It’s whatever you want it to be and make it out to be. But if you sense the title is from a certain holiday movie, you’re exactly right.
And that’s exactly what I did with a friend this past Friday night. We watched this great movie, we had some pizza, and had a nice glass of wine.
While all the holiday parties were going on, all the shenanigans, and all the commotion of the weekend leading into Christmas, somewhere my mind, my heart, and my spirit became drained, exhausted, and at times dispirited.
That’s how the holidays have been for me this year. And it’s seemed to have mirrored other years. But as I get another year older, another year (maybe wiser), and becoming more self aware of what I can and should be doing, taking it easy seems to more of a preference of mine as opposed to a break now and again.
One of my favorite things now is to hang out at a friend’s house, have some wine, some good food, watch a movie or not, and have a spirited discussion between a few friends or one on one. It’s how you really get to know someone, and form bonds that otherwise would not be formed if perhaps in a more noisy, crowded, and rushed environment. Even many of the holiday parties I attended were either scaled back, more low key, and more intimate than in previous years. And that made for more time to get to know one another, meet some new people one otherwise wouldn’t, and to hear yourself and your peer talk.
Of course the constants of the food, booze, and Christmas Spirit remain. Those things will always remain.
And it’s nothing like a gathering of two to celebrate the holidays. My friend got the pizza, I got the wine. I didn’t take any quality pictures of the pizza, so you can assume it awesome. It was awesome. And I also blame my own fatigue of still running around during the holidays as to why the pictures are minimal this week. And in a way, I also need to scale back to keep it as simple as possible. Not just during the holidays but all year round.
The wine is the 2015 Dogajolo Baby Super Tuscan from Carpineto Winery.
As burnt out as a I am (and it may show in this post), I still looked for a bottle that had a label, a feel, and an energy for this season. I succeeded.
My friend is a fan of the wine and when she saw that’s what I brought, she was grateful. I’m feeling grateful.
You can find the notes here, and this wine has a lot of structure and has so much to offer, just as a simple evening in with a friend has so much to offer. This wine goes anywhere from $9-12 and that’s a great value, just a a night in with a friend is.
With 80% Sangiovese and 20% Cabernet and other varietals, it almost feels like a mix of a light and full bodied wine. Now why do I say that? You get the best of everything. It’s a fruity wine with dark cherries, vanilla, and spices while still tasting like a medium to full bodied wine that is easy to drink. Yet it’s full of structure and balance that it pleases all palates and many different tastes. It’s a wine for all occasions. So this works all year round with all kinds of food.
Or with nothing at all.
For all that I can expound upon, the only thing that matters in the end is that my friend and I enjoyed this wine. The movie felt like it went by in a flash, just like the night did, and just like this holiday season did. So a few hours of peace is always welcome and has been a recurring theme throughout this blog and the stories that I write.
The best stories of wine drinking (and many spiritual entities for that matter) are the ones shared with a few dear friends, over some good food, over some good anything, or sometimes nothing at all.
The holidays are a time to reflect, to review, renew, and yet rekindle relationships with family, friends, and most importantly yourself. A genuine time with a great friend will check off all those boxes and more. I’m happy to have been a part of something so simple and beautiful.
Having a dog to hang out with never hurts either.
I look forward to the next time.