Wine + Christmas

Every December my wine shop is poppin! And for good reason-- Holiday times are flush with gift giving, champagne celebrations and cozy moments drinking fabulous wine with people you love. I celebrate Christmas, so I wanted to talk about the history of wine during holiday times, the best varietals to please your in-laws, bottles to pair with tamales, and an updated take on an old Christmas-time classic: mulled wine.

Wines that I am loving that I mentioned:

Châteauneuf-du-Pape: My absolute favorite producer is Raya, but it's sold out. I love Chateau du Boursan as well, the balance of the fruit is magical. This Papi is soooo good and we have it at the shop right now!

Chateau de la Font du Loup, Le Puy Rolland, Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Grenache, 2019

White Burgundy:

There are literally way too many white burgundies that are may faves, but here are my top producers at the moment: 

Benjamin Leroux

Domaine Roulot

Athenais de Beru

Alice & Olivier DeMoor

Hubert Lamy

Château La Fleur Garderose: Obsessed with these wines from Bordeaux, they are using minimal intervention and the wines are unfiltered magic. Also, they will definitely entice a classic Bordeaux drinker as well! Sadly, we are sold out of this wine at the shop, but you might be able to find some bottles online! 


Helen’s Mulled Wine
2 cups of gamay
4 cardamom pods
10 cloves
1 cinnamon stick
1 cup apple cider
1/3 cup cardamaro
juice of half an orange


Combine ingredients and bring to a simmer, turn heat to low and let combine for 10-15 minutes.
Garnish with floating apple slices and floating orange slices


Hosted and Executive Produced by Helen Johannesen.

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