For Christmas day I took the early (read: break of dawn) train from Penn up to Hudson, to make it home for breakfast, coffee, mimosas, and presents.
If you’re seeking gift-wrapping inspiration, see my brother’s skills (is he good or what?!):
I brought a few wine finds home to share with the family. The most enjoyable party of my career is sharing wines with people for the first time – giving them an experience they’ve never had before. The two that came with me this year were a large format of Savinnieres, and a Chianti Riserva. The fam tends to stick to the Cab or Chard standards, so these were a little different, but not too far from the comfort zone.
Domaine des Deux Vallees, Savennieres, 2009 (Chenin Blanc) – Crisp and smooth, the palate is balanced, and the acid is well integrated. Good aperitif wine for sipping before dinner. This was the magnum, but the standard 750ml runs around $13.