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On the eleventh day of Christmas, my true love sent to me: 11 Wines in a Wine Fridge

January 4, 2021

Clos des Amis’s “Chambang” is a very special, very small production sparkling wine from Ventura County, CA where I live. I’ve helped prune these vines, picked these grapes, helped with dosage, and bottled them!

Today January 4 is the eleventh day of Christmas, and it is the day to celebrate St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, the first American saint, who lived in the 18th and 19th centuries. Previously, it was the feast of Saint Simon Stylites who somehow lived on a small platform on the top of a pillar for 37 years! 

Also on the eleventh day of Christmas, my true love sent to me:

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On the tenth day of Christmas, my true love sent to me: 10 Coravin Pieces

January 3, 2021

Today, Sunday December 3 is the tenth day of Christmas and the Feast of the Holy Name of Jesus which marks the day Jesus was named in the Jewish Temple although different churches celebrate it on a wide number of different dates.

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On the ninth day of Christmas, my true love sent to me: 9 cheeses in a cheese grotto

January 2, 2021

9 cheeses to pair with Pinot Noir

Today is January 2, the day after New Year’s Day, and the day that the Catholic Church recognizes St. Basil the Great and St. Gregory Nazianzen, both 4th century Christians who at one point were friends. Basil’s health was poor, perhaps because of the rigours of his ascetic life, they say; he practiced “strict self-denial as a measure of personal and especially spiritual discipline.”

He clearly should have eaten more cheese and enjoyed more wine as research says that both in moderation are good for you!  Read more…

On the eighth day of Christmas, my true love sent to me: 8 Bottles of Bubbles

January 1, 2021

A selection of sparkling rose from around the world: California, South Africa, Italy, Argentina, and France.

Today is January 1, New Year’s Day, and the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God, liturgically celebrated on the Octave Day of Christmas. On the eighth day of Christmas, my true love sent to me Read more…

On the Seventh Day of Christmas, My True Love Sent To Me: 7 Winning Wine Clubs

December 31, 2020

Today is December 31, New Year’s Eve, the seventh day of Christmas, and the day when Pope Sylvester is celebrated. In in many central and eastern European countries, some call New Year’s Eve ‘Silvester.’  On this day, the sun is setting on 2020 and we have 2020 24 Hours to go and I wanna be sedated! 

What a year, huh? No wonder we wanna be sedated…

Good thing that on the seventh day of Christmas, my true love sent to me

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On the Sixth Day of Christmas: 6 Gorgeous Glasses with NYE 2020 24 hours to go!

December 30, 2020

2020 24 hours to go! Ramone’s video and lyrics below.

Today December 30 is the sixth day of Christmas, and it’s the day that St Egwin of Worcester died in 720. As a medieval Benedictine Bishop, he tried to correct abuses and faults of the clergy in his diocese, and they didn’t like it too much but the Pope did. Then Mary told him where to plant his church and when he died many miracles were attributed to him. 

Kind of like the Ramones, right? 

And in another Christmas miracle, on the sixth day of Christmas, my true love sent to me:

6 Gorgeous Glasses! Yes that is a Christmas miracle because they are arriving just in time for New Year’s Eve!

Because you know it’s almost 2020 24 hours to go! (Ramone’s video and lyrics below!)

And because gorgeous glasses set a beautiful, festive table AND  the wine — or other beverage–tastes more beautifully too  if it’s the correct glass for the drink! Read more…

On the Fifth Day of Christmas, My True Love Sent to Me: Five Organic Wine Guides

December 29, 2020

DaVero biodynamic farm saves seeds in this barn.

On the Fifth Day of Christmas, My True Love Sent to Me: 

The fifth day of Christmas is today, December 29. It’s also the day for St Thomas Becket, Archbishop of Canterbury in the 12th century who was murdered on this day in 1170 for challenging the King’s authority over the Church. 

Sounds a bit like organic and biodynamic farmers challenging the petrochemical laden establishment! Read more…

On the Fourth Day of Christmas, My True Love Sent to Me: Four Wine Books

December 28, 2020

Mythology of Wine

On the Fourth Day of Christmas, My True Love Sent to Me:

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On the Third Day of Christmas: Three Phone Soaps

December 27, 2020

Santa’s Sleigh

On the third day of Christmas, my true love sent to me,

Today December 27 is the third day of Christmas which celebrates the Feast of St. John the Apostle, the author of the fourth Gospel, three Epistles and Apocalypse.

And it’s also the day that in the classic song “The 12 Days of Christmas” my true love sent 3 French hens! But today with a COVID pandemic raging, it makes more sense that my trie love sent me THREE PHONE SOAPS!

Did you know a typical cell phone has 18x more bacteria than a public restroom? 

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On The Second Day of Christmas: Two Festive Wines

December 26, 2020

On the second day of Christmas, my true love sent to me

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