I moved to Napa Valley a few years ago and after a few awkward wine moments, I learned some simple rules that keep me out of trouble. To save you any embarrassment, we asked the pros for some do's and dont's so that you can look and sound like a wine pro at your holiday gatherings.
One of the nation's largest family-owned and operated wineries, Kendall-Jackson, kicked off the holiday season in San Francisco, where they brought together key K-J players to introduce their newest marketing campaign, Goes Well With Friends. The campaign is all about shifting the wine conversation—from traditional "wine speak" to one that incorporates the way we talk and think about wine today—from a social and digital perspective.
We’re in the final holiday crush. Sure, it’s important to get that shopping done, but a little rest and relaxation can make finding the perfect gift oh so much easier. If you need a break from the holiday hustle and bustle, a nice warm soak in Sonoma maybe all you need to make the season a little more soothing.
I asked a famous Italian winemaker how she had chosen the wine and food pairing for a special dinner. She laughed and said: “Don’t be silly, you shouldn’t pair wine with food; pair wine with an affair, a situation. I chose this wine because we’re strangers and this wine is complex enough to create conversation.” With this romantic notion in mind, here is your guide to pairing wine with whatever holiday affair you have ahead...
Wine Country is known as a great place to celebrate, so it really shouldn’t come as a surprise that wineries know how to get into the holiday spirit. Already impressive estates and vineyards are even more striking when dripping in twinkling lights and garlands. But not all of the holiday displays are electric; many are powered by molasses and sugar.
The grapes have long been crushed and the vines are settling into dormancy, but there is another harvest happening all over the North Coast that, like the 2012 grape vintage, is both more bountiful and of better quality than the area has seen in years.