Ho Ho Ho Global Gooders it is nearly Christmas and that means that you should be full of the holiday spirit regardless of your religion, culture, background, or other factor. This is a time to be close with family and friends and for those of you who are of the legal age… 21 in the States and 18 in many other global territories such as the United Kingdom…. you may be able to bond and enjoy the holidays with some fine alcoholic spirits. This article isn’t about eggnogg, no, this article is about some great wines and champagnes to have.Champagne, first off for those of you who do not understand the difference, is basically a sparkling wine which initially came from the Champagne region of France. “The primary grapes used in the production of Champagne are Pinot noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier” ( CHAMPAGNE WIKI ). Anyways we want to suggest a few different champagnes and then regular white and red wines for you guys to sample during the holiday season.
Last night I was able to enjoy a bottle of 2009 “Cupcake” wine from the “Cupcake Vineyards”. It was a Cabernet Sauvignon and did not really have any hint of cupcake to it other than a cute design on the bottle of what was similar in taste to most red’s I have encountered out there; but had some added fun value with the name.
For those of you who do not regularly drink wine or need a slow way to ease into it as it can take some time for taste bud refinement and sophistication to enjoy; we would suggest a nice White Zinfadel. White Zinf. ( aka White Zin ) is a very “sweet” type of pink colored wine. “White Zinfandel is made from the Zinfandelwinegrape, which would otherwise produce a bold and spicy red wine. As such, it is not a grape varietybut a method of processing Zinfandel grapes. As of February 2006, White Zinfandel accounted for 10% of all wine sold by volume, making it the third most popular varietal in the United States, outselling Red Zinfandel 6:1 by volume.” (WHITE ZINF WIKI ). Anyways it tastes very good and goes down very easily; it complements many meals too. It is almost like a grape juice or strawberry juice and is somewhat “lighter” as you would expect from a white wine or champagne but even softer.
We would suggest most people just getting started with wines in general to start with a white wine or some champagne which go well with many meats such as fish and steak and other dinner courses. When you do decide to venture off into red wines; your nose may go into some euphoria with the great smells that come with the territory before even taking a sip. Red wine enjoyment often can be an acquired over time by trying different reds by themselves or with meals. By the way having Champagne or Wine does not have to be an expensive affair if you are on a budget and we would suggest trying something basic first to see if you enjoy the taste ( we hope you will! ) here is a list of a few value bottles you may want to try ( http://www.gayot.com/wine/top10budget-champagnes/main.html ).
….Because I am Josh Bois I feel like I have to promote the wine called “Clos Du Bois“. I have no affiliation with them; I just have always liked that their firm and wine have Bois in it just like my last name :D.