The proliferation of specialty food merchants has altered the home cook’s preparation of the traditional holiday meal. Instead of the familiar Butterball bird served alongside green bean casserole made from cream of mushroom soup and onions from a can, today’s holiday spread is more likely to feature a heritage breed turkey paired with roasted sweet potatoes plucked from an urban farm located just around the corner. But considering the great concern over the provenance of what’s served on your plate, why has equal attention not been paid to the libations that fill your glass?
Conventional wisdom would tell us that the perceived snobbery of wine aficionados acts as a deterrent to those interested in broadening their horizons beyond Australian Shiraz. So first things first—let’s make wine simple. Say goodbye to tasting notes of spring cherry blossom, dusty tannins, or rough-patched tar roof. Instead, embrace wine as a democratic and accessible means to conclude the day. This seems to be the ethos of Keife & Co., the CBD wine shop that has wineauxs, cocktail geeks and casual imbibers flocking to the library-esque emporium of booze.
When night falls, the crystal chandeliers at Keife offer a dazzling light display worthy of the late Al Copeland. Inside, tall dark shelves are lined with wine bottles far more interesting than the typical supermarket swill, yet many are still priced to make wine a guilt-free indulgence after a stressful (or not) Tuesday. Pay particular attention to the shop’s selection of white Burgundies, which are the perfect foil for much of the seafood dishes you are no doubt eating, or should be.
Or, if the weight of the world on your shoulders necessitates a stronger pour, craft a cocktail from Keife’s deep selection of superior spirits. The list of small batch bourbons and rare rums would make a tattooed mixologist squee with delight, and the collection of digestifs is just the antidote for settling the stomach after a holiday feast.
Keife & Co. also offers a smart collection of snacks, making it the perfect place to stop on the way to grandmother’s house. A plate of thinly sliced prosciutto and an ash-streaked wedge of Humboldt Fog are nibbles worthy of accompanying whatever quenches your thirst during cocktail hour. Grab a glass and toast to the New Year.Keife & Co., 801 Howard Ave., (504) 523-7272, www.keifeandco.com. Tuesday-Saturday 10 a.m.–8 p.m.