Wine is still a popular staple holiday gift, but let’s take it a step further and pair it with festive holiday decor. Yep, that’s right. This is not your typical wine and food pairing blog. What I am about to say includes ways of pairing your wine with meaningful ornaments and perhaps a nutcracker! With a little bit of effort and a theme in mind, I can guarantee you entertainment success with friends and family this holiday season. Let’s begin shall we? Below are my top wine and decor pairings for 2020. All wine recommendations and many of the ornaments can be purchased or shipped from my favorite local store, the Cameo Boutique & Wine Shop in Union, WA.
Dr. Loosen, Dry Riesling, Germany – Pairs well with an Old World Nutcracker
Candied tangerine peel and lime cordial perfume this pert dry Riesling. Fresh grapefruit and lemon flavors are pristine. This is a bright and fruity yet effortlessly elegant wine that’s approachable for socializing with family and ideal for gifting. Therefore, it seems natural to pair this wine with nutcracker dolls that originated from late-17th century Germany, particularly the Ore Mountains (German: Erzgebirge) region. One origin story attributes the creation of the first nutcracker doll to a craftsman from Seiffen. They were often given as gifts, and at some point they became associated with Christmas season. According to German folklore, nutcrackers were given as keepsakes to bring luck to the family and protect the home. It is said that they represent strength and power and watches over the family keeping evil spirits and danger away. How thoughtful and sweet is this pairing?
Dopff & Irion, Crustaces, White Blend, Alsaces France – Pairs well with Elegant Nautical
Pale yellow in color, this wine is 80% sylvaner, 20% pinot blanc offering fresh, very pleasant tea aromas and mineral notes. On the palate, it is well-balanced with an excellent freshness and ripe fruit. Crisp and dry — easy-drinking wine. It is typically enjoyed with white fish, mussels, salmon and crab, making perfect sense to pair with beautiful Hood Canal inspired ornaments as a complete gift set idea. Dangle a couple of these unique ornaments from the Crustaces wine bottle and you now have a special nautical gift. Seas the day!
Ezytgr, Pinot Noir, Willamette Valley, OR – Pairs well with Ugly Sweaters
The long lasting ugly sweater craze is still trending strong, so I am pairing Eztgr pinot noir not only for its eclectic and stylish wine label with a tiger on it, but for the lip smackingly tasty pinot noir. These grapes were hand harvested, fermented spontaneously, and aged for 18 months in neutral French barrels. The resulting wine is striking in its elegance and purity, red fruited, and the perfect accompaniment to a variety of foods or celebrations. If you like to be silly, extra weird or crazy fun over the holiday season, select a bottle of wine that expresses your vibe. Say yes to red stripes and tiger marketed bottles of wine. Party like you own the sleigh!
Laurent-Perrier, La Cuvee Brut Champagne, France – Pairs well with Vintage Holiday Decor
It’s New Year’s Eve and options for celebrating safely can be challenging, but a party at home can be more fun if planned right. Champagne and vintage decor is a great pairing, as you have a lovely gift set that includes a Laurent-Perrier La Cuvee Brut Champagne in a gift box with two beautiful champagne flutes. It’s packaging is simple with no wrapping. Champagne from France is the epitome of any vintage celebrating, so let’s get creative now!
The champagne’s delicate nose with hints of fresh citrus and white flowers longs for two clinking glasses at the stroke of midnight. The wine’s complexity is expressed in successive notes like vine peach and white fruits. This fresh and pure wine is perfect for an apéritif. Its subtle effervescence, make it an ideal accompaniment to your New York toast at 9PM. Wait did I say 9PM? YES! For us West Coast folk who cannot make it to midnight, celebrate in vintage New York style 3 hours earlier. Add a top hat, boa, vintage noisemakers, Frank Sinatra music and 1920’s costuming and you are in for a night of amusement with the people closest to you.
Jeff and I do wish you all the best during the holiday season. We hope it’s full of happiness, new beginnings and most importantly love. Feel free to share any of your favorite wine and decor pairings on this blog. I would LOVE to see your interpretation of unusual pairings to create memories and unique gift ideas. Like my pairings but need assistance? Just pop an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Your concierge is on standby and ready to assist!