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Wine, Beer & Christmas Cheer! A holiday drinking guide!

Wine, Beer & Christmas Cheer! A holiday drinking guide!

This infographic was sent to us by Brian O’Shea who is the Director of a company called HomeBrew West in Ireland.

The infographic entitled Wine, Beer & Christmas Cheer! A holiday drinking guide! highlights the perfect pairings for Turkey, Ham, Duck and a range of other Christmas dinner options. Discover the secrets to choosing a dessert wine, and some top tips on enjoying a glass of bubbly during the festive season.

We hope that this holiday drinking guide will help you find the right food & alcohol pairings this holiday season. Download the Holiday Drinking Guide Now!

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Top Wines For Christmas 2013

Top Wines For Christmas 2013

It's getting to that time of year when we are starting to think about buying all of our Christmas dinner ingredients: sourcing our turkey (or goose, or beef...), and making lists to ensure that we don't forget any of the vital elements that go into the perfect Christmas day meal. A lot of us will also be looking to enjoy a decent tipple with our meal, and so here is West End Events mini guide to selecting the perfect wines to match your food to provide your Christmas parties with the perfect food and wine pairings.

There are many factors that need to be considered when selecting wines to accompany your Christmas feast. Think about how heavy the food and wine are, how intense are the flavours and how acidic is the mix. What you serve with each course will also affect the wine you choose.

If having the traditional turkey dinner, choose a either a full-bodied white or a medium red, but make sure you opt for a wine without too many tannins as turkey meat is quite lean. White fans may wish to choose a Chardonnay or a Sauvignon Blanc, those who prefer red wine would find that a Zinfandel, a Pinot Noir or an aged claret would pair well with both meat and accompaniments.

A red burgundy or a German Riesling would better suit a goose main course, but what if you are enjoying a roast beef main? The answer is that the best match for a roast beef dinner will always be a red. Fattier, larger cuts will need a wine with plenty of tannins, such as a red Bordeaux or a decent Cabernet Sauvignon, while leaner cuts such as fillet steaks pair well with wines with fewer tannins, such as a Beaujolais Cru.

You may also wish to go for a dessert wine - and again, there are different wines out there that will pair better with some puddings than with others. A rich, sweet wine like a sherry, for example, will overpower a Christmas pudding - you are better off with a lighter muscat - but not too light as it will get lost amongst all of the rich fruit of the pudding.

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Delightful Alcoholic Drinks You Must Try This Holiday Season

Delightful Alcoholic Drinks You Must Try This Holiday Season

The holidays are here again, and with them come the party planning, recipe exchanges, and of course those fun beverages strictly for the grownups. Whether it's Halloween, Thanksgiving or New Year's Eve, there are an array of alcoholic drinks to make and enjoy. Here is a selection of delightful holiday drinks for you and your friends to try this year and to love every year that follows.

For Halloween

Getting ready to host a killer Halloween party? Don't rule out considering one of these perfectly themed Halloween drinks.

If you are in the mood for something a little morbid, consider raising the dead with a Clementine Corpse Reviver cocktail. Typically garnished with an orange swirl, consider including festive Halloween color liquors to add a bit more visual appeal.

The aptly named R.I.P. features a pumpkin spice flavoring that is just right for fall. Another cocktail option includes the Itsy Bitsy, which is garnished with a raspberry spider. Your Halloween evening wouldn't be complete without a sip of Witch's Brew, perfect for a late night horror movie fest.

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Holiday Party Necessities

Holiday Party Necessities

Are you hosting a holiday party soon?  No matter if your party is big or small, there are certain necessities you need to have on hand. 

Drink Options

You’ll want to have a variety of drink options available to appease everyone.  First, start with basics like beer and wine.  Then, shop for liquor and the accompanying mixers.  Unless you have a bartender, you’ll want to have various spirits and mixers available so guests can make their own drinks.  At a minimum, you’ll want rum, coke, vodka and cranberry juice. 

Remember, people tend to pour too much when they serve themselves.  You have two options.  When the liquor is finished, you can switch to beer and wine.  Or, you can buy pourers with self-measuring spigots (available from any bar or restaurant supply store). 


The supplies you need will depend on the drinks you are serving.  Assuming you’ll be offering a variety of beverages, you’ll probably need all of the following:

  • White wine glasses
  • Red wine glasses
  • Beer steins or glasses (for those who don’t want to drink out of bottles)
  • Rocks glasses
  • A bottle opener (for beer bottles)
  • A corkscrew
  • Ice
  • Stir sticks
  • Cocktail napkins

Also, if you have a lot of guests coming, you may want to hire a bartender.  A bartender can take care of your party guests’ needs while you mingle and chat.  

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