Thanksgiving Wine Guide

Planning to pop a bottle of bubbly with your bird? Or perhaps you’ll opt to lift a glass of chardonnay or chenin blanc when toasting your friends and relations this Thanksgiving? If so, you won’t be alone. Experts say more wine is sold for Thanksgiving than for any other holiday.

But the question remains what to serve and how to serve it. This Better Homes & Gardens wine guide offers tips on finding the perfect white, red, bubbly, or dessert wine for your feast.

Looking for a more specific recommendation? Gayot serves up the 2012 edition of its trendy wine list for your holiday, complete with specific label and vintage choices.

Trend Alert: Wine Goes Au Naturel

We don’t generally think of wine as an additive-laden food, but according to The Food Channel‘s October 2012 Trend Wire (not yet available online), “the more sizable industrial wineries today manipulate their wines much more extensively than small players” by adding “stuff like Mega Purple or Ultra Red–grape concentrates used in red wines to darken color or improve the texture.”

If you’d prefer your wine a bit more on the natural side, try going with selections from smaller wineries, like Bonny Doon Vineyard in Santa Cruz, California, which is now printing ingredients on the label (above), so you can see exactly what you’re getting.

How to Serve Wine

Once you’ve got the wine, you have to serve it. And the last thing you want to deal with just as everyone sits down to dine is a recalcitrant bottle, a broken-off cork, or some other oenological disaster. Wine Spectator comes to the rescue with this handy guide called “How to Serve Wine 101.”

Speaking of serving, exactly how fussy do you have to be about matching the glass style to the type of wine? This handy guide from the Wall Street Journal tells you exactly How to Select a Good Wine Glass.

Of course, we recommend sipping wine from antique stemware. Despite the risks (namely, breakage), enjoying wine from an antique glass represents one more way to truly live with your antiques. The Magazine Antiques talks about old glass making techniques and collecting old glasses in their article Old Glass for Old Wine.

Don’t Forget Dessert (Wine)

And remember wine isn’t just for the meal. Turn your Thanksgiving into a memorable event by creating a dessert and dessert wine pairing (or two) for your guests. Many Americans don’t bother with dessert wines, but Avalon Wine makes it easy for you to enjoy a sweet ending to your meal by sharing several dessert recipes, like Chocolate Mousse Cake with Cinnamon Cream and Frozen Praline Souffles, along with the perfect wine pairing for each.

This Thanksgiving, lift a glass of wine with confidence to toast your cherished family and friends.

 

 Aimee owns EuroLuxHome.com with her best friend, Greg.  Aimee sources amazing antique furniture, vintage lighting, & high-quality reproduction furniture to help her customers decorate their homes in a unique way.  She loves her 8 (you read that right) fuzzy children and is renovating a 1920s bungalow in South Carolina.  Connect with or sign up to receive this blog in your inbox!

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Things We Love Right Now – November 2012

As summer slinks out the backdoor, autumn enters boldly through the front and redecorates nature’s home in hues of red and gold — with a blanket of white in some places! The crisp breezes of fall make us wistful for warm summer nights, but they also portend the festive season to come. And that season begins in a few short weeks with Thanksgiving.

November is the month of gratitude, of giving thanks, of celebrating all the people and things we love. Here are some of the things we love right now.

Kathy, our Mrs. Fixit, loves her collection of Pilgrim people. After years spent amassing 200-300 Pilgrim figures, Kathy creatively displays them in a huge group for maximum impact and enjoyment. Here’s a photo of just a part of Kathy’s collection of Pilgrim figures, displayed in our front shop window.

Even if you don’t have a storefront to show off your collection of Blue Delft (or anything else!), you can create eye-catching displays. Learn how to showcase your collectibles in creative ways by viewing this slideshow from House Beautiful.

John does our bookkeeping and loves to take fall drives through the North Carolina mountains to enjoy the amazing range of leaf colors. Somehow, Mother Nature always knows exactly how to mix-and-match colors to the best effect!

Mother Nature knows a pop of color can transform any space. Learn how to add deep ruby accents to warm up your room for fall.

Therese, who ably mans (womans?) our shop, looks forward to spending time with family during the Thanksgiving holiday. Good company and good food enjoyed in a warm, inviting setting — what could be better?

This festive holiday table uses floral bouquets as place cards. Check out some easy-to-make fall centerpieces that will make your Thanksgiving table memorable.

Throughout November, we’ll be exploring themes of gratitude: For families and feasts, for co-workers and clients, for antiques and decorating. Let us know how you switch up your home decor for the festive season.

Note: We’ve made all of these images pinnable for you. Feel free to add them to your Pinterest boards!

 Aimee owns EuroLuxHome.com with her best friend, Greg.  Aimee sources amazing antique furniture, vintage lighting, & high-quality reproduction furniture to help her customers decorate their homes in a unique way.  She loves her 8 (you read that right) fuzzy children and is renovating a 1920s bungalow in South Carolina.  Connect with or sign up to receive this blog in your inbox!

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Happy Oktoberfest in Newberry, SC!

Newberry, South Carolina, is a sleepy southern town and on most days reminds me of Mayberry on the Andy Griffith show.

NewberryWith a population of just 10,000 in the city limits, chances are that if you bring up someone’s name in conversation, a relative of theirs will be within earshot.  We’re known as the City of Friendly Folks for a reason – everyone smiles, waves to passing cars, and is happy to spend a few minutes chatting to find out what’s new with you.  EuroLuxAntiques

You’ll find EuroLux Antiques right on Main Street in an Art Deco building dating to 1910.  You can’t miss us – we have European flags flying over an original black and white tiled entrance.

OktoberfestDowntown

On every first Saturday of October, crowds descend and Newberry celebrates its German heritage with an Oktoberfest festival held on Main Street in our historic Downtown.  This year, Oktoberfest will be held on Saturday, October 1st from 10 am until late afternoon.

OktoberfestBakeSaleThe streets will be filled with arts and crafts vendors and local churches will offer delicious, home-baked goods.  New this year will be pottery demonstrations held in front of the big, yellow community hall throughout the day.

OktoberfestBooths

Stroll around the square in front of the Newberry Opera House to see a Classic Car Show.  There’s a good bit for the kids to do too: jump around in the inflatables, make a project at the Lowe’s kid’s tent, or attempt to scale a climbing wall hosted by the South Carolina National Guard.

OktoberfestFood

Of course, the best part of Oktoberfest, in my opinion, is the German food and the Biergarten!  You’ll find schnitzel-a-plenty, sauerkraut, bratwurst, German potato salad, and more!  Stop in at the culinary stage where three local chefs will give demonstrations and don’t miss Wendy Steiner of Gasthaus zur Ellie at 1:30 pm!  You may have heard of “that German restaurant in Prosperity” that was named one of the top German Restaurants in America!  I can personally attest that Wendy’s restaurant is AWESOME and you should definitely go eat there!

You’ll find a large selection of German beers in the Biergarten right next to the Opera House, which will help you wash down the liver nips.

OktoberfestBiergartenWhat is a liver nip, you ask?  I’m not exactly sure since I’m not originally from around here (Bless my heart, I’m from Florida), but the Newberry Chamber of Commerce hosts the Annual Oktoberfest Liver Nips Contest.  First prize is $250!OktoberfestLiverNips

 

And Oktoberfest wouldn’t be Oktoberfest without entertainment and oopma music!  Polish and German polka starts at 10 am, followed by different types of music throughout the day (classic rock and 80’s music), and ending with a German blues musician taking the stage at 4 pm.  Be sure to catch the free puppet shows put on by the Bremen Town Musicians (The Patchwork Players from Columbia, SC) at the Ritz Theater throughout the day.

So put on your lederhosen and dirndl and come on down to Newberry, home of the best Oktoberfest in South Carolina!

OktoberfestCostume(Okay, you don’t have to wear a German costume, but it will give you an excuse to drink more beer if you do!)OktoberfestLederhosen

Greg and I hope to see you in Downtown Newberry for Oktoberfest!  Grab a Hefeweizen and a plate of Schnitzel and be sure to stop in to EuroLux Antiques to say hello!

OktoberfestMealHappy Oktoberfest!  And thanks for stopping by the EuroLux Antiques blog!

Prost!

Aimee 🙂

 Aimee owns EuroLuxHome.com with her best friend, Greg.  Aimee sources amazing antique furniture, vintage lighting, & high-quality reproduction furniture to help her customers decorate their homes in a unique way.  She loves her 8 (you read that right) fuzzy children and is renovating a 1920s bungalow in South Carolina.  Connect with or sign up to receive this blog in your inbox!

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