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Wine for Holiday Guests

December 20th, 2008 · No Comments

“Drop in anytime! We’ll open some wine.”

Here’s how it happens, What you said: “Sure no problem, you guys want to drop by tonight? Great see you then!”   What you meant: “You want to stop by tonight? Great, the house is a disaster. I have a million things to do. The weather outside is frightful. If you slip on the deck don’t sue me! And we have nothing in the house to serve guests! It will be fun…some other time”

Then you remember, this guy would give up a kidney for you…and that could come in handy. So, let’s see, we have left over cheeseball, crackers and some frozen ravioli that hopefully is not too far beyond expiration date. Add some tomato sauce, cut up some fruit and life will be good. Then again, no matter how sparse the food offering, if we serve a good wine the night will be a certain success! Let’s open some!

Here are some good cheap wine ideas from posts of this year past to help you get through those last minute drop by evenings and maybe even enjoy yourself. Tis the season!

Moscato D’Asti Saracco: A great Asti that’s sweet enough to be dessert but dry enough to sip and savor. Cut up some apples and pears to try and hide the stale cheeseball. Serve very cold.


Santa Cristina Antinori: Add a little Italian flavor to your holiday. Great, easy to find inexpensive red that has good body and full taste. Great compliment to any Holiday snack table! Open two.  Room temperature and a little air time.


Greener Planet Shiraz-Merlot- Cabernet Sauvingon: If you (or your spouse) are convinced that keeping the thermostat low saves the planet, you know the “green earth = blue fingers” equation, bring out the Greener Planet. Just make sure your cheeseball is organic. Drink in recycled paper cups.  (just kidding)


Search the archives for other ideas or hit the self explanatory Good Cheap Wine Reviews table. Just remember the Holidays craziness only lasts a little while, a good friendship can last forever.

Cheers from the Wine Oaf.

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