Olema Pinot Noir
Red Wine of the Month
Christmas dinners (or any holiday dinner) was once centered around a predictable protein: turkey or ham. Now, many family gatherings are a diverse spread that can range from any type of meat to completely meatless. Some get-togethers even combine various diet plans into one.
So what's a host/hostess to do for a wine? What will pair well across the board? How about trying this lighter red wine: Olema Pinot Noir. The wine is bright, fragrant and filled with red fruits, including cherry and strawberry.
A bottle is under $25, so stock up for the big dinners on your calendar!
The 2018 Dashwood Sauvignon Blanc
White Wine of the Month
The 2018 Sauvignon Blanc, by Dashwood, is one of my favorite Best Buy’s. This wine from the Marlborough region in New Zealand is scoring an average of 89-90 points from experts around the globe. It smells of light herbs and a savory element. On the palate mango, peach and pineapple flavors with a polished yet intense acidity. The finish is balanced and refreshing.
My husband makes an excellent chicken parm that I can’t wait to pair with this wine. You should be able to find this for $15.00 or under.
A Simple Cocktail to Brighten The Holiday
'Tis the season for hustle and bustle. So let's not make things any more complicated where the drinks are concerned. When you're looking for a quick mixed drink that still has the flavors of the season, try the Cranberry Bourbon Cocktail.
2 ounces bourbon
2 ounces cranberry juice (100% juice, unsweetened)
1/2 ounce rosemary sage simple syrup*
Splash of lemon juice, freshly squeezed
Fresh rosemary and sage for garnish
In a glass filled with ice, add the bourbon, cranberry juice, rosemary sage simple syrup, and a splash of lemon juice. Stir to combine.
*Rosemary Sage Simple Syrup: In a medium saucepan, combine one cup of sugar and one cup of water. Toss in a couple sprigs each of fresh rosemary and sage. Bring to a boil, stirring until the sugar has dissolved. This will take 5-8 minutes. Strain the herbs from the simple syrup and allow it to cool completely before using.
Cherry Christmas Mocktail
Non-Alcoholic Drink of the Month
This festive little number looks cute and tastes like the most wonderful tome of the year! The Cherry Christmas Mocktail will be a great addition to your holiday table this year.
4 oz of Cherry Soda
0.5 oz of Peppermint Syrup
0.2 oz of Red Grenadine
In a measuring cup or cocktail shaker, combine the Cherry Soda, Peppermint Syrup, and Red Grenadine. Stir, do not shake. In a blender, crush up a cup of ice. Spoon crushed ice into a glass. Pour in the Cherry Soda mix. Add maraschino cherries as a garnishment.