Wine for Christmas, Hannukah and Kwaanza

The end of the year is a joyous time, full of celebrations, parties, presents, families, and love. Wine is a natural part of this season. Here are some tips to help you make the most of your holiday season!

For Any Celebration: Champagne!
Champagne is stored for drinking just like any other wine - at around 55F, in a dark, damp location, stored on its side to keep the cork from drying out. Champagne should be served at about 45 degrees. A few hours in the fridge should bring the temperature down, but never store any wine for more than a few days in the fridge. Serve your Champange in tall, narrow-necked glasses, called flutes. Do not use wide-brimmed glasses - they cause the drink to quickly lose both bubbles and flavor.

Kosher Wines for Hannukah
Any grapes, wine styles, or techniques may be used in making a Kosher wine. This means a Kosher wine does not need to taste any different than a typical wine. What is different is that the equipment is specifically set aside for use on Kosher wines only, the process must be done by Jewish people, and all components used in the making of the wine must themselves be Kosher.

South African Wines for Kwaanza
South Africa is a relative newcomer to the world of large scale wine production - most wine shops only began to see wines from South Africa after their conversion to multiracial democracy. Almost all wineries are located in the southwestern corner of South Africa, near Cape Town. South Africa mainly produces:

While the first three wines are well known around the world, Pinotage is more regional. Pinotage is powerful red, a cross of Pinot Noir and Cinsault. Most South African wines aren't labelled by region, but rather by grape variety and style. The grape itself, and the reputation of the winery that made the wine, are the two things to watch for ... region is of lesser value.

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All content on the WineIntro website is personally written by author and wine enthusiast Lisa Shea. WineIntro explores the delicious variety and beautiful history which makes up our world of wine! Lisa loves supporting local wineries and encouraging people to drink whatever they like. We all have different taste buds, and that makes our world wonderful. Always drink responsibly.