Being Thankful and Mindful

It’s getting colder. The morning light comes later and the dark comes earlier.  And, everywhere you turn, retailers are demanding Christmas spirit as Starbucks pushes Pumpkin Spice.  The headlines can be hurtful and the future unclear.

However, it’s Thanksgiving and it’s time we turn ourselves to the feast and the wine.

Thanksgiving dinner is filled with friends, family and cacophony:  football, blenders, chopping, dicing, sautéing and brining, different points of view and persuasive arguments.  And, toasts!

A Glass of Thankfulness

Forget trying to be “matchy-matchy” with the quirky, sweet and savory dishes on the menu.   See which of these strategies for mindfulness and thankfulness works for you:

  1. Select a wine that reminds you of a wonderful time in your life.  A holiday, romance, special moment, a raise.  This adds to the mindfulness of the day.
  2. Select a wine from a favorite wine region you’ve visited or is on your bucket list.  This helps you visualize and focus on something you want to do.
  3. Look for a wine that carries your name.  For me it might be Hunt Cellars in Paso Robles.
  4. What’s your ancestry?  Never mind if you haven’t yet ordered your DNA kit.  Any French or Italian in your background? Pick a bottle of rosé from Provence or Tuscany or a spicy red from Cote du Rhone or a sexy Dolcetto di Dogliani from Piemonte.  Mexican or South American heritage?  Look for white, rosé and red wines from Valle de Guadalupe in Baja, or a Torrontes or Malbec from Argentina.
  5. Join the global celebration of this year’s Beaujolais Noveau! This year’s fresh harvest was released simultaneously worldwide Thursday, November 16th.  Hit up your favorite wine shop and try a few of these young and vibrant wines – some are juicy, frothy-tasting and wildly fruity. Others are a bit more serious and deliver to your palate a fresh cranberry, raspberry sensation. The King and one who started all the excitement of Beaujolais Noveau is Georges Duboeuf.  Check out Du Vin Wine & Spirits for a large selection from several producers as well.  They’re cheap and cheerful – try a bottle of each.
  6. Fizz!  Sparklers help lift our spirits and remind us of good times.  There are Spanish Cavas, Prosecco from Italy, Sparkling wines of Carneros, Oregon, Napa, Sonoma, Guadalupe Valle, the Loire Valley and the never-ending array of choices from Champagne.  Prices range from $6 – to the sky.  And, bubbles are always welcome as a gift for your host.

Whichever glass you choose to raise this Thanksgiving, take a moment to reflect upon our lives, families and friends and how wine and food enhance meals, conversation, and friendships.

Let’s take a mindful moment this holiday and savor what we have and are thankful for, and sip a glass of vintage Thanksgiving “Thankfulness”.

Being Mindful and Thankful this Thanksgiving

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Author: Stacie Hunt, Certified Silver Pin Sommelier / Wine and Food educator and author. Partner,  Point Media a Digital Production Company.

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