Holiday Feast Wine Pairings

Whether you are hosting or you want to be a superstar guest, knowing which wines will complement your holiday feast will enhance the meal for everyone involved.

TIP: Always remember to have some sparkling ciders and juices on hand for those who do not wish to participate.  Add some plastic flutes at the kid’s table and let them enjoy some Alpenglow

These recommendations are courtesy of our friends at THE SPRUCE EATS

The Whites

Riesling: A white wine that can either be bone dry or fairly sweet; excellent with any dishes that are spicy, salty or sweet. Whether from Alsace, Germany or Washington – Riesling wines are a top pick for a white wine for pairing with Thanksgiving dinner. Riesling’s innate flavors of apple, apricot and honey, and its clarifying acidity give it a significant pairing edge with the likes of sweet potatoes, turkey meat, and spice-laden or herb-filled stuffing.

Gewurztraminer: This white wine tends to have aromatic gusto and spicy palate appeal that give it a solid standing with turkey and gravy, bringing out the best in both. Gewurztraminer offers a delicious white wine option for Thanksgiving Day.

Sauvignon Blanc: This crisp white wine is known for its citrus-based flavors that can be surrounded by herb or mineral undertones, making it a prime pairing candidate for turkey and mashed potatoes.

Pinot Grigio: Capable of handling garlic and onions, herbs and rich, flavorful, high-fat dishes, this white wine is a natural for the demands of Thanksgiving Day.

 

The Reds

Pinot Noir: This red wine is a traditional favorite for Thanksgiving. Pinot Noir’s subtle earthy undertones and often mushroom-inspired flavors surround the fruit features of the wine and tend to show well with the traditional flavors of turkey and stuffing.

Zinfandel: A fuller bodied red wine that ups the intensity from a pinot noir but still maintain a balancing effect on many traditional Thanksgiving side dishes. This would be a great wine pick for those looking for a heartier red wine with the capacity to accommodate spice, bitter and sweet flavor profiles.

Syrah/Shiraz: The Syrah grape can bring a spicy edge or a meaty character to the table, often increasing the complexity while graciously handling the cornucopia of flavors in a traditional Thanksgiving meal. The prevalent peppery notes of Syrah partner well with the herb-infused stuffing and both the white and dark turkey meat.

Beaujolais Nouveau: A light, fruity red wine from the Gamay grape that goes quite well with turkey and all the fixings. This wine is released from France on the third Thursday of November, just in time to highlight your Thanksgiving feast.

 

MarketPlace REALTY offers a wide portfolio of real estate services in the Shenandoah Valley.   Call 540-450-2747 for a custom consultation, or visit us at mympr.com and discover all of our beautiful current listings.   We are located at 302 South Braddock St. Winchester VA, 22601.   Angela Duncan, Broker.   Licensed in VA and WV.  Equal Housing Opportunities.

 

Smells Wonderful! Simple Holiday POTPOURRI

One of the best parts about this time of year is spending a little extra time to make your home more welcoming for guests.   An easy way to do this is to shimmer a little seasonal magic right on your stove to make your home smell amazing!

 Holiday Potpourri Mix

  • 1/2 cup fresh cranberries
  • 1 orange sliced
  • 4 cinnamon sticks broken in half
  • 1 tablespoon cloves
  • 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 2-3 cups water

 

Feel free to add additional citrus and herbs that you love for your own unique blend. Simmer gently on the stove, add water as needed and enjoy!

MarketPlace REALTY offers a wide portfolio of real estate services in the Shenandoah Valley.   Call 540-450-2747 for a custom consultation, or visit us at mympr.com and discover all of our beautiful current listings.   We are located at 302 South Braddock St. Winchester VA, 22601.   Angela Duncan, Broker.   Licensed in VA and WV.  Equal Housing Opportunities.

How To Create A Cozy Reading Nook

Are you a bookworm?   Then it may be time to seek out a special space in your home to create for optional reading enjoyment.   This is an excellent way to stage a home for sale and make an empty nook more inviting for potential buyers.

Easy Tips

Chair- The chair should be comfortable with supporting arms.  Adding a stylish ottoman is not only functional but can be a fun way to incorporate additional color into space.

Side Table- You will need a narrow table to rest a mug of tea or coffee. Bonus if the table has storage or shelves for book displays.

Location- Find a spot that is quiet, but not too far away from regular foot traffic in the home.  Finding an area near a window is an added bonus!

Lighting- Essential for keeping reading going at any time of the day.  Look for lamps that are adjustable, and select lightbulbs specifically for reading.

Accessories- Adding a throw blanket or a little plant can make all the difference in your reading nook.

MarketPlace REALTY offers a wide portfolio of real estate services in the Shenandoah Valley.   Call 540-450-2747 for a custom consultation, or visit us at mympr.com and discover all of our beautiful current listings.   We are located at 302 South Braddock St. Winchester VA, 22601.   Angela Duncan, Broker.   Licensed in VA and WV.  Equal Housing Opportunities.

 

 

 

 

 

Peak Colors in the Valley

Sipping hot cider and jumping in your car to check out many of our beautiful local vistas might just be the best part of celebrating autumn in our area!

Here are a few links to help you determine your best route in the area to enjoy fall’s splendor this year!

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Virginia Department of Forestry 

Skyline Drive Hiking Information

Buzzard Rock Hike

MarketPlace REALTY offers a wide portfolio of real estate services in the Shenandoah Valley.   Call 540-450-2747 for a custom consultation, or visit us at mympr.com and discover all of our beautiful current listings.   We are located at 302 South Braddock St. Winchester VA, 22601.   Angela Duncan, Broker.   Licensed in VA and WV.  Equal Housing Opportunities.

How to store your fresh picked apples

One of the best and simple pleasures of living in the Shenandoah Valley is apple picking season!  We are lucky that we have so many choices for our apple picking adventures!

Check out the link below to find the best locations in the area.

https://www.virginia.org/fall/apples

 

Now that you have your peck of apples…What is the best way to preserve them?   Our friends at Gardners.com recommends the following tips.

1.) Carefully pick and avoid bruised apples.   The old saying is true that one bad apple will ruin others next to it.

2.) Temperature is key. Make sure that the apples are stored in a cool area.

3.) Wrapping the apple in kraft paper helps extend the life of the apple

4.) Do not need apples near other produce

Make sure to read the full article from the link above for more information!

Enjoy your crunchy apples!!

MarketPlace REALTY offers a wide portfolio of real estate services in the Shenandoah Valley.   Call 540-450-2747 for a custom consultation, or visit us at mympr.com and discover all of our beautiful current listings.   We are located at 302 South Braddock St. Winchester VA, 22601.   Angela Duncan, Broker.   Licensed in VA and WV.  Equal Housing Opportunities.

Carve Your Best Pumpkin EVER!

Sure you have carved pumpkins in the past, but did you know there are a few tips and tricks that can make the process much easier?

Here are some of our favorite tools to have on hand to make pumpkin prep a snap.

Tools and Supplies

  • Pumpkin Carving Kit and Tools
  • Old Newspaper
  • 5 Gallon Bucket ( To Soak your pumpkin in a solution of water and a few tablespoons of bleach to make it last longer)
  • Trashbags or plastic drop cloths
  • Permanent Markers
  • Windex ( To remove permanent marker marks)
  • Petroleum jelly (Use on the carved edges to seal in moisture)
  • Scotch Tape
  • Battery Operated Candles ( For Safety!)
  • NOW…

Check out this article from our friends at “Taste of Home” for all kinds of ideas to take your pumpkin carving to the next level!

https://www.tasteofhome.com/article/how-to-carve-a-pumpkin/

 

MarketPlace REALTY offers a wide portfolio of real estate services in the Shenandoah Valley.   Call 540-450-2747 for a custom consultation, or visit us at mympr.com and discover all of our beautiful current listings.   We are located at 302 South Braddock St. Winchester VA, 22601.   Angela Duncan, Broker.   Licensed in VA and WV.  Equal Housing Opportunities.

Weekend Festivals!

Looking for something fun to get into this weekend?  Never fear!  The Shenandoah Valley does not disappoint when it comes to fall festival entertainment!   As a bonus, the weather looks promising for a wonderful day in the sun.

Check out these great local events and enjoy!!

 

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https://www.virginia.org/listings/Events/WatermelonParkFestMusicFestival/

 

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Apple Gala & Cider Festival

https://www.virginia.org/listings/Events/GreatCountryFarmsAnnualCiderFestival/

 

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Fun abounds in downtown Front Royal, Virginia on Saturday, September 22, 2018!   Bring your family and enjoy a day of fun, delicious food, great live entertainment, and of course, beer tasting. The festival gates open at noon with activities and live entertainment all day until 6 p.m.

 

MarketPlace REALTY offers a wide portfolio of real estate services in the Shenandoah Valley.   Call 540-450-2747 for a custom consultation, or visit us at mympr.com and discover all of our beautiful current listings.   We are located at 302 South Braddock St. Winchester VA, 22601.   Angela Duncan, Broker.   Licensed in VA and WV.  Equal Housing Opportunities.