City scene with holiday lights strung across the street.
Publisher's Plate Vol. 25 No. 12

The Month of Lights

A month of editorial to curl up to.


If you live in an area where it snows, you know the pure pleasure of the dampened sounds after a heavy snowfall. The bustling of shopping and organizing for the holidays take a back seat when the city, or town, is blanketed by a thick snow cover. Slowly, local animals fittingly start to re-emerge, announcing their presence by neat winding tracks in the fluffy snow. Children squeal in delight at their snowy homes, and they compete to see who can sculpt the finest snowman. A gust of cold air announces a guest in your home. And, the stomping of boots and the shaking of snow off a coat prepare your guest for the warmth of your home. Perhaps a crackling fireplace greets your guest. The month with the shortest days is an excellent time to catch up on a good book, snuggle up with someone, or enjoy a warming drink.

But what I enjoy the most about December are the decorative lights that pierce the early night. Strung between buildings, bathing the fresh snow in color, illuminating the interiors of our homes, the lights enliven the mood.

However you celebrate this month, the last month of the year, I hope that you enjoy it lovingly with friends and family and in the warm bosom of your hearth.

This month on Santé, Penny discovers how a dramatic nature preserve and premium wine vineyards can co-exist in harmony. Drew sits down with Amanda Beckwith, the new Lead Blender at Virginia Distillery Co. In this Straight Up! interview, they talk about her impressive career in craft distilling and the future of American single malt whisky. Drew also reviews Virginia Distillery Co. Courage & Conviction Sherry Cask American Single Malt Whisky.

Melanie explores Japanese-Italian fusion in New York City while Lori Budd explores how the shape of a wine glass affects flavor. Melanie’s gift guide is out! Explore great books for your culinary-minded friends. She also introduces us to Eggplant Parmesan with Honey Mascarpone, a delightful combination!

You should also check out our wine and spirit reviews for beverage recommendations. We only review great products, giving them either a “Recommended” or a “Gold Star” designation. Click here for all reviews.

Looking for gifts? Our curated list of products in Marketplace is a resource for great foodie gifts. Click here to see excellent products from tableware, food, and technology companies. These are products that we have tested or that we continually use so you can depend on them. Amazon, a trusted resource, fulfills your order. Santé receives a small commission for each sale.

Have a joyous December. See you in the New Year!

Cover photo: Photo by Daniil Silantev on Unsplash

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