Holiday Mixer

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Peter Rockwell is the NSLC’s Category Manager for Old World & Local Wines. In each issue he will be serving up entertaining ideas and tips that are ‘freshly pressed.’

Think the holidays are too old school? Well, ’tis the season to blend the past with the present. Start with the wine for your family feast. While the Sangiovese grape may seem like a left field marriage with turkey, I love how its flashy acidity and cherry fruit works with both the big bird and sausage-laden stuffing. The best is from Italy’s Chianti region. The Leonardo comes wrapped in the original straw package, Ruffino updates the design (sans the straw), while Gabbiano`s Chianti is a juicier take on the style.

Keeping Christmas reel

Though watching 1947’s Miracle on 34th Street may be a seasonal staple for many families, these four quotable modern classic movies will be bringing joy for decades to come.

Elf (2003)
“You see gum on the street, leave it there. It isn’t free candy.”

Christmas Vacation (1989)
“Clark, I think it’d be best if everyone went home … before things get worse.”

A Christmas Story (1983)
“Are you kidding? Stick my tongue to that stupid pole? That’s dumb!”

Love Actually (2003)
“We’ve been given our parts in the nativity play. And I’m the lobster.”

Deconstructing deglaze
Adding white wine to your roasting pan is only one way to make your gravy groovy. Try tequila instead. The pride of Mexico will not only inject a little south-of-the-border savvy to your dressing, it will spice up your season by adding some vegetal bite to your main course.

1800 Silver Tequila, 750 ml

Tea time with a twist
Today’s mixologists are bringing back the teacup as an elegant serving chalice to hold their interpretations of time-honoured cocktails. You can too. Building a collection of vintage teacups is as easy as raiding your grandmother’s china cabinet or hitting a local flea market. They make great receptacles for serving holiday punch as well. No one will forget which cup is theirs.

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