Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving from Passports & Cocktails

For one day every year, Americans, if they are lucky enough, hold hands around the table and give thanks for the many blessings in their lives. We say if they are lucky because there are many people that are still less fortunate than the advertised American family eating a huge bird and napping with football on in the background. That’s not to say that those of us fortunate enough to celebrate with a bird and football should end that tradition, but as we give thanks for what we have we should always remember that we are lucky and we should pass that luck and fortune on during the holidays and throughout the year. Hopefully the more thanks we deliver can help our communities grow stronger and less people will have to make a decision between a Thanksgiving feast or food to feed their family for an entire month.

With thanks and luck on our side, we as travelers will never forget how fortunate we are to get out and see the world. Our team will never forget that there is a large amount of the population that doesn't have the means to see the world as we have. We hope Passports & Cocktails paints a picture of places here, there, and everywhere people can get out and see or put on a wish list to work towards. If it were possible we would love for the entire world to be able to travel to the unique destinations we have been so lucky to see. We give thanks for our unique opportunities and hope that someday travel for all can become a reality so we can all find out what people from other places are made of and get a better understanding of how they live.

All of us who are fortunate enough to have immediate family give thanks to them as well. Husbands, wives, mothers, fathers, children, etc.  Without them we wouldn't have the support system to really live a full life. But in the context of this blog, we are thankful for the new family we have gained over the course of the past year. We at this site have published 52 posts before this rambling mess of thankfulness. That’s one for every week of the year (yes we officially kicked off in January but it’s still a good round number). Our planning started a year ago to launch this site. We live in two very different parts of the US, have full time jobs, other websites, and families on top of this site. Before we launched we had never met in person, but we are thankful we did. Though both of us are supremely busy, we have the same aims and passion for what we are doing.  On the outside this is a website about travel and alcohol (doesn't get much better than that), but from within this site is a family.  We are thankful for the new family we have gained from the creation of this website.

On this Thanksgiving we also want to say a big thank you to all of you who have read our articles during the past year. For everyone who has shared our stories, shared your stories with us, invited us to your events, or just gave us a thumbs up, thank you! We are so thankful for you and hope that over the next year we can get out to meet even more of you and have a beer, wine, or white whiskey (nope, not a white whiskey, maybe an old fashioned). It has been an amazing year and our wonderful readers, Twitter followers, and Facebook fans have made it even more positive than we could have imagined at launch night in a frozen Madison, Wisconsin bar. 

This wouldn't be a Passports & Cocktails post without a little bit of alcohol in the midst of all these thanks, so in the spirit of Thanksgiving we found this great infographic by VinePair with a wine, beer, and booze pairing to fit every single one of your Thanksgiving dishes.  Looking through this list provides us with some great ideas that allow us to not only enjoy the Thanksgiving feast with our family and friends, but also a memory of all our travels and tastings.

Thanksgiving Drink Pairing Infographic

At Paso Robles' Castoro Cellars we discovered Tango, a white wine which would pair perfectly with the green bean casserole and apple pie.  At AlXimia in Baja we discovered Senda, a Zinfandel blend which would be perfect with the cornbread.  In our inaugural meeting in Wisconsin we tasted Capital Brewery's Mutiny IPA which would be a great not too hoppy match for the mashed potatoes.  At the Beer Bloggers Conference in San Diego we discovered some brand new beers like the Rogue Farms Marionberry Braggot from Oregon that would pair well with the cranberry sauce, or the Ballast Point Indra Kunindra Curry Export Stout from San Diego which would compliment the spices of the pumpkin pie.  And finally, we may just need to test how Kōloa Rum Company's Dark Rum pairs with the sweet potatoes with marshmallows before pouring some into the eggnog.

So again we thank you and wish you a very happy Thanksgiving.  Cheers!
Steve & Katherine

Katherine Belarmino has been traveling for over ten years on a quest to see as much of the world as possible, experience new cultures, and sample other cuisines and libations. She also writes the travel blog Travel the World, which journals her world travels with her husband Romeo and seeks to encourage others to take the time to travel.