Throwing out ideas on how to be the life of the holiday party
With Thanksgiving meals behind us, the holiday season is in full swing. It brings with it the holiday parties for work, friends, and family. When attending these parties, oftentimes people look to contribute in some potluck sort of way as well as contributing to the Yankee swaps and Secret Santa gift-giving.
In this case, the variety of high quality, locally made wines, beer, and gourmet coffee all can be unique gifts or contributions to these parties. These gifts are also conversation pieces, particularly if you’ve purchased these on-site, representing a chance to do your “homework”. These purchases also support local businesses and people pursuing their passions and dreams, which is worth supporting.
No article could do justice to all of the great options across New England, but we thought we could provide a starting set of products to consider, all of which are worth visiting:
Seven Birches Winery, Lincoln, New Hampshire. A visit to Seven Birches is fantastic (ADD LINK TO BLOG), given all of the ways to enjoy the winery, from tastings with top-notch staff to tours with the winemaker/owner, and from wine purchases to local crafts. Plus, the backdrop of the White Mountains as winter gets underway is tough to beat for a holiday feel.
However, if you can’t make it there, check them out online (website: https://sevenbirches.com/ ) and you can still find a surprising array of boutique, high quality wines ranging from about $20-$30.
Carolyn’s Sakonnet Vineyard on the rural coast of Rhode Island is also an amazing place to visit, with scenery hard to find and a casual but refined tasting room. The fireplace can warm you up if you need to, with the wine tasting likely to bring a glow to your cheeks. This time of year, the café is closed, so you can bring your own food.
Sakonnet (website: https://www.sakonnetwine.com/ ) also sells online, with estate-grown wines currently ranging from $11 to $43, not counting their port at $75. Over a dozen choices means that anyone should be able to find their preferred grapes. You can also call to find the locations in Rhode Island and Massachusetts that carries them.
Snowy Owl Coffee Roasters on quiet Cape Cod Bay hasn’t been around long. But it has quickly become known for its atmosphere, community spirit, and of course for its gourmet, small batch coffee.
Snowy Owl (http://www.socoffee.co/ ) brews up a half-dozen coffees, with various gift packages available as well. They also carry coffee accessories and unique branded clothing, all easily shipped to your home.
Start Line Brewery formed a couple years back but is already in the process of expanding. Located near the Boston Marathon’s starting point in Hopkinton, Massachusetts, and named accordingly. Start Line’s craft beer lineup is diverse without being overwhelming, providing a delicious lineup. This time of year, one of their coffee stouts might work best, but they have seven year-round offerings plus seasonal ones
Start Line is located in Water Fresh Farm, which can be one-stop shopping if you’re seeking both brews and food. If stopping in there, you might grab beer for your favorite aficionado, along with some swag they can wear with pride. But they’re beginning to be carried by an increasing number of area stores (http://www.startlinebrewing.com/find-us-1/ )
Again, there are so many more quality choices than we could possibly list here. So, maybe you decide to check these out or just use them as ideas while substituting in your loved one’s personal favorite. Regardless, enjoy your holiday party season and enjoy contributing a unique, winning present or party drink!
can be anything from recipes to interesting antiques to fun projects. These are all things that might spark your interest or your own ideas!