First of what you might ask? Well it’s holiday party season, and depending on how you view such things, it’s either your favorite sets of weekends, with parties line up not just Friday-Sunday but all the stuff during the week; or you show up and cant wait to leave, or rather avoid it altogether.
I for one would get addicted (and in a way I still am) in going to as many parties as possible. It’s not the most logical or reasonable way to be, because are you ever truly ever enjoying yourself in one place versus the other? You’re always thinking of what if, instead of being where you are. This is a major problem for me, and I imagine some of you. This just doesn’t apply to the holidays but all the days.
Which brings me to this past Saturday. A good friend invited me to her place before we went to the opening night of Miracle on 34th Street. Yes, kind of like that 34th street!
And one of the many great things about this party is it was the only place I wanted to be, thought about to be, or intended to be. And this is not something to be commended for. Being where you are, and enjoying each moment singularly for what it is, is so magical, so beautiful, and is so uplifting that words will never do it justice. It’s just awesome.
Wait where is this going? Where is the wine, where is the talk of food and all that jazz?
Ok here goes…
As customary before any party, I’ve got to go to the nearby wine shoppe and grab a bottle. It’s the right thing to do to bring something to the table, no matter what it is. And for my friend to be close enough to what’s still the measuring stick (in my humble opinion) of wine suppliers, The Wine Source, it was setting the stage for a charming and endearing night to come.
Just the way they have their wines set up makes me happy. It’s a welcoming experience with their wines, their cheeses, and everything else readily made available and accessible.
Speaking of welcoming, one of the wines on display had the most friendly of faces on the label. If you know me by now, I love what’s in the wine, but I love all the fun parts of vino, that includes a label that stirs up emotions and feelings of happiness.
You know what else make happy? A bottle on sale. And the 2015 Trifula is a Red Blend that’s just as good as any to bring to this, or any fun party, with down-to-earth and welcoming people. The wine lists anywhere from $10-$13 and that’s reasonable for what you’re getting.
It’s a darker color if you notice from the photos. That’s the first thing that stands out. Well you might see I’m drinking out of a champagne flute. Hey, wine glasses were at a premium, and why be a beggar or a chooser? I’m grateful to be invited, that’s all that matters.
But this wine has a lot going for it. There’s the dark berries, the light to medium tannings and slight tastes of oak. But this has a lot of structure to it. And usually when you see wines with labels like this, let alone ones with comic strips on the back (I love it), might be seen as a red flag. The fact I’m expounding on it shows I had questions myself. Not for long. This was fun and so was this party.
I didn’t even get a chance to drink much of it myself as the the bottle was decimated in minutes. That makes me feel good, not because I made the wine, but because I brought it. It’s just a nice feeling that you carved your niche into the evening. What a great night and I have yet to talk about the food or anything else.
The host got provided such comforting foods such as a couple of soups, meats, cheese, fruit, pastries, and these olives that to call them habit-forming would be an understatement.
Most of all was the people. It was a great gathering of old friends, and I made some new ones as well. That shouldn’t just be reserved for holiday parties, but with as many interactions as possible. It was a great night all around.
I don’t need to explain the lights on 34th Street. If you’ve been you know how charming it is. If you haven’t, you’ve got another month of this. It’s one of those things to cross off your list.
That’s one of many lists to talk about this holiday season. We got our Christmas lists with gifts, cards, parties, and all the other stuff that’ll keep us busy, but hopefully include a lot of fun this holiday.
For more on this wine, Touchstone Wines is the distributor. And for more on The Wine Source, click here.
The season is off to a great start, and I look forward to where we go from here. But for now, it’s time to savor the moment. One includes a beautiful new display straight out of New Orleans!
Peace Be With You.