When I think about the kinds of things that might make a child’s eyes light up on Christmas morning, certain gifts come to mind: a bicycle or a puppy, perhaps. Ok, ok, an iPhone, too. How about a 93-inch teddy bear? Can you picture it? Little Suzie or Bobby runs down the stairs to see a nearly 8-foot tall ball of plushness sitting under – er – next to – the Christmas tree. A gasp of air, a huge smile, a twinkle in the eye and, finally, a squeal of happiness. I saw such a bear on a recent trip to Costco. “How would one even keep that thing a secret until Christmas,” I thought. No closet in my home could accommodate it. Furthermore, would it even fit in the car? Regardless, I’m sure many-a-children will wake up to Sasquatch this bear on December 25th.
Now, when I think about the kinds of things that might make my eyes light up on Christmas morning, closet and car space are not an issue. Topping the list: 2014 Holiday Reserve Zinfandel. It’s big, it’s bold, it’s red. It’s everything I love in a wine and it makes an impressive statement even without gift-wrapping. The annual Zinfandel Magnum is a festive, medium-bodied wine with notes of cranberries and warm oak and a pleasant finish of baking spices and roasted almonds, all presented in a 1.5 liter bottle. Why so large? Ponte realizes that this is a time of year when guests are plentiful. Loved ones join together for parties and meals and this Magnum is twice the size of a regular, 750 ml bottle of wine. For long-time Ponte Wine Club Members, the Zinfandel Magnum has become as much a part of the holiday season as Christmas trees and tinsel.
In my home, our tradition has become a feast of cured meats and cheeses for Christmas Eve night, and a prime rib on Christmas Day. This wine will pair deliciously with both meals and – lucky for us – there is plenty of it to last both nights! I will, of course, need to get my order in soon to ensure Christmas delivery. I can just see it now… the UPS man will arrive, I’ll take my package and open it up. I’ll see the Magnum – my eyes will twinkle, a huge smile, a gasp of air and finally, a squeal of happiness!
–Order your Holiday Reserve Zinfandel Magnum here
–Also available in 750 ml size bottles here