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Valentine’s Day is almost here, and what better way to celebrate than by acknowledging your special someone’s love language. I recently took the quiz and found out that my love language is wine. But then I was told that wine is not one of the 5 love languages, so I have no idea what quiz I took. Maybe it was the Myers-Briggs? Anyway, why not pair your love language with wine!
01. Words of Affirmation
“I love you, and you will love this wine.”
For this love language, you need a wine that has a lot to say. I suggest the 2019 Viognier. It has aromas and flavors that linger and whisper softly, “You are perfect. Go ahead, take another sip.” It’s smooth and full-bodied with an ever-changing finish that expresses itself with minerality and crisp citrus.
02. Quality Time
“Let’s spend some time together drinking this bottle of wine.”
Quality time is all about giving your full attention to the person you are with. Why not spend some of that quality time sharing a bottle of 2019 Sweet Riesling? Just the right amount of fun and relaxing, sweet but not too sweet. Complex enough to keep the conversation going, but not so overwhelming that you get distracted and forget that this is about your loved one and not the wine.
03. Acts of Service
“I opened this bottle of wine and poured it into your favorite glass.”
What wine not only loves you but shows you it loves you? Which wine is willing to do the work for you, to show you just how much it cares? That wine is the 2019 Merlot. You can always count on Merlot; it is a staple of the wine world and willing to do the extra work, so you don’t have to. 2019 is fruity and soft on the finish with just the right amount of cherry and vanilla flavors.
04. Physical Touch
“I may have a bottle of wine in one hand and glass in the other, but I can still give you a hug.”
Who needs physical touch from a loved one when you can let Shiraz Reserve give all your taste buds an embrace of flavor? Shiraz Reserve is not just an embrace for your tongue, it is a whole mouth experience. With perfectly balanced acid and tannins, this full-bodied wine caresses the pallet with a flavor that is so complex it shifts with every sip.
05. Receiving Gifts
“I got you a bottle of wine while I was running errands.”
Just a little something to show you care. Any bottle of Lost Oak wine speaks to this love language. Just the act of ordering online for delivery, curbside pickup, or stopping by and letting one of our friendly staff help pick something out is perfect for this love language.
Whatever the love language of you and your loved one, we have a wine we can pair it with. Cheers!
We have all been waiting patiently for this time of year, and it’s not because of the decorations, the parties, the presents, or even the impending arrival of Santa… It’s all about the Christmas movies! It doesn’t have to be Halloween to watch a scary movie or Valentine’s Day to watch a romantic movie, but Christmas movies are something special. Nothing solidifies the Christmas spirit like snuggling up under a warm blanket, toasty socks on, the twinkling of the lights on the tree in the background, and turning on a beloved Christmas movie. But the big question is not what movie you are going to watch but what are you going to drink while watching it? We have some great Christmas movie and wine pairings for your holiday enjoyment.
1. A Charlie Brown Christmas - Mulled Wine with Holiday 2019
Starting with one of the Classics, A Charlie Brown Christmas. Just a kid trying desperately to find the Christmas spirit amongst commercialism and consumerism. Charlie Brown just can't seem to get it from aluminum trees to a dog who wins a Christmas decorating contest until the heartwarming ending. This needs a wine just as classic as it is. We suggest making a warm spiced wine recipe. Click here for our favorite recipe and use Lost Oak's Holiday 2019.
2. How the Grinch Stole Christmas- Rosa Blanca
Keeping with the classics, we’ll move on to How the Grinch Stole Christmas. There are a lot of different versions of this one, but the story is always the same: Green guy hates Christmas and steals it only to find out Christmas isn’t a thing you can steal. Much like Charlie Brown, it doesn’t get sweet and sappy till the end. In fact, the Grinch is so despicable you are going to need a sweet wine to balance out his sourness. We suggest Rosa Blanca 2019. The cheery, pink hue will keep the grinchyness from taking over before the delightful ending.
3. Elf- Viognier Reserve
On the opposite side of the Grinch, we have Elf. Buddy is a little too enthusiastic about Christmas… and he likes the sweets a little too much. Yes, like the others before, it has an amazingly heartwarming ending and everyone believes in the magic of Christmas, but there is a lot of candy-coated gooeyness to get through, so we suggest a dry white wine like our Viognier Reserve. The dry oakiness will balance out Buddy’s love for maple syrup on spaghetti noodles.
4. Home Alone - Any Wine!
Nothing epitomizes the craziness of the holidays like Home Alone. Parents’ worst nightmare-kids' dreams come true- until you find yourself fighting off “The Wet Bandits.” It's absolute ridiculousness and absurdity but such fun. Who didn’t want to be Kevin setting up all those traps and sneaking around? The wine pairing for this; any wine you want, but drink it out of a mug. You’re a kid left alone for the holidays! No one's watching, who needs the fancy glass?
5. Die Hard- Shiraz Reserve
We have a controversial Christmas movie up next: Die Hard. Hey, they can’t all be sticky with Christmas joy, sometimes they need explosions and for the bad guy to die… hard. All the haters should know that it happens on Christmas, so it is a Christmas movie. But what company has their Christmas party on Christmas? The best advice I have is don’t try and logic it, just enjoy the action and the delightful Christmas backdrop while sipping on Shiraz Reserve. A movie this bold and iconic deserves a wine to match it.
6. A Christmas Story- Mimosa with Texas Duet
What movie is famous for being played for TWENTY-FOUR HOURS on Christmas Day? A Christmas Story. Whether you sit down and watch it at least once all the way through or have it on for background noise and pop in and out of it, there is no denying its place at the top of the Christmas movie pantheon. The hilarity and heartwarming-ness of it don’t stem from the crazy antics, but how eerily accurate it is to an average family’s Christmas. Of course, we don’t all win a big award that turns out to be a leg lamp, but we can all relate to the way the Parker family reacts to everyday life. This is a marathon movie which means your wine choice needs to keep up, we suggest making a spritzer or mimosa with Texas Duet, so you can enjoy A Christmas Story allllll day.
Have your own pairing in mind? Pick from any of our wines to pair with your favorite Christmas movie!
It's turkey time at Lost Oak and we are here to answer that age-old question; What wine should I pair with Thanksgiving dinner?
Don’t worry, our resident wine nerd, Angela, has you covered. We have four wines that will pair perfectly with everything on your Thanksgiving table but to also please everyone sitting at the table.
1. Holiday Red 2019
First up we have our yearly Holiday release! A versatile dry red that is more on the fruity side. Rich with flavors of ripe berries it will compliment everything from turkey to mashed potatoes and everything in between.
But if you have friends or family that are looking for something a little drier, we have the Montepulciano. Its character is a little more spicy with rich tannins making it the perfect compliment to ham and some of your creamy side dishes.
For the white drinkers in your life, we have our Gewurztraminer. A wonderfully, friendly wine reminiscent of figs and nectarines, this wine is the perfect starter to your evening. Have it with your appetizers or with you while you are cooking.
4. White Holiday
Last but not least is our White Holiday. This dessert wine needs no pairing, it is decadent and rich all on its own. However, no Thanksgiving is complete without pie, and this is just the wine you want while enjoying that slice of apple, pumpkin, or pecan pie!
Come into the tasting room to pick up all four wines together and ready to take to your Thanksgiving table.
Halloween is just around the corner and that means lots and lots of candy! But before you raid your kid's trick or treating haul, you might want to give some thought to what wines would pair with your candy selection. Here are some basics to keep in mind for wine and candy pairing. Chocolate and red wine were made for each other. Dryer red wine tends to go better with darker chocolates, but you’d be surprised how well it goes with milk chocolate too. White wines pair well with fruity candies, but they can also go with white chocolate. Here is a quick guide for some of the more common Halloween candies:
1. Quartet and Candy Corn
Love them or hate them, candy corn is here to stay. If you are not a candy corn enthusiast, perhaps try it with our Quartet wine. Quartet has flavors in droves and will bring out flavor nuances in the otherwise bland candy corn.
2. Tempranillo and Recee's Cup
Reese's Peanut Butter Cups are always a favorite to sneak out of your kid's candy stash. Its tantalizing blend of chocolate and peanut butter makes it a great pairing for Tempranillo.
3. Sweet Riesling and Jolly Rancher
Jolly Ranchers are the quintessential fruity hard candy. The best way to enjoy this candy is to find your favorite flavor and plop it into a glass of Sweet Riesling! It will change the color of the wine as you drink and add its signature flavor to the wine.
4. Meritage and Snickers
Snickers is another candy that you just can’t have Halloween without. Most of us are so used to this candy staple that we forget that it is a unique combination of chocolate, peanuts, caramel, and nougat. That is a lot of flavors crammed into one glorious candy! It requires a wine of equal complexity, such as the Meritage. After all, it is a combination of 3 different wines.