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Summit Street Guide to Holiday Drinking

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year... a whirlwind of decorating, navigating travel, juggling extended family, Christmas concerts, teacher gifts and moving that damn elf, all while trying to create the perfect memories for our kids and loved ones. I don’t know about you, but I need a glass of wine after writing about it, let alone doing it! 

"But I'm sick of drinking that same Sauv Blanc every night, how should I mix it up?" you ask. (Not to put words in your mouth, it's just an assumption. Insert your beverage of choice:) Never fear, I'm here to help! 

With my extensive holiday drinking experience, below find my go-to's for many of the situations in which I find myself. If there's a missing scenario, please ask. It could benefit us all and I wouldn't want anyone to go thirsty!


Hosting a holiday brunch and I need a crowd pleaser:

MV Roederer Estate Brut Rosé (approx retail $29)


Dinner with friends and need a food friendly option:

2016 Jean-Louis Dutraive Fleurie (approx retail $34)


Desperately searching Amazon Prime for gifts that will ship on time:

2013 Albert Boxer Edelzwicker (approx retail $27)


The entire family arrives tomorrow and my four year old decides to “redecorate” the tree while I frantically cleaned:

Gutiérrez Colosia Oloroso "Sangre Y Trabajadro" Sherry (approx retail $19)


Holiday party hostess gift:

Escubac Botanical Spirit* (approx retail $22 for half bottle)

*Think of this as a natural, softer alternative to gin. Perfect substitute in a G&T and its beautiful bottle makes for a very pretty gift!


I'm exhausted, so it's pizza night (who am I kidding, this happens at least once a week with or without the holidays):

2015 Le Coste Rosso di Gaetano (appox retail $23)


The kids are in bed so I'm just sippin’:

2016 Champalou Vouvray (approx retail $20)


Forgot to book our return flight home from winter break and now we're really paying for it:

Four Roses single barrel bourbon (approx retail $40)


The presents are wrapped, the stockings are hung and Santa got his cookies:

2014 Catherine et Pierre Breton Nuits D'Ivresse Bourgueil (approx retail $32)


The husband made a fancy dinner, we're indulging and want celebrate 2017!

2014 Chandon de Briailles Pernand-Vergelesses 1er Cru Ile des Vergelesses (approx retail $62)


Cheers and happy holidays!


Adrienne Voboril