I'm at an age where the house begins feeling small. My parents (my mother) can be wonderfully indulgent with me, and I try to take up my fair share of the household burden, but there is a strain with living at home in your mid-twenties.
No gift-buying this year. Not in the traditional sense. So how does one still put thought into the holidays, without giving presents? By making sure that these few days are filled end to end with massive dinners and expensive wines, that's how. Some people have told me I'm being silly - people forget about the food I cook, the wines I serve. In contrast, that iPad you bought? Unforgettable. I disagree, vigorously. My food, my wine . . . I try to serve everything for a specific purpose, like serving 5 different cuts of beef, or pouring 5 different Chablis crus. All to build our understanding of cuisine, to someday hopefully become authorities on why grass-fed beef is so different than corn-fed, or why Montmains and Vaillons express themselves so uniquely.
That's what I've been working on for the past 2 months. Putting together all the wines I want to drink for the holidays has been a lot of work, but very rewarding. This is always the time of year when I feel less guilty about drinking more expensive wines - the holidays to me has always been about drinking red Burgundy, Champagne, and Port. This year, I've added in white Burgundy and Barolo . . . no Bordeaux. Maybe in a few years when the 2005's begin coming around.
I've shut off all the vents in the basement, to maintain a steady temperature around 11-13°C. Frigid like nothing else, but it's worth it. A few more treasures left to drink - let's end the year on a high note. What have you been drinking for the holidays?