Well here we are, Santa’s tuning up his sleigh, the reindeer have been running on the treadmill in preparation of their long night in flight and another year coming to a close. As I sit at my laptop I find myself staring at a bowl full of old ornaments I inherited once my Granny passed. They’re the traditional old glass balls, some pink, others gold and green, a gold bell and a tiny glass Santa. For the last twelve years I’ve proudly displayed them as my own and wondered how many trees they have adorned throughout the years and how many traditions they have been a part of.
Tradition, that’s a big part of Christmas and as has been my tradition for the past couple of years, I have another wonderful Biltmore wine to share with you, 2013 Christmas at Biltmore® Wine.
Aromas of honey, honeysuckle and rose. Flavors of honey, white peach and a hint of lime. The wine is semi-sweet with well balanced sweetness and acidity.
Varietal: Blend of Muscat Canelli, Gewurztraminer and Riesling
Appellation: American – 60% California, 40% Washington
Residual Sugar: 2.1%
Artist Perry Winkler of DuBois, PA is this year’s winner of the fourth annual Christmas at Biltmore wine label design contest. The beautiful label features the beautiful Biltmore Estate illuminated by holiday lights.
If you are a frequent reader of Wine Chicks Guide, you know the role Christmas played at the Biltmore. Friends and family first welcomed to the Biltmore on Christmas Eve 1895 and treated to sophisticated food and wine.
The wine pairs beautifully with a multitude of dinner courses. Appetizers of smoke cured meats and blue cheese. Followed by the main course filled with savory Christmas Tamales, roasted duck or the Christmas Goose and finally a plate of Gingerbread cookies or winter and fall spiced desserts.
This will be our third Christmas in our Georgia home and the third Christmas it’s just me and my husband now with our dog Rooster, cat Daisy and the chickens. I come from a small family and am an only child so Christmases past were never very large but when I was little it always seemed like our house was full of relatives and festive cheer.
My Granny whom I cherished would come for a week-long visit and though she left this world in 2000, I still miss her dearly and would give anything to have just a little more time with her. My great-aunt Bobbi would come as well. Aunt Bobbi scared me when I was little; she was a big woman with a big personality. She loved to have a good time and didn’t care what anyone thought about her. It was her boisterousness that always scared me and the big hugs she’d give with her enormous boobs engulfing my small body.
On Christmas Eve I opened presents from my mom’s side of the family and Christmas Day presents from Santa, my parents and my dad’s side of the family. That was our tradition, now my husband and I are working on making our own traditions. This past weekend we made Christmas Tamales which we will bring to our feast on Christmas Day. I asked friends for a few of their treasured traditions.
• We have a pickle ornament which is hidden on the Christmas tree on Christmas Eve. The person who finds it in the morning gets an extra surprise gift. The pickle represents a year of blessings and good fortune.
• We get to open 1 present on Christmas Eve and its always new pjs for the photos of opening presents. Christmas breakfast is cinnamon rolls and mimosas. Christmas presents are opened to the music of Sal Sol Orchestra. And Christmas dinner is always Prime Rib.
Feel free to share your holiday traditions here.
Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night.