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Sips Worth Sharing #WinePW

Today the Wine Pairing Weekend crew is posting about Giving the Gift of Wine. You can read David's preview on Cooking Chat. It's timely as we race headlong into the holiday season.


As Christmas approaches, I always tend to have extra wine bottles on hand...in case people drop by and I want to uncork something or in case we are invited somewhere and I need a quick hostess present. Also, wines are a favorite gift for most of my circle. So, there's lots and lots of wine swapping.


But this Wine Pairing Weekend event was the first time I actually stopped to think about why I pick the bottles that I pick as well as which bottles I share the most.

Giving the Gift of Wine
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Sips Worth Sharing
I put out a call for favorite bottles and came up with a list of bottles I need to track down. But what I decided to share with this post boils down to this: share sips and bottles that, first, you have actually tried and, second, have a great story you can share with the recipient. That's it.

And the best gifts are the bottles you actually want to squirrel away for yourself! A few of my favorites are bottles from Hundred Suns (it's like Bottled Poetry), Donkey & Goat (love that they have an 'esoteric' category in their wine list), Pierce Ranch Vineyards (a Spanish and Portuguese emphasis right here on California's central coast), and I. Brand & Family Wines (local-to-me winemaker who was named by Wine Enthusiast Magazine to its "40 Under 40: American Tastemakers" in 2012...and, yes, it was well-deserved). Additionally, I always have a case of prosecco ready at this time of year because Italian bubbles always make me smile and it's a good bet that almost everyone enjoys a good bottle of sparkling wine.

Comments

  1. I'm taking your suggestions to heart and will try to track down a few of the bottles you've mentioned. Cheers, Camilla. Happy holidays!

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    1. Thanks, Lauren. I had a busy day yesterday, so I'm just getting around to reading, commenting, and sharing this morning.

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  2. Great list! I'm working on a story that will likely feature Donkey and Goat - esoteric style, how very fun and funky. Happy Holidays to you amd your family, Camilla!

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    1. Nice! I love, love, love Donkey & Goat. But you probably already knew that. Have you connected with Jared?

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  3. Love the list! And I really need to try wines from Donkey & Goat - I've heard sooo many good thing about the wines. Thanks, Camilla! Happy holidays to you and the sweet family.

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  4. All of these labels are new to me. I have been intrigued by the Donkey&Goat since you last wrote about it. I'm keeping my eyes open for these brands. Merry Christmas Cam.

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  5. I'll have to check out this list. I'm not familiar with them. Always good to have bubbly on hand, especially prosecco

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  6. Short and sweet, and good advice. Happy holidays to you and your family!

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  7. You know I am such a Donkey & Goat fan! I love that you keep a case of Prosecco on hand for friends dropping in. Wonderful hospitality. Merry Christmas.

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  8. Good tips! And I will try that Donkey & Goat some time soon.

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