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Holiday Wine Ideas – 2016

holiday wine ideas 2016

With every holiday season comes good spirits, and then better spirits! No doubt you are planning on popping the cork before, during, and after the main course; after all more wine is better, right?

Have some fun decorating the mantle, dinner table, and kitchen counter with all those now-empty decorative wine bottles. Take empty wine bottles and attach your own custom wine bottle label to add a personalized touch to your decor. Do you love making your own batches of wine? Add a personal wine label to a full bottle of wine you’ve made and give it away as a holiday gift. They make wonderful gifts for any wine connoisseur as they are sure to have nothing similar in their collection!

wine cork candles

You can also add wine cork candles to the top of the wine bottles to create a relaxing atmosphere around the dinner table, or you can use a wine bottle Candelabra as your main centerpiece to create a dynamic look on your dinner table. Mix and match between the two to tie the buffet table, dinner table, and side table together for a cohesive look.

wine candelabra

There are a variety of Christmas-themed wine items available at WineChristmas.com. Unique wine glasses, wine gift bags, and other wine-themed party decor items are available so you can purchase your Christmas supplies well in advance for next year! You can even use their wine bottle decor and light-up wine stoppers to add a festive touch to your empty wine bottles and set them out as decorations during holiday parties.

WineChristmas.com also sells wine-themed Christmas ornaments so you can decorate your tree with all of your favorite accessories. From tiny wine glasses to elves carrying tiny bottles of wine, you can add creative flair to your Christmas tree, or you can even hang them up on kitchen cabinets, stairway banisters, and elsewhere around the home for a festive touch.

Are you shopping at the last minute for Christmas gifts or looking ahead to next year? Create the ultimate wine connoisseur gift basket with the following items! Not even the snobbiest of wine critics can find fault with these items.

Gift Basket

  • A large wicker basket to hold all of the supplies
  • A bottle of red or white wine
  • Wine decanter
  • Wine stopper
  • Wine preserver
  • Foil cutter
  • Wine aerator
  • Set of 4 wine glasses
  • Wine charms
  • Corkscrew
  • Drip ring
  • Wine pourer
  • Wine thermometer
  • …and more

Package the above items together in a beautiful wicker basket, tie a bow to the handle, and you have an amazing gift any wine connoisseur will love. Add a few wine bottle decorations to the mix to make the gift more festive for the holidays.

– Guest post by Mary Joesten –

Red wine hot chocolate makes the problems melt away

Sometimes a stressful day calls for taking the wine down off the rack. Sometimes it calls for chocolate. And sometimes it calls for both.

This decadent recipe is perfect for unwinding on a cold. gloomy weekend — or makes for a great after meal drink for dinner guests.

Red Wine Hot Chocolate

1 1/2 cup milk (You can use regular cow’s milk or go dairy-free with almond, soy, coconut, hemp — whatever makes you happy)
1 cup red wine (your choice)
1/3 dark chocolate, roughly chopped (you can use chips too — but avoid opting for powder)

In a medium saucepan over medium heat, add milk and chocolate. Whisk slowly until combined. Then pour in your wine and continue to stir until everything is nice and hot. That’s it! Simple. This recipe can fill about two large mugs, but the rich flavor is great for sipping so you can share it with up to six people if you opt for smaller portions.

What’s in your decanter? Fall sangria recipes

A pitcher of red or white sangria is always a must-have for gatherings at home, but have you ever considered spicing up your favorite mix for fall? Enjoy these fall sangria recipes and storage tips.

Whether you’re having parents over while kids trick-or-treat, a Sunday football game, or if you’re planning ahead for your Thanksgiving Day feast, sangria is a great way to please a crowd. The first thing you need is a quality, glass pitcher. When making sangria, you need to pop the mixture in the fridge and allow it to sit for at least an hour so all the flavors can blend. Plastic is too porous and can hold on to past flavors, compromising your fresh mix.

  • Carafes: These slim, easy to use pitchers are perfect for small get-togethers. The Fontana Carafe is made with heat resistant glass, perfect for both cold and warm drinks. The fitted lid is spill-proof and only dispenses liquid. That means fruit and other ingredients remain in the pitcher and do not splash around when pouring drinks. Similarly, the Aqua Carafe has a spill-prof lid and a strong, double-walled base.
  • Dispensers: Expecting more people? Go the dispenser route. This glass Beverage Server holds up to 110 ounces. Plus, the handy spigot makes it super easy for guests to refill their own glasses without making a mess. The mixture tends to sit longer too, just adding more flavor. A cute chalkboard label and included chalk makes it easy to label this pitcher if you perhaps have more than one — it’s especially handy if one drink is alcoholic and the other isn’t.
  • Infusing pitchers: Pitchers like the Water Jug with Infuser are  great too — especially if you like to do more than just mix sangria. This model in particular comes with multiple inserts for tea, infusing, ice and more. This pitcher is so great for sangria because you can infuse red or white wine with fresh fruit and easily remove it. The plastic lid also has a helpful pouring handle and the glass body holds up to 60 fluid ounces.

Caramel apple sangria
1 bottle white wine (i.e. pinot grigio)
2 cups cider, sparkling or still
about 3 apples, sliced or cubed; try to use a different mix
1/4 – 1/3 cup caramel syrup
3 cinnamon sticks if desired

  • Alternative: Not feeling the caramel? Go for maple syrup instead and add some club soda in lieu of the cider.

Cinnamon pear sangria
1 bottle red wine (i.e. pinot noir)
2-3 cups of apple cider
about 3 pears, sliced or cubed
3 cinnamon sticks

  • Alternative: Use apples instead if  you don’t like pears.

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