Festive Reds for the Holidays!
Dream all you want of a white Christmas, but this is Charleston and the temperature will in no way drop that low as to allow puffy little flakes of snow to fall from the sky. So since White is out, we're just going to have to drink Red!
Speaking of Red, when thinking about the Holidays, and Christmas specifically, Red and Green are the two most prominent Christmas colors we identify with the holiday, with Gold rounding out the color scheme. But where did these colors associated with this festive season originate? Well the Green has been used for thousands of years in the form of evergreen plants (I.E. Christmas Trees), holly, ivy and mistletoe to decorate and brighten up buildings during the long dark winter. They also reminded people that spring would come and that winter wouldn't last forever! The Romans would exchange evergreen branches during January as a sign of good luck. The ancient Egyptians used to bring palm branches into their houses during the mid winter festivals (I.E. Again think Christmas Trees). In many parts of Europe during the middle ages, Paradise plays were performed, often on Christmas Eve. They told Bible stories to people who couldn't read. The 'Paradise Tree' in the Garden of Eden in the play was normally a pine tree with red apples tied to it.
We won't be drinking any Green Wine (Vinho Verde from Portugal); not to disregard it by any means!
So we're going full-on Red!
As mentioned above, an early use of red at Christmas were the apples on the Paradise Tree. They represented the fall of Adam in the plays. Red is also the color of Holly berries, which is said to represent the blood of Jesus when he died on the cross. Red is also the color of Bishops robes. These would have been worn by a certain Saint by the name of Nicholas; and hence became the uniform of the one and only Santa Claus!
And much like Santa, we'll be taking a trip around the world; sans flying sleigh. Instead we'll be here in warm and comfortable Charleston enjoying some truly great and festive Red wines from around the globe. Beaujolais in Southern Burgundy, the Loire Valley, Tuscany and California. Even Santa, with Rudolph's shiny-nosed assistance, and his sack full of Tinker Toys won't have a better selection for you!
Buon Natale and see you there!
The Wine Shop Team