Post # 71 – Decorating the Christmas Tree with the 1976 Eitelsbacher Marienholz Riesling Beerenauslese

About twenty years ago, we began a tradition of making a family event out of decorating the Christmas tree about a week or two before Christmas. And on that evening, after dinner, I would uncork a suitable dessert wine, or port, while we all decorated the tree. It has been a lot of fun, and gives just our immediate family a chance to get closer again after a year of leading separate lives. So I usually make it a point to open something special that needs to be consumed. Twenty years ago the kids were all under 18, so my wife and I would share the bottle. Today however, between the four kids and their spouses, we are often ten people sharing the bottle, so I am finding more pleasure from the good company I am keeping than the contents of that special bottle of wine I just opened....

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