Christmas Day is just about over with here in Japan, but it's just beginning in the US. In case you're wondering how it's going to turn out, I can tell you it will be a good one, so get ready to enjoy it.
Christmas in Japan, like most things in this country, is done a little differently. As a holiday, it's much closer to Valentine's Day than any other holiday -- it's all about couples. In particular unmarried dating couples, who spend the holiday snuggling, going out for fancy meals, and giving each other (often expensive) gifts.
Which ain't a bad way to spend Christmas no matter who you are.
I've always thought that holidays are the best time to give yourself a gift, though that may be just a convenient rationalization for retail therapy on my part.
But one of the best gifts you can give yourself this holiday is to actually enjoy that nice bottle of wine that you've been saving for a good occasion. You know, the one that's just a little too expensive to justify opening on most occasions? Or the one that you've been aging for a few years in anticipation of it getting just a little bit better?
No matter what your religious affiliation, the winter holidays are at least an occasion to celebrate all the ways that we are so lucky in life. And one of those is certainly the love of wine and the ability to afford it.
So pop open that special bottle, or convince your partner to do it, and enjoy yourselves a bit. It's Christmas, after all, and we all enjoy a little present, even if we have to give it to ourselves. Just remember, gifts of wine are even more special when they are shared.
I'm drinking (sake) to your health. Merry Christmas.
A wine book like no other. Photographs, essays, and wine recommendations. 2015 Roederer Award Winner.Learn more.
I'll Drink to That: Nicoletta Bocca of San Fereolo Book Review: Shadows in the Vineyard by Maximillian Potter Wine News: What I'm Reading the Week of 5/8/16 I'll Drink to That: Tom Peters of Monk's Cafe Vinography Unboxed: Week of May 1, 2016 I'll Drink to That: Daniel Brunier of Vieux Télégraphe Vinography Images: Green Gold I'll Drink to That: Angelo Gaja of Gaja Winery Hungarian Wine: Hope, Dreams, Heritage and Progress Wine News: What I'm Reading the Week of 5/1/16
Wine Will Never Smell the Same Again: Luca Turin and the Science of Scent Forlorn Hope: The Remarkable Wines of Matthew Rorick Debating Robert Parker At His Invitation Passopisciaro Winery, Etna, Sicily: Current Releases Should We Care What Winemakers Say? The Sweet Taste of Freedom: Austria's Ruster Ausbruch Wines 2009 Burgundy Vintage According to Domaine de la Romanée-Conti Charles Banks: The New Man Behind Mayacamas Wine from the Caldera: The Incredible Viticulture of Santorini Why Community Tasting Notes Sites Will Fail Chateau Rayas and the 2012 Vintage of Chateauneuf-du-Pape A Life Indomitable: The Wines of Casal Santa Maria, Portugal Bay Area Bordeaux: Tasting Santa Cruz Mountain Cabernets Forgotten Jewels: Reviving Chile's Old Vine Carignane The First-Timer's Guide to Les Trois Glorieuses of Hospices de Beaune