the meal. Pinot Grigios, Albarino, Vinho Verde are good choices. By mixing it up, you will be able to give your company a chance to explore different wines, with different foods.

For desserts you might want to pair a nice fortified wine like a tawny port with pumpkin and pecan pies. Cream sherry is another great choice as well as ice wines and Rieslings to pair with that apple pie.

In the end, all that matters is what you prefer and enjoy. It is a time of sharing and being thankful so take your time and don’t get frustrated. Just go with what you know and enjoy your fabulous holiday. As always enjoy!!!

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Tips to Buying the Right Wine Gift

By gitka gitka 7 months ago 23 Views No comments

As the holidays roll around we often find ourselves asking the age old question year after year, “What wine should I give as a gift?” With the vast selection of wines to choose from, we often get flustered and worrying more about our choices than the intentions of our actions. There are a few tips to follow to help you choose the right gift.

One of the first things to do is to figure out how much you would like to spend. This is where people get intimidated. Many believe in the age old myth of “if it costs more, then it must be a good wine.” This is so far from the truth and you should realize that cost doesn’t always reflect quality. It is possible to find a great wine in any price range. Besides that, the whole purpose of buying someone wine is to show your appreciation and the wine is meant to be enjoyed.

The next step is to decide what type of wine you would like to buy for that special someone. This is probably the hardest part and unless you know what style of wine the recipient likes, then it can be very challenging. The styles of wines range from dry to sweet, red to white, new world to old world, etc.

One thing you should always keep in mind is to enjoy yourself when your shopping and don’t be afraid to ask questions. If you go to the right store, then the salesperson should be knowledgeable and should recommend some really good choices. If you are buying wine before going to a friend’s house for dinner, then you should consider the type of foods being served. Also do a little research online or from major wine publications such as Wine Spectator, Wine Advocate and the Wine Enthusiast. These magazines are pretty helpful with rating systems and accurate descriptions of many of the wines that are popular and in you local stores.

Wrapping your gift puts a personal touch on your wine selection. There are many nice and affordable custom made bags for wine bottles. Bows and wrapping also shows the recipient that you put some time and effort into the gift. So hopefully this article will help you and always remember to enjoy yourself.

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