A Wine Lover’s Guide for a Fun and Festive Holiday Season

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The season for wine festivities and holiday celebrations is right around the corner. And now is the perfect time to plan a few unique and fun activities to elevate your wine appreciation and tasting experiences.

Fall Wine Tasting Made Easy

The weather is changing and the beauty and magic of Autumn are here. Leaves are falling, wine grape harvest is finishing, the temperatures are dropping and the evening air is even getting a bit nippy. It’s a time for gathering with friends and family and enjoying the fast descent into the full holiday season!

And there is no better time to host a wine tasting party that showcases the bounties of fall and your favorite wines. From well-loved red blends to creamy and bright chardonnays, there is something for every guest to enjoy.

Make evening gatherings memorable with our 3 simple tips for fall wine tasting.

Wine games

Wine Themed Game Night

Looking for unique entertainment options for your holiday gatherings?

Gather your favorite wines, put your phone aside for an evening, and play a fun and popular viticulture game. In Viticulture, you find yourself in rustic, pre-modern Tuscany, where you’ve inherited a meager vineyard. You own a few plots of land, an old crush pad, a tiny cellar, 3 workers… and the dream of owning the best winery in Italy.

Your job is to allocate your workers and helpful visitors to complete various tasks throughout the year. There’s competition over those tasks, and often the first worker to arrive at each one has an advantage over the rest.

What’s even more fun than playing wine-themed board games? Visiting actual wineries! Consider a Christmas visit to the Texas Hill Country!

Travel to the Texas Hill Country for Christmas

christmas wine affairIf you’ve never explored the Texas Hill Country, you might want to add this to your holiday to-do list!

The Christmas Wine Affair brings the best of Texas wines and begins in December. This is considered the ultimate wine tasting event in the Lonestar State.

Dozens of wineries participate in this festive wine tasting event and it’s a fun way to ring in the holiday season.

Sip and sample all that Texas Wine Country has to offer from November 27 – December 22, 2023. Tickets and more information here.

Sharpen your knowledge of Texas wine with our Texas Hill Country Map. Explore dozens of wineries and vineyards as you swirl, sip and explore your favorites. This one-of-a-kind wine map has a slight vintage vibe and the details are exquisite. This must-have inaugural Texas wine map includes wineries, American Viticultural Areas, and 3 detailed inset maps (Fredericksburg, SW Austin, Dallas/Fort Worth).

Are you a wine person with either whiskey or whisky
husiasts on your holiday list? ☺

Buying a unique whisk(e)y gift can be intimidating, especially when you are a wine person!

We’ve gathered a few ideas that are both meaningful and entertaining!
 From our Speyside Scotch Whisky Distilleries Map to Bob Dylan’s Heaven’s Door Collection, you will find interesting whiskey gift ideas here.

And for the wine enthusiasts on your list: The Wine Lovers Advent Calendar

Sip your way into the holiday season with VINEBOX 12 Nights of Wine – an exclusive journey into the world of fine wines. Savor hand-picked selections from prestigious wine regions like Italy, France, Spain, and the heart of American wine country, California.

Vinebox Wine Gift

Picked as the “Best wine (advent calendar) to toast the holiday season’, by Oprah magazine.

From Thanksgiving through the New Year – Select your Wines with Confidence

Selecting wine for your guests and holiday parties can be stressful. With thousands of good wines to pick from, where do you start?

Of course budget is a starting place for many, and there are delicious options in reds and whites that are affordable.

Take the guesswork out of finding the right wines for your Thanksgiving dinner! A traditional thanksgiving dinner with turkey and all the fixings can pair well with both red and white wines.

From Pinot to Zinfandel, and Chardonnays from Sonoma, our favorite thanksgiving wines dives into the details on flavor profiles, costs and where to purchase.

Holiday wine recommendations

Need inspiration for holiday wines?

Watch VinMaps founder Suzi as she gives her initial thoughts of five holiday wines she hand-picked for her audience, whether you are a guest bringing wine or serving wine.

Toast to 2024! Leave behind 2023, but don’t leave behind Italy’s Heavenly Sparkler, Prosecco.

In this video about Prosecco, Suzi discusses Italy’s wine geography as it relates to Prosecco, with focus on the Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore region. Tidbits about Prosecco’s terroir are also shared.

Italy Wine Map

Are you interested in learning more about Italian wine and Italy? Consider our beautiful Italy Wine Regions map. This wine map is perfect for gift giving and a beautiful statement piece for your walls.

We hope you enjoyed our wine tasting suggestions and ideas for games, gifts, and enhancing your wine knowledge. As we swirl, sniff, and sip forward into the holiday season we wish you all the best!

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