Home for the holidays…

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Home for the holidays…

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

This December has been a busy, but wonderful month.  pH Wine Merchant opened their second store Corks & Caps to sell beer and liquor in addition to wine.  With that, came two new employees that jumped right into the madness of the new store AND holiday season.  They have both been awesome additions to the team and we’re all very happy about how things are going.  Both stores have been very busy and successful.   With that said, I’m sure you can imagine how excited we all were to have a few days off for Christmas. 

I drove to North Carolina the night of the 23rd and spent a number of incredible (and shockingly warm) days with my family.  I am fortunate enough to have a wonderful family that appreciates good food and good drinks. 

We always spend Christmas morning opening presents with a couple cups of coffee and Christmas music playing through the speakers.  Then, we head over to my aunt and uncle’s house to see all of our cousins, play a few games, drink a few drinks, and eat a lot of food.  After a couple of mimosas and bloody maries, we sit down to a hearty brunch with some wine. 

This year we decided to get two magnums of the 2012 Brusquieres Chateauneuf-du-Pape.  This wine was delicious and went well with the wide variety of foods (bacon, ham biscuits, veggie quiche, fruit, and my vegan sister’s quinoa “casserole”).  Needless to say, the magnums were emptied far too quickly.  After the feast, we retreated home, walked the dog, took a nap, and prepared for dinner.  For dinner my mom prepared duck breast that my dad hunted down a few weeks before, a salad, and quinoa.  This exquisite meal called for an exquisite wine, obviously.  And it just so happened that I was recently gifted a bottle of 1996 Mongeard-Mugneret Vieille Vigne Echezeaux, Grand Cru.  This dinner with this wine with my amazing family was one for the books.  The wine still had great body and fruit, especially for the age.  It was complex, smooth, elegant and unforgettable.  Christmas of 2015 easily became the best event of the year.  2016, the bar is set high, buddy.

I hope everyone enjoyed their holiday festivities as much as I did!  I hope your holiday was filled with pleasant company, delicious food, and unforgettable wines.  I wish a very happy New Years to you and encourage you to make good decisions (aka pick good wine and take care of your tummy)!

Happy New Years!

Frances