This time of year is usually filled with sparkly parties and big family gatherings and so many delightful events to celebrate and be together with the ones we love. Although the parties are mostly solo, and the family gatherings are virtual, we know how happy we are to have a reason to celebrate!
And, as we’ve mentioned before, it’s still a holiday and therefore, you will always have wine. This year, we recommend creating new traditions, or reinventing old ones with new people. Maybe you always go home for Christmas but this year it’ll just be you and your roommate, watching Netflix with big glasses of Prosecco on Christmas morning under giant weighted blankets.
If you’re lucky enough to already be with your parents (hello 52% of millennials), maybe this is the year that you switch up the menu. If you’re normally a ham family, go for the roast and grab yourself a bottle of Australian Malbec. If you’re normally a turkey family, try the ham with an Italian Lambrusco or a Spanish Grenache.
Maybe you’re cobbling together a Christmas meal with the 3 people you’ve been in a “quaran-team” with, and it’s potluck style. Cheeseboards are a crowd pleaser, and they go with everything. Pick up a French Syrah to start off your evening. Vegetables are always a lovely addition to every holiday table which pair so nicely with soft white wines like a South African Chenin Blanc or maybe even an orange wine.
Don’t forget the dessert! There is never a bad time for a chilled Gewurtztraminer which is absolutely delightful to sip on after a filling meal. Maybe you’re a pie person, so you should look for a Moscato – but a good one that’s actually from Italy and not the kind you drank by the bucket in college.
Whatever your Christmas may look like, it’s important to find reasons to celebrate, even the small things. Even just a deliciously happy bottle of pet-nat sparkling wine. Grab a glass of something, give your loved ones a call, and find the joyful spirit of Christmas wherever you can!
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