Founded in 1978, Pine Ridge Vineyards is a young winery by Napa standards, but the quality is undeniable. Most noted for their Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Bordeaux blends, the craftsmanship and love is noticeable in every sip. They take great care during their harvest season, handpicking at night so the grapes as well as the workers don’t suffer in the heat of the day. The grape clusters are collected in small bins that hold only 25 pounds to reduce bruising and crushing, and sorting is done by hand to remove any trace of stem pieces. This attention to the smallest detail ensures all you get is the juice.
The oldest commercial district in North America, the Rue Petit-Champlain in Old Quebec is a holiday extravaganza during the month of December. At the base of Cap Diamant where the Chateau Frontenac sits grandly overseeing the river and city, the street is bordered by Breakneck Stairs on one end and a large mural depicting the history of the district including the bombardments of 1759, landslides, and fires at the other. Reminiscent of Old Europe, clusters of souvenir shops and small restaurants like La Lapin Saute provide shelter from the cold and Santa is a celebrity.