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Throughout the season, celebrate the holidays with California wine. Enjoy special deals and offers from California wineries, along with winery events and activities around The Golden State, including tastings and demonstrations, tours, festivals, virtual tastings and more. Celebrating at home? We have entertaining ideas, wine pairings and recipe suggestions for every holiday occasion, inspired by California wine country. They are guaranteed to give you, your family and your friends a very memorable and tasty 2022 holiday season!

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Festive Holiday Recipes: Celebrate the Season with Our Countdown Calendar

The holiday season is all about giving, and this collection of holiday recipes and wine pairings is our gift to you. Our Holiday Countdown Calendar features a festive appetizer, dessert, or wine cocktail recipe each day throughout the month of December.

Looking for a signature cocktail to carry you through the season? Try the California 75. Need a dreamy dessert to impress the relatives at your holiday table? Whip up a Perfect Pavlova (it’s much easier than you’d think). Enjoy these holiday recipes and California wine pairings for every celebration.

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Sustainable Holidays

It’s hard to believe, but the holidays are coming in hot! First up is Thanksgiving, where traditionally we gather with friends and family near and far to enjoy an epic (and hopefully delicious) feast. But just because this season celebrates abundance, it doesn’t mean it has to be wasteful.

We’ve rounded up some of our top tips to help make the holidays more sustainable.

 

5 Ways to Celebrate the Holidays Sustainably

More Festive Recipes to Put a Little Jingle in your Mingle

No matter which time zone or country you’re in, you can celebrate the holidays with delicious bites and California wine.

California 75

California 75 - A New Classic Lemon Cocktail

This sensational lemon cocktail is as bright and effervescent as the ocean views you’ll see driving down California SR75 to sunny San Diego. If you are a fan of a classic French 75 you will love our So Cal-inspired spin. This lemon cocktail calls for dry vermouth from California in place of the gin that is called for in the classic version.
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pepper jack pastry bites

Pepper Jack Puff Pastry Bites

Looking for a quick crowd pleaser for holiday gatherings? These Pepper Jack Puff Pastry Bites are quick, easy and delicious, giving you plenty of time to spend with guests instead of working in the kitchen. These bites take just minutes to prep and bake. They are crispy, buttery, a little spicy and pair perfectly with a peppery California Zinfandel.
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coconut mango cake

Coconut Mango Cake

Coconut cake is a southern classic and the perfect dessert for Kwanzaa. But we’re taking it up a notch with this recipe by combining the flavors of coconut and mango. This coconut cake (a family favorite), is made with coconut oil and coconut milk, filled with mango curd and then frosted with a coconut mango buttercream. If your family celebrates the holidays with coconut cake, you’ll definitely impress them with this amazing Coconut Mango Cake. If they don’t consider coconut cake a must-have, this recipe may start a new tradition! Pair it with California Moscato or California Riesling for a fabulous celebration.
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fig and olive relish

Girl and the Fig Olive Relish

If there is one thing besides wineries that California’s Wine Country is known for, it’s fantastic restaurants. The Girl & the Fig in Sonoma is among the best and has been a top foodie destination for the last 25 years. When Sondra Bernstein opened the doors in 1997, she wanted to showcase the abundance of the region along with her passion for French cuisine. It’s no surprise that Sondra along with head Chef John Tolouze are crazy about figs, which are featured prominently throughout their seasonal menus. When fresh figs are available, people come in droves for their Grilled Fig Salad and their Warm Fig + Thyme Crisp with Fig Syrup. In our version, we've updated the recipe to include fresh rosemary and orange zest. This relish is fragrant and reminiscent of the holidays. We suggest serving it on a cheeseboard, spooned over a log of goat cheese or a wheel of brie or as a topping for grilled pork chops. Pair with a light red such as California Pinot Noir or California Grenache.
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red wine chocolate sauce

Red Wine Chocolate Sauce

Who doesn't love chocolate sauce. Add a little red wine and it's a win-win. This recipe makes enough for you to have a jar for indulging yourself and still have some to package up as delicious holiday gifts for your friends and family. Pair with California Cabernet Sauvignon or California Merlot.
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pear tart

Caramelized Pear and Pastry Cream Tart

Crisp and refreshing pears with a sweet vanilla cream and a light buttery crust make this the perfect conclusion to any meal. Pair with California Muscat/Moscato or late-harvest Riesling.
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