When I first put serious, sober thought into what sacrifices I would have to make by going on a one year cider-only diet, I knew the hardest part would be foregoing Christmas. I can remember so many great spirits of Christmas past, but this year there can be only one. This year my lowly bar will be simple, stocked with only 3 wise bottles of The County Cider Company Peach- Feral- and Original cider.
Not allowing myself to drink any of the great Prince Edward County wines this holiday season is my own cross to bear. I figure if I can’t stock them in my bar, I will instead give them as gifts. The Black Prince Winery has recently introduced the first Prince Edward County VQA Vidal Icewine. This Saturday, Karlo Estates winery is celebrating Wassail with a special film screening, and a meet-and-greet with artists Brandy Gale, Vanessa Pandos and Small Pond Arts. A perfect chance to grab some of their Van Alstine port, another first in this wine region that’s getting rave reviews, and to see and buy the works of some great local artists. A gift of art says that your relationship with the recipient is unique and special. Kind of like a certain reindeer. You know, the one whose nose went red after drinking too much cider. Speaking of cider, I’m planning on picking up some of The County Cider Co.’s limited-run Bubbling Fool Rose - perfectly festive. Their delicious iced cider is a thoughtful gift that I don’t have to put a lot of thought into.
I know I can’t buy art and alcohol for everone on my list, so for the minors in my life, The Galloping Goat and Kelly’s Store are a couple of reliable sources for funky toys and styling kids clothes. My wife’s favourite is this weekend’s Busy Hands Craft Fair, organized by Vicki’s Veggies and Honey Pie Hives and Herbals. This fabulous fair has just about anything you could imagine that’s been hand-made by talented Prince Edward County residents, and I bet you can find something for nearly everyone on your list. And if you can’t, a gift certificate for Chesterfields Homegrown Cafè or a pound of our signature black is a great option too. I can’t help but wonder that if Jesus had turned water into cider instead of wine he may have been a little more popular, you know, living in the desert and all.
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