December 23rd, 2010
The spirit of Christmas should be felt all year long—so why not the décor?
A year-round tree might be a bit over-the-top but keep the festive season alive with ornaments by Kitras Art Glass (from $29.97).
Made from recycled glass, each ornament has a story and the collections include Inspiration, Friendship, Birthday and Witch Balls, said to ward off evil spirits. During the holidays, adorn the tree with the colourful spheres and when January hits, hang the ornaments by the window for a little piece of Christmas every day.
From a selection at Twigs and Company, 121 Eighth Ave. SW, Calgary, 403-263-3302, www.twigs.ca
December 10th, 2010
Whether you’re hosting, gifting or attending, herewith, five wines to get you into the holiday spirit.
From the little bike on the label to its versatility and Chilean roots, the earthy/fruity Cono Sur Pinot Noir ($9) is our organic pick for the eco-conscious person in your life. At Real Canadian Superstore Liquor Store, www.superstore.ca
A blend of Napa and Sonoma grapes, Ghost Pines Cabernet Sauvignon is full-bodied perfection ($16) and ideal paired with a hearty meal. At Real Canadian Superstore Liquor Store, www.superstore.ca
The Malbec is the universal crowd pleaser and that includes impressing feisty holiday guests. Altos Las Hormigas winery in Argentina does Malbec best. And when the snow melts, think of the full-bodied red for your next picnic (las hormigas is Spanish for ants). $16.80 at Highlander Wine and Spirits, 2919 Richmond Rd SW, Calgary, 403-233-2629 and 2033 16th Ave. NW, Calgary, 403-777-1922, www.highlanderwine.com
Pretty In Pink
She’s got a new movie coming out so it’s only fitting to celebrate with a bottle of the Sofia Coppola Blanc De Blancs ($36.35). The fruity and light sparkling white is a blend of Pinot Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc and Muscat and perfect to share with your bestie, even on a cold winter night. At Highlander Wine and Spirits, 2919 Richmond Rd SW, Calgary, 403-233-2629 and 2033 16th Ave. NW, Calgary, 403-777-1922, www.highlanderwine.com
When you’re hosting the party, go big with the Four Vines Maverick Zinfandel. Rich with blackberry fruit and a hint of velvet vanilla oak, this full California red ($37.49) is sure to impress. At Kensington Wine Market, 1257 Kensington Rd. NW, Calgary, 403-283-8000, www.kensingtonwinemarket.com
December 24th, 2008
Boney M’s Christmas album is always on repeat this time of year but our favourite holiday tune has to be “Fairytale of New York,” originally done by The Pogues in 1987.
Not-so-kid friendly lyrics means you can’t always have the tune pumping when the famiglia is around, but the Irish folk-style ballad, belted by the Anglo-Irish group and featuring the late English singer Kirsty MacColl, is our holiday classic.
The Very Best of The Pogues, $12.26 at Amazon.ca.