The New Year and the Tradition of Champagne (Sparkling wine for us!)

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You may be surprised to know that the origins of New Year’s and Champagne date all the way back to Julius Caesar himself. However, it wasn’t tradition to celebrate at midnight until the 1800s, and it is well known that champagne was a big contributor to those parties since the mid-century.

At the end of the 19th century, it was uncommon to see something other than champagne served at a New Year’s party. In the years leading up to the turn of the century, champagne sales soared from 6 million bottles per year to nearly 30 million bottles. And during the 1930s, a popular New York restaurant dubbed it the most fashionable, upper class thing to drink.

Even during Prohibition, the champagne market wasn’t affected as much as people may think. The U.S. still imported champagne by identifying less direct routes. After Prohibition was repealed, champagne consumption returned in full, reaffirming its tie with New Year’s traditions. As we know today, the tradition of champagne toasts still holds true.

Our sparkling wine is sure to do the same. Give it a try for this year’s celebrations!
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Exciting (and easy!) ways to pair wine for the holidays.

The holidays are an excellent opportunity to pair delicious foods with fine wine. While you may be juggling a variety of dishes and wine preferences, we’ve made a list of classic pairings that are sure to have everyone at the table satisfied.

Screen Shot 2018-12-11 at 9.31.03 AM.pngAppetizers and Desserts
Finding a wine to serve at the beginning and the end of your holiday celebration can be a challenge. Why complicate things? Our Merlot is a chameleon of sorts. It will pair fantastically with savory appetizers, as well as sweet desserts.

Traditional Holiday Dishes
Classic dishes like Turkey or Prime Rib, pair well with a versatile wine that can complement even the heartiest of plates. Our 2016 Petite Sirah does just that. It’s elegant, lush and bold characteristics allow it to hold up to traditional holiday dishes.

The Guest who Prefers White Wine
Finding a white wine that complements every dish you’re serving, from appetizers to main dishes and desserts, is no easy task. Our Reserve Chardonnay is uniquely well rounded, making it the perfect white pairing for each food you serve.

vw_festive_champagne_6869New Year’s Celebrations 
The drink of choice for New Year’s celebrations has long been coveted by champagne. This year, why not try something new? Our Methode Champenoise is a wonderful combination of fruit and toasty notes.

To purchase your holiday wines, visit us in the Tasting Room or give us a call at (408)353-2500.
Tasting Room Hours:
Saturdays – 11am to 4pm
Sundays – 11am to 5pm

Another delicious way to enjoy wine over the holidays!

One of our tried and true favorites this time of year, our Holiday Spice Mulled Wine, is soon to return to Regale’s Tasting Room. Its pleasant notes of cinnamon, honey, clove and nutmeg will warm you to the core.

Mulled Wine
Available at Regale Winery and Vineyards in the Tasting Room:

Saturday, December 22nd • 11am – 4p
Sunday, December 23rd • 11am – 5pm
We’re quite sure you will be wanting more. Here’s our recipe so you can enjoy our mulled wine throughout the season.

Get the Recipe:

  • 1/2 Bottle Sonoma County Cabernet Sauvignon
  • 1/2 Bottle 2015 Paso Robles Merlot
  • 2 Cups Apple Cider
  • 1/2 Cup Orange Juice
  • 5 Tbsp Honey
  • 3 Cinnamon Sticks
  • 1/2 Cup Sugar
  • 3 Cloves
  • 1 Tsp Nutmeg
  • 4 Orange Slices
  • 2 Lemon Slices
Combine all ingredients in a large saucepan and simmer at low heat for about 10 minutes. Then keep warm over very low heat. Pour into mugs and serve with optional garnishes: orange peel, cinnamon stick, star of anise. You can also prepare mulled wine in a crock pot. Follow all steps and leave wine on “Keep Warm” setting.
We hope you enjoy!