If you are still in a quandary about what to give that best buddy, new in-law or special wine loving someone, here are a few ideas that will be a sure scene stealer at your holiday gathering. Some of these ideas were sent for editorial consideration, some I just love.
Big red wines are always a hit around our house. 2007 is considered by many to be one of the best coming out of Napa in years. I am still a fan of the 2006 though – a little earthier, maybe slightly more tannic, but should age nicely over the next few years leading to velvety smooth, bold reds perfect for holiday feasting. A few favorites from both years have crossed my palate recently, including:
Robert Mondavi Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve 2006 - Though a lot of Mondavi is large production created in large production style. The Reserve is special, hand harvested in small bins to protect the integrity of the fruit, hand sorted, fermented in oak tanks after gentle pressing, 18 months of aging in 100% new French oak, this Cab is elegant and timeless. Right now cherry, plum and licorice exude from the wine, but give it a few years in the bottle and leather and earthy aromas should shine through this elegant wine. Continue reading "Holiday Gifts: Part 2 – Big Red Wine"3 Comments »
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Mark your calendar for next Monday (Dec. 20) when Toulouse Cafe & Bar will host a three-course Holiday Champagne Dinner.
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We’re still accepting Main Course recipe entries in our Central Market Recipe Contest in our search for the perfect holiday meal. While the Main Course is probably the hardest part of the meal, it’s the best part. So dust off your favorite cook books, submit your favorite recipes, and you’re entered to win a $100 gift certificate to Central Market. And that right there… well, it’s the easiest part.
(As always, restaurants are welcome to post their menu in the comments section.)
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Thrifty gifters take note: Every day between now and December 24 Sigel’s will discount a different, hard-to-find, off-the-beaten-path wine, spirit, or beer. Yesterday brought special pricing on rare/collectible beers: Samuel Adams Infinium, Anchor Christmas Ale, The Samuel Smith Collection Box (containing 550 ml. Victorian pints of Oatmeal Stout, Nut Brown Ale, and Old Brewery Pale Ale), Estrella Damm Inedit, and Dogfish Head Chateau Jiahu. It’s anyone’s guess what tomorrow will bring. The best way to find out? Visit Sigels.com or call your favorite location.
Sale prices will run through Christmas Eve, although supplies may not, so shop early and often.
I don’t know about you, but by the time Christmas Eve rolls around, I’ve had about all I can stand of my own kitchen. In my camp? Then make reservations now before they evaporate like so much holiday cheer.
(As always, restaurants not listed are invited to add their Christmas Eve menus to the comments section.)
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