For years my grandmother had a magnet on her fridge that read, “Eat, drink, and be quiet.” I’m not so sure about the quiet part, but I’m almost always up for the eating and drinking, especially at this time of year. Nearly all holiday activities – shopping, parties, gift giving, charitable endeavors, special moments with family and friends – are improved by the addition of tasty victuals.
This week I’m planning a jaunt to Travessia Urban Winery in New Bedford to get ready for the season. A few bottles of vidal blanc, perfect to serve with cheese, olives and hors d’oeuvres at my house, or to take as easy hostess gifts. Travessia’s owner and winemaker, Marco Montez, also recommends the Jester, a blend of zinfandel, cabernet sauvignon, syrah and petit sirah, as a complement to cold weather recipes and holiday dishes. I’m dying to try the blend, which should be no problem since Travessia just opened a large new tasting room in space adjoining their downtown winery.
I’m also contemplating a gift certificate or a wine club gift membership for my brother, a budding wine aficionado. Know what I like about the latter option? It’s directly charged to my card with no upfront fee or time commitment – he can even pick the wines himself if he wants – I say, “cheers!”