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Gobble, Gobble, Mother F–ker! (Turkey Day Wine Survival Guides 2016)

Vinted on November 23, 2016 binned in holidays

Gobble Gobble

Yeah, it’s that time of year. Again.

I know that plenty of people hate Thanksgiving wine pairing articles (because many of you contact me to complain when I write them). The trouble is, just as many of you seem to love the things and ask about them every year.

I almost never give specific wine recommendations for Turkey Day, because there are just too many culinary options on the table for any one wine to handle. It’s best to stick with general guidelines, which happen not to change year-on-year, so from the 1WD perspective, what’s needed to be said on these things has already been said. Which is why I am at the point of recursively recycling the said items that have already been said.

In that spirit, here are two previous articles on the T-Day wine pairing topic, which happen to link to other articles with information that the perennially buzzed among you may find useful (including a recent guide on what and how to gift booze, which many of you may almost certainly find yourself doing on Turkey Day):

Ye Olde Dreaded Thanksgiving Day Wine Article (And Other November Tidbits, Including The Most Talked About Wines Online In 2013)

Gifts For Another Horse’s Mouth (Gifting Alcohol 101 For

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Gifts For Another Horse’s Mouth (Gifting Alcohol 101 For

Vinted on November 16, 2016 binned in holidays, learning wine gifting alcohol


My latest piece for was published this week, and it’s geared towards the When, How, and What of gifting booze.

And not a moment too soon, I think, considering that the holidays are nigh upon us, and that you might have many, many friends who are desperately in need of a stiff drink (for example, the majority of the U.S. electorate after last week’s presidential election).

After being asked by to write this piece, I was amazed in my research at how little information is readily available when it comes to gifting alcohol.And that’s likely because it’s fraught with opportunities to drop the ornament ball. As I mentioned in the article, “..why all the gift-giving drama when it comes to booze? After all, isn’t this stuff supposed to be fun? The trickiness comes from a combination of history, culture, and subjective personal preference.”

I’m hoping that this little article contribution helps a few of us to brave the puritanical taboos that might otherwise prevent the booze from flowing generously (but responsibly!) this holiday season. Because, you know, I really don’t want people thinking that they can’t gift booze to me.

Anyway, head on over to to read Gifting Alcohol 101 and let me know what you think. Crazy-cool infographic awesomeness for this installment is, of course, included below after the jump.


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Happy Holidays, Beeeaaatches!

Vinted on December 24, 2015 binned in holidays

Happy Holidays, beeeeaaatches!!!

Snow miser heat miser

This is how *real* rock stars do the holidays, folks.

Take whatever holiday wine drinking advice you read with a serious heaping of salt grains (yes, even mine), and then drink whatever you want… just make sure it’s good stuff (to you), okay?

Hug your SO/loved ones/dogs/cats/gerbils/nutria. Be kind. Be generous. Be merry.

Oh, and embedded below, there’s a little ditty from the Steve Liberace Band (partially pictured above) to get you into the holiday spirit.





What We Drank For Pre-Thanksgiving Thanksgiving

Vinted on November 27, 2014 binned in crowd pleaser wines, holidays, kick-ass wines, wine review

Quick, get ready to freak out; I am about to talk about a wine that was not a sample, but for which I paid using my very own hard-earned cash! The atom might destabilize!!

It’s true. About the wine being purchased, I mean, not about the atom (I think).

The short version of the story is that at 1WD HQ, I tend to do a pre-Thanksgiving Thanksgiving meal, in which we indulge in home cooking, and focus on healthier versions of the Turkey Day classics, paired up with lots of wines from the sample pool.

Only this time, I found myself in desperate need of more than the usual pick-me-up, and decided to break into a bottle that I’d picked up on my lonesome, and have been not-so-patiently waiting for an excuse to crack open and enjoy.

As you will see from the inset pic and details below, much of what we drank – including that self-procured vino – are slightly different takes on wine world staples…

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