For those of you who celebrate Hanukkah, Happy Hanukkah! For those of you don’t celebrate, Happy Hanukkah to you as well. Hanukkah is known as the Festival of Lights. The holiday commemorates the rededication of the Temple in Jerusalem in 164 B.C.E. after three years of war. When it came time for the rededication, only one day’s worth of pure oil was found to use in the temple’s menorah—which was meant to burn all night every night—but miraculously the oil burned for eight days. Hanukkah means “dedication.” So, the big question is why are Hannukah and wine oh so fine? Let’s find out here.[Read more…]
This year, as we get ready to celebrate the wonderful holiday of Thanksgiving, we have a lot to be thankful for. One of the biggest
things is that we get to gather with other people this year. What a blessing that is. While we still have a lot of work to do to make our country and world a safer, better place, let’s use this holiday as an opportunity to celebrate the good things going on in our lives, our community, our country and the world: family, friendships, both furry and not, beautiful nature, the rooves over our
heads and the floor beneath our feet, good health, love, kindness, movement towards ending global warming, progress on the pandemic and much more. In this article, I’m going to celebrate the holiday with a little humor. Here are some of my favorite Thanksgiving memes to bring some laughter to your holiday festivities. I’m always looking for more good memes. So, if you have any, please send them my way. Thanks.
Thanksgiving is such a great holiday – a time to give thanks for what we have, spend quality time with family and friends, and enjoy wonderful food and wine. This year, with our vaccinations under our belts, we have even more reason to celebrate. In honor of this wonderful holiday, I’d like to contribute some Thanksgiving wine recommendations. I hope you enjoy them.
Thank you to The Spruce Eats for their wonderful Thanksgiving wine recommendations meme.[Read more…]
Every holiday season, WineShop At Home releases its Joy Cellars wines: two reds and three whites. These wines always taste delicious, and they are perfect for the holidays. They make festive additions to your holiday table, and they make wonderful gifts.[Read more…]
I started a new day job this week! Woo hoo! I’m thrilled by this new opportunity. But now my big question is what wines pair best with a new job. It’s time to get creative with this topic.
How Does a New Job Make You Feel?
Excited and anxious. Those are the two feelings that come up for me. Thankfully, for my new job, I’m much more excited than I am anxious. So, what wines would pair well with those feelings?
For excited, I immediately think of Sparkling Wine. It’s festive. It’s fun. And it’s sparkly.
Besides Sparkling Wine, I think of acidic white wines. Their brightness offers a nice level of excitement.
On the red side, it would have to be a knock-your-socks-off phenomenal wine. It’s hard not to get excited about that.
I do not want a wine that makes me anxious. No thank you. Here, I think the important thing is to look for wines that reduce anxiety, that calm you down, that don’t have a lot of zip to them.
For anxiety-reducing wines, I can’t think of a lot of white wines that would work for me. If you’re a Chardonnay fan, that could be a good one. Sadly, I’m not a huge fan. I drink a lot of acidic whites, and those wouldn’t calm me down.
So I’ll lean towards red wines. It’s interesting that I strongly associate red wine with calmness, perhaps, because it’s not cold. So, it doesn’t shock your system.
According to Metro UK, the “plant compound resveratrol, found in red wine, helps relieve stress in the brain.” Okay, that’s pretty cool.
I’m also thinking some dessert wines would do the trick here. Like maybe a really yummy Port or a Sauternes, two of my favorites.
Here is how I’m going to celebrate my first week of work:
- WineShop At Home Cadeau Semi Seco Sparkling Wine – The bubbles alone are cause for celebration.
- WineShop At Home Monarch Petite Sirah – This wine is deep, mature and smooth and will make me feel warm and fuzzy all over.
- WineShop At Home Cookie Cellars Macaron – This port-style dessert wine has, rich color and aromas of prune, blackberry and cherry. Yum!
Excited, Calming Wines to Pair with a New Job
What wines do you think pair best with a new job? I would love to hear your thoughts. Cheers!
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