Arguably the best holiday of the year? The key is low pressure, so you can focus on the good stuff—all your people, then of course eating, drinking, and playing. Bota Ambassadors Hither and Thither, Love and Lemons, and Foodness Gracious line out some expert tips for a relaxed feast.



Go Potluck. Hither and Thither suggests a potluck. If you’re hosting, take care of an appetizer and the main course. Appoint friends and family to bring the rest. We love this idea. Everyone shares the load and gets to bring one of their favorite dishes.

Plan Ahead. Sketching a plan of attack a few days in advance (everything from grocery store trips to setting out the dishes) before the big event is sometimes hard to do, but remember this means you have that much more chill time on the day of.

Easy Apps. Assembling a cheeseboard is a favorite in the party toolkit for Love and Lemons. This giant charcuterie board from Foodness Gracious sets the tone for a relaxed meal that doesn’t skimp on flavors and variety. And rustic Butternut Squash Crostini celebrates all things fall.



Wine on tap. A Bota 3-liter box holds the equivalent of four bottles of wine, making shopping for and serving wine at your party a breeze. Hither and Thither recommends setting out some of your favorite varietals (what we call the Bota Bar), then decant some for the table.

#1 Rating from Wine Enthusiast. For the wine connoisseurs in your group, Bota Nighthawk Black just earned the distinction of #1 Red Wine in Wine Enthusiast’s Top 100 Best Buys of 2016. You heard it from the experts. This is a game changer for Bota Box, proving that great wine can come in any shape.

The eco-friendly choice. Each Bota package is printed on 90% post-consumer fiber and is 100% recyclable, creating 85% less landfill waste than traditional glass bottles. Not to mention, these cardboard boxes can be upcycled into just about anything or flattened to slide neatly into the recycling bin. 



#Optoutside. We’re with REI. This Black Friday, we’ll be outside. We look forward to Friday morning, to gathering the crew for a nice, long walk or hike instead of braving the shopping frenzy.

Microadventures. Need inspiration for your day outside? Fall is a magical time of year—some would say the best time of year for what Alastair Humphrey calls microadventures. Exploring local destinations and hidden gems in your own backyard are some of the best ways to get out and hit the reset button this season.

Take Anywhere. And at the end of your journey, there’s Bota. Here’s to the next adventure!

A huge thank you to our ambassadors Hither and Thither, Love and Lemons, and Foodness Gracious for continuing to inspire us.