If Santa Were A Wine Drinker

I know you’ve missed my wine posts. So, today’s ornament on the Partners in a Pair Tree will make you feel better.

I was thinking…

Do you suppose that Santa is a wine drinker?

Santa as a wine drinker

Even though we all know that the reindeer do the navigating on Christmas Eve, Santa seems like a responsible guy who would not drink and drive. But once he gets home after delivering toys to all the good little girls and boys, maybe he celebrates with a little vino?

And what about all those other cold nights at the North Pole? Don’t you think that Santa and Mrs. Claus might enjoy a nice glass of a hearty red wine now and again?

Assuming that the answer is “yes” I bet I know what they drink.

I bet that Santa’s “house wine” is from Chimney Rock Winery.

Chimney Rock is located in Napa Valley. They make delicious wines including some of the best cabernet sauvignon that you can imagine.

Chimney Rock Wine

From www.chimneyrock.com

The 2009 Chimney Rock Stag’s Leap Cabernet Sauvignon ($72) brings notes of “raspberry jam, sweet herbs and spices”. This very special wine achieved a score of 93 from Robert Parker.

Or perhaps Mr. and Mrs. Claus would prefer a nice red blend like the 2009 Chimney Rock Elevage ($76). Made from a blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc. This lovely wine was awarded 95 points by Wine Enthusiast.

Don’t you think either of these gems would be worthy selections for the guy who spreads happiness all over the world?

So then this got me to thinking, what about some of the other celebrities of the season? What might they enjoy?

How about a wine from Conundrum for the Grinch?

A conundrum, of course, is a difficult problem or question. This word perfectly describes the Grinch’s situation when he has the sleigh full of toys teetering on the edge of the cliff. Should he destroy the toys or return them to the Whos down in Whoville?

I would argue that what he really should do is relax with a nice glass of the 2011 Conundrum white wine blend ($18). This wine is described as having aromas of green apple, tangerine and honeysuckle blossoms and tastes of peach, green melon, pear and spicy vanilla.

Conundrum wine

What wines make up the Conundrum blend, you ask? Conundrum is known for the fact that they won’t tell. The winemaker thinks it would take all the fun out of it if they disclosed this information.  I don’t know about that, but I do know that the wine is fantastic.

Perhaps George Bailey from “It’s a Wonderful Life” would celebrate the kind donations from his neighbors by opening a few bottles from Nickel & Nickel.

Nickel & Nickel is a Napa winery (affiliated with Far Niente) that produces a stunning array of single vineyard wines. Although focused mostly on Cabernet Sauvignon, Nickel & Nickel also makes a small selection of single vineyard Chardonnay, Merlot, Syrah and Zinfandel.

The 2012 Nickel & Nickel Truchard Vineyard Chardonnay ($53) from the Carneros region of Napa Valley would be a lovely choice. With some of the iconic Chardonnay tastes of pear, apple, tropical fruits, vanilla and toasty oak, this wine would be a big hit among his white wine drinking pals.

Hmmmm… Who’s next?

Oh, how about Cindy Lou Who?

When “The Grinch Who Stole Christmas” first aired in 1966, Cindy Lou was described as being “no more than two”. By my calculation, that makes her 49 years old today – the perfect age to appreciate a glass of the 2010 Wallis Family Estate Little Sister Red Blend ($45).

Wallis Estates Little Sister

From www.wallisestate.com

Little Sister is a blend of 97% Cabernet Sauvignon and 3% Petit Verdot and was given a score of 91 by The Wine Enthusiast. This yummy wine would surely get Cindy Lou in the mood to sing a chorus of “Fah Who Foraze, Dah Who Doraze” – guaranteed!

I’ve got one more for you: Ebenezer Scrooge.  How about a wine from Ghost Pines or Ghost Block for the crabby turned generous guy. Perfect, right?

Perhaps he would like the 2012 Ghost Block Sauvignon Blanc ($24) with aromas of stone fruits and tastes of pear, peach, melon and orange peel.

Or the 2012 Ghost Pines Red Blend ($20) – a Robert Parker 90 point wine – with aromas of blueberry, licorice and cracked pepper and tastes of black cherry, blackberry and brown spice. Very nice!

What wine do you think Santa would drink? Did I miss any other obvious character/winery combinations?

As I add today’s ornament on our tree, I invite you to head over to Kelly’s site tomorrow to read about the Heritage Home Tours.

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