The Christmas Price Index, Friday kudos, wine for your holiday weekend

Need a holiday conversation starter? Look no further than the PNC Christmas Price Index, which every year prices out how much it would cost to purchase every gift in the song ‘The 12 Days of Christmas.’ How much will it set true loves everywhere back this year?

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The priciest item on the list this year? Seven swans a swimming come in at a whopping $13,150. This is slightly more than the second most expensive, ten lords a leaping, which ring in at $10,000. The cheapest item on the list is, perhaps surprisingly, the eight maids a milking. PNC estimates one hour of milking from eight maids to cost just $58 because most milkers make minimum wage.

It shouldn’t be a shocker that the price of Christmas has risen steadily in recent years, though some products do fall year to year depending on their market. Gold, for example, is down 9% this year, thus bring down the price of the golden rings. But overall, the Christmas market is still up.

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Of course, these numbers only reflect buying one set of each gift. If you were to repeat the gift giving as the song suggests, gifting a new gift each day plus the accumulated total of the days before it, you’d rack up a bill of $170, 609.46!

If all this frivolous math seems ridiculous and pointless, just remember the holidays are upon us and many will be going home to family this weekend. In between the questions about why you’ve made the life choices you have (in my case, when am I having children!) and the uncomfortable conversations about politics, you now have this little nugget filed away. Completely benign…completely safe in any family situation. You’ll sound smart, informed, and can deflect the questions just long enough to pour yourself another class of wine or cup of egg nog. You’re welcome!

Friday kudos

Sometimes you ask your husband to pick up 8 feet of rain gutter for a theater project on his way home from work. And sometimes he doesn’t tell you he’s already home from work, and goes out and gets it anyway. When that happens, he gets kudos.

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Wine for your weekend

Screen Shot 2018-12-18 at 9.02.17 AMRecently, we spent a Friday night making appetizers at home and sipping on two bottles of “interesting” wine. Rumor has it that the wine market today is driven more by the stories of certain labels and vintages than the contents of the bottles themselves, and such was the case when we selected these two particular wines. This week’s recommendation, Root: 1 – Cabernet Sauvignon  prints it’s story right on the front of the bottle, which is how it initially caught my attention. Perhaps that’s a bit like choosing a book by it’s cover, but in this case, it was how we found a winner.

A few winemaking fun facts. Original European root stock for different grape varietals were transported all over the world helping to establish vineyards in many “new world” wine regions. However, the vine disease Phylloxera destroyed many of these original plantings, forcing growers to graft their vines onto different, disease resistant roots. In Chile, however, the climate and geography prevented Phylloxera from spreading, and today they boast some of the only remaining original rootstock vineyards in the world.

Do the roots really make a difference? I mean, this Cabernet Sauvignon tastes like Cabernet Sauvignon, which I know from wines that likely weren’t produced from original rootstock vines, so a Cabernet is definitely a Cabernet. This wine is particularly full bodied and fruity. There were strong aromas of berry on the nose, with undertones of sweet cherry candy. The wine is well balanced with light tannins and acidity, juicy fruit flavors, and a lingering finish that fills your whole mouth. We paired the wine with appetizers Friday night, and then finished the bottle with turkey breast and butter nut squash. It was an excellent bottle for both options. A crowd pleaser for your holiday celebration with a good story to boot, if you’re a Cab lover, this is one you’re going to want to try.

Cheers and Merry Christmas!

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