Christmas is not just gifts and eating. It is a time of family tradition, conversation, and a time to unwind from the every day hectic routine of life!
There is no better way to relax than through wine! Wine is not only meant to be had with meals, but in good company. It is a way of gathering friends together and enjoying the festive season! It is a way of immersing yourself in the tastes and aromas of a glass before, during or after a meal.
With a glass of wine in hand, the cares of the day seem to fly out the door and you can relax with the wonderful aromas of this grape nectar.
Let’s start with a sweet and fragrant wine – a Tuscan Vinsanto. This is a great choice of wine to delight the palate with a structure and at the same time, refined taste. This white grape wine is usually made with Trebbiano Toscano and Malvasia which are naturally dried and then fermented slowly thoughout the winter. Vinsanto is a legend when it comes to wine, and in part due to this wonderfully natural process. This wine is known to have its origins from a fifteenth century friar who aimed at healing the sick through this once medicinal nectar. It is also said that this wine comes from church mass. The grapes were harvested and dried during the Feast of Saints in the beginning of November.
Regardless of its origins, the Vinsanto is an ideal wine to drink with dessert, especially Tuscan desserts such as the famous cantuccini biscuits or with dessert cheeses.
If you are looking for something a bit stronger and a more pronounced drink this Christmas, you way want to try an L’acquavite Farnito d’uva Sauvignon. This smooth, elegant wine offers hints of honey and floral bouquet which are perfect as an accompaniment to a relaxing day with the family. Ideal for those colder Christmas days, this is a wine which won’t skimp on freshness and taste.
If you would like something other than a dessert wine, and want something a bit more classic, the Appodiati di Carpineto such as a Nobile di Montepulciano Vigneto Sant’Enrico is refined and persistent at every sip. This full bodied, structured wine has a perfect balance of tannin and acidity, made with the Sangiovese grape. The Appodiato di Vigneto Sant’Ercolano offers another persistent and powerful wine, the Nobile di Montepulciano Docg, which is full of tertiery scents such as vanilla and licorice.
All of the above mentioned wines are ideal gifts for family and friends during the holidays!