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Snooth User: Lucha Vino

New Year's Celebrations

Original post by Lucha Vino, Dec 26, 2011.

What are people planning to open for New Year's celebrations? 

Anything special in your cellar that you are planning to open and share with friends?  Or, keep all for yourself?!


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Reply by vin0vin0, Dec 31, 2015.
We have a party for friends and neighbors every year, expecting about 30 for the party and 8 for a pre-party dinner. Not a lot of wine snobs here so I'm going with some nice Cellar Defenders that should make everyone happy.
For dinner (slow roasted beef tenderloin, au gratin potatoes and a spinach/artichoke salad) our companions are not as into wine as I am so I'm splitting the difference and pouring a couple of nice red Rhone blends from Adelaida.
For bubbles I'm chilling a couple mags of Roederer and some Laurent-Perrier. For whites there will be some Bouchaine chardonnay and a few Domaine Lafage Côte Est. Reds with consist of a couple bottles of Ca' Momi Rosso Di Napa, which came highly recommended as a crowd pleasing full bodied Napa red and some Seven Falls Cabernet Wahluke Slope from WA.
We do have a couple cab lovers coming that appreciate nicer wines so I have a Scherrer, a Croze and a Burly cab waiting in the wings.
Here's to drinking well in the New Year!!!
Reply by Really Big Al, Dec 31, 2015.

Holy cow V V.  That is going to be a most-excellent party!

Reply by vin0vin0, Dec 31, 2015.

It's all about the people, but serving some good wine doesn't hurt either.

Reply by MJET, Dec 31, 2015.

Great event VV! I'm up in Smokey Mountains with my family. We did some excellent zip lining on Tuesday! What a rush!  We have some Chimney Rock and Myriad on tab plus a few others. Happy New Year! 


Reply by Lucha Vino, Dec 31, 2015.

I'm going to bring this Andrew Will Orange Muscat to share with friends tonight.  I also bought a bottle of Costco's Kirkland Signature Champagne (yes, really Champagne).  I'm curious to taste it.  Could be a real bargain at $20/bottle.

Reply by Really Big Al, Dec 31, 2015.

Nice L V.  We also have a Muscat that we plan to open tonight to celebrate the new year.

Reply by Richard Foxall, Dec 31, 2015.

We're going very low key.  We're going to catch a movie (probably The Big Short), eat stand up food on Shattuck Avenue, and be home by 10 p.m.  So, probably no wine.  Most of our traditions are on hold this year since we are still living in other people's spaces.  We just have to keep telling ourselves it's all going to be worth it.  The kids have plans with friends, one for overnight, one to come home early with us. 

I read a great article about the Kurds recently in the New York Review of Books and learned that they celebrate New Year's on the first day of spring, which makes much more sense to me.  It's apparently the Sufi tradition, although they aren't Sufis, they are identified as Sunni.  But they go their own way on a lot of things. We'll be back in the house and fully functional then, so watch this space for reports of my NY celebration in March!

Reply by dmcker, Dec 31, 2015.

Japanese used to share a lunar calendar with the Chinese, so a number of their New Year's customs (like massive purification and the functional equivalent of spring cleaning) are not only Shinto and Buddhist but more suited to February than late December. They adopted our calendar as part of their modernization efforts in the latter half of the 19th century, but obviously more than a millenia of rituals surround the greatly-shifted New Year's date couldn't be restarted for the solstice period rather than the end of winter.

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