Instant Christmas Classic

In order to keep the Christmas momentum rolling along, I have put together a little jingle.  We recommend pairing this song with the gift guide and singing it while shopping to help you remember it all.  Not only will you have essentially checked your list twice, but all those around you will be grateful for the experience.

“On the first day of Christmas a wino gave to me, a bottle of Chateau Lafite” in the tune of the classic 12 Days of Christmas… and work your way through the days.  If you want to cheat, you can start at the 12th spot at the list and just work through it once, but what’s the fun in that?  Enjoy!

  1. A bottle of Chateau Lafite*
  2. 2 drinking gloves
  3. 3 French wines
  4. 4 books for nerds
  5. 5 other wine things
  6. 6 free wine tastings
  7. 7 corkscrews spinning
  8. 8 meals for pairing
  9. 9 fridges chilling
  10. 10 decanters decanting
  11. 11 Stoppers stopping
  12. 12 glasses clinking

*Chateau Lafite is one of the first growth grand cru (premier classification) wines of Napoleon’s original 1855 classification system in France.  From the Bordeaux Region, it is still one of the most sought after producers in the world and yields astronomical prices for certain vintages.  This was also a favorite of wine connoisseur and Minister to France, Mr. Thomas Jefferson.

This may come as news to some: I love Christmas.  The disclaimer has been made, the 2013 Gift Guide has been published, the Advent calendars are on the wall, the tree is up.. What could be left?  Well, based on these posts, one might think we were deep into the month of December.  Alas, November came and went without a mention of Thanksgiving.  This wasn’t to skip the holiday that we hold so dear; it was actually for two reasons:

1) Get the Christmas Gift Guide out there in time for the busiest shopping weekend of the year, when wine gifts were surely sold at deep discounts.

2) I predict a Christmas truce from writing (at least for a few weeks), so I wanted to get these posts out there while the ideas were fresh.  Plus, the spirit sneaks up on a person when they are decorating multiple living spaces and listening to the music in mid-to-late November.

Thanksgiving was wonderful as always and just as predicted, wine was enjoyed and everyone was in good cheer.  We are truly thankful for our family and the times we share with them.


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