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What better time to get up to speed on what wines you like, love and covet than when you are preparing for upcoming festivities with family and friends? There are a million ways to start brushing up on your skills: Head to your local supermarket/wine shop and ask lots of questions (many times they will have tastings available while you browse – just ask), Attend a tasting (lots of places offer tastings – speciality shops, wine shops, liquor stores, etc. Keep your eyes peeled), Talk to your friends (many people have a favorite bottle of wine that they use as their ‘go to’ tipple for any celebration. Ask people you know for suggestions and you may just discover a new gem!).
For my part, I will be hosting, attending and conversing about all things wine in the next two months (have a look at what I’m up to here and sign up if you’re interested). As always, if you want to swap ideas – pull up a chair and let’s chat.

Essentials for any successful holiday: 
Brandy – my favourite is Hennessy VSOP. Top it with a bit of ginger ale for a spritzy buzz or some spicy eggnog for a classic holiday treat
Sparkling wine – the holiday favourite in my household is Prosecco because of its light body, balanced flavour and general yummy-ness (plus it can be enjoyed at any time of day…)
Good, full bodied red wine – this is the absolute must have. I love picking a few favourites each year to share with my family. I am still in the discovery phase for this year’s celebrations and will be using my upcoming tastings to explore a few pre-selected Malbecs, Petit Syrahs, Bordeauxs and Tannats. Stay tuned…

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I shared this bottle with my family during my birthday celebration and it was drinking absolutely beautifully. This is a bottle that I saved for the last 3 years in my cellar in Seattle. Breathtaking. Dense, heavy but elegant – just like a proper Oregon Pinot Noir should be. I have just done a search on the wine to see if it was still available and lo and behold – they are offering this wine for sale! $42 USD and worth every cent. When I bought this wine, I had to coax a six pack out of them that was only being sold to their neighbors after I just so happened to meet the winemakers at a dinner in the Williamette Valley.

Needless to say, buy it. Have it shipped wherever you are in the world. Its required for Thanksgiving (which is only a few weeks away…) or Christmas…

Update: I have just confirmed with Dewey and Robin Kelley that they have a few bottles left of the ’05 Wedding Block and it can only be purchased directly through the winery or online. Go Get ‘Em!

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