The countdown to the holidays is officially on, Christmas music is playing almost everywhere, and you’ve got most of the gifts checked off your list. What next?
Now, it’s time to start focusing on enjoying all that the festive season has to offer. Chances are your calendar for December is the fullest it’s been all year, and that calls for a celebration (or six).
If you don’t typically wear the host hat during the year, it’s your time to shine. The only problem? You don’t know where to start when it comes to finding suitable adult libations for each holiday occasion. That’s where elegant MASI wines come in.
To help you hit your holiday stride in full(-bodied) form, here are our top picks for every kind of occasion this season.
The only thing we love more than breakfast? A holiday brunch any time between 10 am to 2 pm (timing is everything). This season, impress your friends by popping a bottle of premium yet affordable Modello Prosecco and making some mimosas. A trendy holiday drink, it’s exceptionally fresh with notes of pear, apple, apricot, and white flowers (you heard it here!). Pro tip: this bubbly pairs effortlessly well with seafood and fish as well as cheese, so it’s the only reason you need to follow brunch with a luxe grazing platter.
No matter how prepared we are, a gift or two always gets left until the last minute. Thankfully, there’s a way you can impress your giftees with a bottle of fine Amarone Classico Riserva Costasera. The product name alone screams elegance, and when it comes to its rich, bold taste with aromas of dried plum, it’s easy to see why this wine is recognized as a more premium option. Flavours of baked cherry with hints of chocolate and cinnamon make it a great choice for after-dinner drinks. But since it complements game and red meat, it’s totally acceptable to enjoy a glass earlier too.
For Christmas dinner
Arguably the biggest, most indulgent feast of the entire year, Christmas dinner is no joke. A lot of preparation and planning goes into each course, from your appetizer through to dessert, so it makes sense to serve up a wine that will make the main course stand out. Best paired with turkey or poultry, MASI Campofiorin Ripasso is the top-selling Italian red in BC, and for good reason. This rouge is versatile with flavours of red berry fruit, so you can pair it with anything from dishes dressed in rich sauces to well-aged cheese.
The holiday season gets everyone in a merry-good mood, which is why it’s the ideal time to host a fun night at your place (or volunteer a friend with a bigger apartment). MASI Modello Pinot Grigio is a wonderful option to serve up with antipasti, risotto, pasta made with light sauces, fish, white meat, and veggie dishes. We appreciate the fact that it’s a well-balanced wine with intensely fruity notes of pear, pineapple, and grapefruit, which are offset by a zingy acidity. It’s the way good holiday parties should taste.
For festive date night
Over the coming weeks, you’re probably going to be spending a lot of time visiting family and catching up with friends. But what about spending time with your special someone? Schedule an evening together over the holidays and have a date night watching your favourite Christmas movies. You don’t have to go all-out and make a full roast dinner because MASI Modello Merlot pairs well with cured meats (charcuterie board or a simple, hearty soup, anyone?). This full-bodied red has silky tannins, which blend well with fruity notes of Marasca cherry, plums, raspberries, and fruits of the forest.
For New Year’s Eve
This New Year’s Eve, swap waiting in line for a cab downtown at 2 am for a party with friends and family. There’s only one chance to celebrate the coming of 2020 and it’s going to be the biggest party of the year (correction: decade). For that reason, celebrate in style. We haven’t met a white wine we didn’t like, but Modello Masianco, a fresh white with aromatic, fruity, and honey notes, is next level. It’s the result of combining Pinot Grigio Delle Venezie with the Appassimento technique. Get fancy and make some upscale tacos for your NYE party because fish and grilled white meat pair well with this wine… and everyone loves tacos.