Los Angeles – This past weekend, model and actress Molly Sims celebrated her favorite holiday of the year, Friendsgiving, by hosting a celebratory dinner with family and friends. After greeting guests with a glass of her famous mulled wine, made with Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi Pinot Noir, she served a few of her favorite holiday dishes. Cheers!
~ Molly’s Friendsgiving Tips ~
1. Create a dish inspired by each guest or couple. For
example, my good friend Kishani is a vegetarian, and when
she comes for Friendsgiving I always make sure there are
“veggie” options she can enjoy! Our favorite dishes are my
sweet potato coconut pecan casserole or my honey-roasted
carrot and quinoa salad.
2. Stick with two to three food-friendly wines to place on
the table rather than focusing on specific wine pairings. I
love to serve Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi Chardonnay or
Pinot Noir. Both wines are table essentials that complement
everything from turkey to savory sides. If you have a large
group, pick up Woodbridge 1.5 liter bottles. They’re fun, easy, and generous.
3. I like to host a casual, family-style Friendsgiving right and generous!
after Thanksgiving Day and serve leftover sliced
turkey with a spicy cranberry salad that is my spin
on the traditional staple.
4. There is no better holiday scent than a warm, spicy batch
of mulled wine filling up the room! I use an approachable
red wine like Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi Cabernet
Sauvignon that is “multi-purpose” and can also be poured
5. No southern girl can enjoy the holidays without a gooey
potato dish. One of my favorite things to do is create a mini
mashed potato bar. Pick crowd-pleasing toppings like fresh
chives, shredded cheese, crumbled bacon, fried onions, sour
cream, and steamed broccoli.
6. Forget pumpkin pie this year! I recently tried a
fantastic recipe for pumpkin spice brownies that
highlight two of my favorite holiday flavors—
chocolate and pumpkin. I’ll be baking batches to gift my
7. Now that my adorable son Brooks is part of the celebration, I
love to get the kids involved in the day’s festivities. Create
a scavenger hunt and have the little ones retrieve holidaythemed
items to fill a cornucopia. Have older kids set the
table or package up desserts to go.
• Molly’s Mulled Wine •
• 1 cardamom pod
• 1 nutmeg pod
• 3 allspice corns, whole
• 3 cloves, whole
• 1 vanilla bean, cut down the center
• 1 bay leaf
• 1 cinnamon stick
• 1 star anise, whole
• 1/4 cup blue agave syrup
• 1 bottle Woodbridge Pinot Noir
• Sachet or strainer
• Orange peel for garnish
Place the spices in a sachet. Pour the bottle of wine into a large saucepan and add the sachet and
agave syrup. Bring to a low boil, then reduce to a quiet simmer. Let the mixture simmer for 5
Serve in glass mugs or teacups, and garnish with a twist of orange peel and a cinnamon stick.
Woodbridge Pinot Noir
Aromas of strawberries and cherries with
well-rounded fruit, a touch of spice, and
toasty oak on the palate.
SRP: $7.99 / Alc: 13.5%