The 12 Days of Christmas

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Sometime before Thanksgiving, I began thinking about Christmas (I’m a planner…occupational hazard..sorry) and I thought it might be fun to “do” the 12 days of Christmas in wine. Not another “12 best wines” or yet one more “12 wines to serve with turkey” or “12 wines to give as gifts” but 12 wines to go along with the well-known song: “The 12 Days of Christmas”. My idea was to match 12 wines to the song, drink them and write a blog a day for 12 days….easy, right?

Not really….

The first challenge was finding out exactly when the 12 days begin. Some people count December 25th and others start the count on the 26th. As I am typing this early on the morning of the 25th (surrounded by the detritus of last minute wrapping, a half empty glass of port and munching on a shortbread cook), I am starting the count on the 26th.

The second challenge was locating and purchasing 12 wines that would match the gifts named in the song. (You would not believe how hard it was to find a wine for “12 drummers drumming”!). But I persevered, called on friends for ideas, searched the net, haunted the LCBO and the SAQ, broke out the credit card for some on-line ordering, drove across Gatineau in a snow storm to grab the last bottle for Day 6, and whined about my problems to all and sundry. I declared success a few days ago with the purchase of the last bottle.

The third challenge was drinking the wines. As much as I like wine, drinking 12 wines over 12 days is a bit much, even for me. If you’ve read my blogs or know my family and friends, you can imagine how I am meeting this one: by starting early and sharing. (It’s a good thing I have a high opinion of my own charm or I might start to think they love me for my wine).

The fourth and final challenge is writing the pieces. I propose to solve this problem by writing one short (yes, short…I can do it…at least, I think I can) piece for every wine: a description of the wine, perhaps a pairing, some photos and how I chose the wine to match the day.

So, there it is: my version of Operation Rudolf (12 wines in 12 days…my nose may very well be red!).

12 wines in 12 days...

12 wines in 12 days…


Although trained as a sommelier, I pay my bills working as an IT consultant. I love what I do for a living and keep wine as my hobby. As it looks bad if you only drink, I have occasionally been known to eat as well. Growing up on four different continents, I love to cook and appreciate the cuisines of the world. But wine is my passion. With a well-stocked cellar, I am always on the hunt for new wines and love hearing from people about their latest find or interesting pairing. My approach to wine: Drink what you like. Wine reviews need not be stuffy. Numerical ratings are meaningless. If it tastes good, drink it! If you don’t like it, then it’s not the wine for you.