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Ben Riggs
28 November 2014 | Lifestyle | Ben Riggs

Christmas is fast approaching...

Ahhh, the joys and stresses of Christmas. As a dad, you have to think about what to get your boys for Christmas, reminding myself what age they are (time sure has flown by); as a husband, you have to make sure your wife isn’t under too much pressure with organising what to do with the rest of the family on the day; as a passionate cook, you have to make sure your ingredients are all ready for your Christmas spread; and as a winemaker, you have to prepare yourself for the chaos of the most busy time of the year!

I love that my youngest, who is only nine years old, is still excited about Christmas. That’s what keeps it the most alive for me. Although, I do get the inkling that he knows that Santa isn’t real, but just wants to pretend he believes in it so as to keep it alive for himself. As a kid, I think that’s fair game!

I have one simple rule at Christmas: if you want to see me, come to my house. I will cook for anybody and everybody, I love cooking and being a host, but am just fed up with driving everywhere. With my sister’s health issues and of course the inevitable limitations that come with getting old (I’m talking about my parents of course!), it’s just easier if everyone comes to us for my Christmas feast.

I’m excited about the We’ve Got Christmas Covered six-pack I’ve released, they’re some of my most favourite wines for Christmas because they just go perfectly with some of my favourite Christmas foods. The Battle Axe is a wonderful Christmas wine – good to drink before, during, and after.

With Christmas comes the warmer weather – I just love waking up to a warm morning, and walks down the beach. I do miss being able to do this with my old dog Ernie, as Dora (one of my current dogs), is petrified of the water. Then again, she’s scared of everything!

I am looking forward to Christmas, being only a month away now, but am also slightly pressured by the thought of everything I know to come hand in hand with it. I’m sure you’re in the same boat too! Alas, I hope your Christmas preparations are starting to come together well.


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