Fall & Winter Elevated Holiday Season Entertaining EssentialsOctober 31, 2022
Easy fall & winter elevated holiday Season entertaining Entertaining: FREE downloadable guides! Get into the holiday spirit and be the *hostess with the most* with fun, festive sparkling cocktails, foolproof wine, and food pairings, playlists that elevate the party, entertaining ideas, & BONUS wine lover’s gift guide!
These wines are made for women, by women, and are perfect resources for parties, holiday getaways, or a cozy winter’s night at home.
We’re committed to serving up the best and easiest ways to cultivate JOY in everyday moments, especially during the hustle and bustle of the holiday season. This is why we’ve put together several resources to make this holiday season a breeze, with more time around the table with friends and family.
Our owner, Tawnya Falkner, is all about the details and offering surprise and delight features for guests. These vegan-friendly, women-made wines were designed with the aesthetic and overall experience in mind. Tawnya believes in appealing to all the senses and at the end of the day, we all eat and drink with our eyes, and music, candles, art, smalls, taste and tactile experience all impact the overall ambiance and the feeling/vibe created.
Entertaining: Elegant, Effortless, & Elevated
Easy Holiday Entertaining: Evenings are often full during the holidays so why not change it up! Consider some fun alternatives to make your life easier as the host:
- Organize a dessert party rather than a full meal
- Brunch! Everyone is busy in the evenings with concerts and school events, a morning get-together is perfect. This Breakfast Board would be great!
- Mashed Potato Bar – guests can customize to their tastes and you’ve freed up tons of time to enjoy their company!
- “Snow Day” winter dinner party. Make a paper or edible snowflake-shaped decorations
- Just for fun: a wine and cheese tasting party
- Looking for vegan-friendly entertaining inspiration? How about easy plant-based crostini or a bruschetta bar?
- Holiday Movie Night In! Dress up your popcorn sweet or savory
- Host a Fondue Dinner Party
- Graze: learn how to make the perfect Charcuterie Board or vegetarian inspired snack board
- For more ideas, follow along on Pinterest!
Thanksgiving – think about mini ‘champagne’ bottles of Rosé 187ml as guest favors
A whole holiday dedicated to gratitude! We love the idea of sentiments on the pumpkins as name cards or a tree with notes of what family and friends are thankful for.
Our rosé, which includes Gamay is the perfect pairing!
Christmas & Hanukkah
Dress up the ice bucket for the season, thoughtfully wrap presents to add a WOW factor, & set the table with place settings that include an ornament or 187ml bottle of French sparkling wine on each plate.
Plan in advance and consider our Holiday Hostess mixed 12-pack. Think about the 12 days of Christmas of the 8 days of Hanukkah and cover your holiday entertaining and gifting needs.
New Years Eve
Pop, Fizz, Cheers to the NEW YEAR! Our 187ml “mini” bottles are perfect for individual champagne toasts for fun parties with friends or intimate nights in.
Favorite Holiday Season Recipe
Mini Champagne Poundcakes by Katie Jacobs
1 ¼ cups unsalted butter, softened
2 ½ cups granulated sugar
5 eggs, at room temperature
¼ teaspoon salt
3¼ cups all-purpose flour
1 cup Le Grand Courtage Blanc de Blancs Brut
Confectioner’s sugar for garnish
Heat oven to 325 degrees F. Grease a mini bundt pan (12 cavities fluted pan that produces mini cakes that are 2 1/2 inches wide—can be found on Amazon) with baking spray. In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat the butter until light and creamy about 2 minutes on medium speed. With the mixer running, slowly add in the granulated sugar.
Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 8 minutes on medium speed. Add eggs, one at a time, and mix in between until combined, scraping down the bowl as needed.
Reduce the mixer speed to low and add in the salt and the flour, one cup at a time, mixing until just combined. Using a rubber spatula, fold the Blanc de Blancs Brut into the mixture. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake until a cake tester inserted into the center comes out clean, about 25 minutes. (Be sure to keep an eye on it as it could bake faster depending on the size of your bundt pan). Let cakes cool in a pan for at least 10 minutes before transferring them to a cooling rack. Let cool completely. Sprinkle each with confectioner’s sugar. Makes 36.
Pairings: Foolproof Food & Wine Pairings For Sparkling & Rosé Wines
The best food pairings for sparkling wine will normally consist of richer foods. Rich foods and those which are greasy, fat, fried or spicy are perfect complements as both the acidity and effervescence help to balance heavier foods. Many in the industry call sparkling wine the ’scrubbing bubbles’ for the palate as it perfectly cleanses the tongue in between bites.
See our pairing chart for more guidance!
Elevated Food Pairings For Elegant Holiday Entertaining
- Rosemary & Pomegranate Baked Brie
- Smoked Salmon & Caviar Bites
- Frico Cups
- Pecorino & Everything Spice Straws
- Pancetta Crisps with Goat Cheese and Pear
- Blue Cheese Biscuits
- Prosciutto & Mustard Pinwheels
- Old Bay Shrimp Cocktail
- Roasted Butternut Squash Tostadas with Hummus, Caramelized Onions and Goat Cheese.
- Pear with Blue Cheese & Prosciutto
- Wild Mushroom Toasts
- Sweet and Salty Feta Cubes
- Parsnip Potato Latkes With Sautéed Apples
- Rustic Potato & Fennel Galette
- Caramelized Leek & Apple Tart
Vegan-Friendly Holiday Recipe
Root Vegetable Pancakes By Leslie Durso, Vegan Chef
1 1/2 lbs root vegetables, shredded (Russet potatoes, sweet potatoes, carrots)
1 medium yellow onion, chopped
1/4 cup flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp dry thyme
Oil for frying
Instructions: Squeeze all the liquid you can out of the shredded russet potato. In a large bowl, combine the vegetables, onion, flour, baking powder, and thyme. Mix well. Heat 1 Tbsp. in a large skillet over medium heat. Scoop about 1/2 cup mixture into a skillet and press into a 1/8-inch patty. Fry 3-4 minutes on each side until golden brown. Transfer pancakes to a paper towel-lined plate or if you need to keep them warm, place them on a wire rack and in a 200-degree oven until ready to eat.
Cocktails: Festive Sparkling & Rosé Cocktails
Mix it up! We’ve compiled dozens of our favorite sparkling and rosé cocktail recipes and organized them for you for easy, effortless cocktail creation for any occasion! Enjoy a variety of Le Grand Courtâge Sparkling and Très Chic Rosé cocktail recipes in our curated cocktail booklets:
For convenience, you can find our sparkling cocktails and tasting notes booklet organized by spirit type here.
We’ve put together a list of our favorites in our SIGNATURE COCKTAILS Booklet if you’re looking for drinks to really WOW! Plus our NEW Rosé Cocktail Recipe Booklet featuring our Southern France Très Chic Rosé.
Need something mellow & light? Here is a Low-ABV cocktail Booklet for just the occasion!
Simple Ways To Elevate The Party
DIY: Fancy Ice Cubes & Sugared Fruit or Herbs
We love this easy, inexpensive way to upgrade the party! Eye-catching and memorable decor for guests, floral ice, glitter ice, fruity, and herbed ice cubes add so much fun to the occasion.
Fun Ways to Serve
It’s all in the presentation. For a festive twist, serve your favorite sparkling cocktails in ornament bulbs! Desserts in wine or martini glasses also serve up a little oh-la-la!
Fun Cocktail Garnishes
Get into the seasonal spirit! We love pomegranate seeds, cinnamon, and rock candy swizzle sticks this time of year. Kick it up a notch by sugaring seasonal fruit or herbs for a simple way to add a little holiday magic.
A perfect way to highlight the flavors of the season, don’t forget to dress up the rims of your holiday cocktails! Cinnamon sugar and edible glitter are a couple of our favorites.
Featured Sparkling Holiday Cocktail Recipe
Cranberry Orange Rosemary Sparkler
1 ½ cups water
1 sprig of fresh rosemary (5 to 6 inches long)
2 cups cranberry juice
1 cup Triple Sec
1 750 milliliter bottle Le Grand Courtâge Blanc de Blancs Brut, chilled
A handful of fresh cranberries and more sprigs of rosemary, for garnish
Instructions: Boil water and add rosemary sprig to water to steep. Discard rosemary after 10 minutes In a 1-quart freezer container, combine cranberry juice, rosemary water, and Triple Sec. Cover and freeze for 8 hours or until ready to use. To serve, scoop frozen cranberry mixture into champagne flutes, filling about 1/2 full. Top with Brut and garnish with sprigs of fresh rosemary.
Playlists: Set The Scene With Curated Playlists For An Elevated Experience
We’ve curated a list of our favorite music stations and playlists that cultivate JOY for any occasion. Whether you’re looking to set the mood for date night, great sing-alongs for a road trip, or elevate your mood with some feel-good music, we’ve got you covered no matter which streaming service you use!
Click HERE for live links to our favorite playlists on Spotify, Pandora, & Amazon Music.
Wine Lover’s Gift Guide
Share some sparkle this year & spread JOY! Gift giving should be fun, easy, & thoughtful and you can’t go wrong with gifting award-winning, elegant, French wines. Each scoring 90+ points, our award-winning and affordable, made-in-France, female-founded wines Blanc de Blancs brut, Brut Rosé, and Très Chic Rosé make beautiful, elevated gifts everyone appreciates, especially if shopping for the wine lover in your life!
Ways to gift include Spread Joy Delivery, Gift Bags, Gift Baskets, & Gift Boxes, Pamper Me Gift Sets, Wine Club Subscription, Favors, Stocking Stuffers, & Present Toppers, and Wine Sleeves, For more ideas, follow along on Pinterest! Read on for more on our favorite wine gifts at our gift-giving ideas for the wine lover here.