Gingerbread Chateaus & Pairings

The insides of our offices and houses are decorated to holiday perfection so now we turn our attention to the bare gingerbread houses that are waiting to be dressed. From North Point, Florida to Napa Valley, California, cities all over the United States are hosting this time-honored and family-friendly favorite: gingerbread house building contests. While the gingerbread houses we tend to make resemble backpacker’s makeshift shacks, there are truly stunning gingerbread houses that, quite frankly, put our IRL houses to shame. White pretzel fences, chocolate wagon wheels, and candy cane columns - these are a few of our favorite {gingerbread house} things.

We’ve sourced some of our favorite houses and paired them with some of our favorite adult drinks to keep the season truly bright. May these pairings inspire you to create your best gingerbread house yet!

London is picturesque, but this London city scape is beautiful enough to eat! For this gingerbread city, we’ve chosen the Wiston Estate 2010 Blanc de Blancs (West Sussex, England). Described as “a party that not everyone can handle,” the flavorful wine will surprise you with hints of buttered popcorn, spice, smoke, green apple, and the faintest bit of caramel. It’s lively, enthusiastic and youthful which bring us back to the bustling city streets of London.

Nothing screams American Christmas like red, white and blue gingerbread houses. To celebrate these patriotic houses, we’ve paired the Wente 2013 "Charles Wetmore" Cabernet Sauvignon. At first glance, the deep ruby color will compliment the vanilla icing and blue M&M’s. Hints of bacon, dried black fruit, and smoke will make you raise your glass to the tastes of America. This hefty and aggressive Cab is both warming and festive.

If you’re wondering where the Tooth Fairy lives, it’s likely this magical pink gingerbread house. We’ve chosen the Famille Perrin 2016 Reserve Côtes du Rhône Rosé for this pink pixie home. This rosé is a blend of four grapes: Cinsault, Grenache, Mourvèdre, Syrah. Pop open a bottle of this gentle pink drink and enjoy a dry and simple taste of elegant fruit to match the dainty gingerbread house.

As an ode to this beautiful (and delicious) Southeast Asian structure, we’ve chosen The Rare Barrel 2016 "Sourtooth Tiger" Sour Beer Aged in Oak Barrels with Ginger (California). The sour beer has as many layers as the multi-floored pagoda. With the flavors from the ginger, we promise you’ll be craving Asian food with your gingerbread house building - unusual, but maybe a new family tradition?

Wooden (pretzel) log cabins have us dreaming of chestnuts roasting by an open fire. That’s why we’ve chosen the Pietra Santa 2012 Sangiovese (Cienega Valley, San Benito, California). The beautifully colored red wine will remind you of Santa’s red coat and the hints of toasted wood will take you back to that open fireplace (BYOC - bring your own chestnuts.) This unapologetic wine is anything but elegant, but it owns the gritty tannins and leather quality with a sweet maple-flavored bow to tie it all together.  

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