Rachel Speckan, our amazing beverage director & wine educator, compiled a list of five wine suggestions sure to be a hit at your dinner table this holiday season! Read on…
Wine is key to assuredly winning your holiday dinner. The ingredients are varied, the guests are a compilation of personalities, and the wild cards are ample. Balance this precarious situation with a striking assortment of wine!
The menu is forgiving and wine friendly, so choose wines to highlight the food and the company, rather than commanding attention on the table. I recommend throwing a mashed up array of wines on the table and encouraging guests to sip and share tastes of many different bottles without having to commit to just one wine.
Utilize a trusty wine shop to make of the moment recommendations, or stick to your favorites, play it safe or be adventurous. Festive bottles need not be expensive bottles!
For the best pairing, utilize wines without a large dose of oak or overly aggressive tannin, instead opting for wines with a touch of residual sweetness or high acidity to increase your versatility factor. Sparkling wine is nearly always an amazing option for the holiday table! Not only are the bubbles spirited, but the high acid and prickly mouthfeel are a lovely pairing with nearly any dish. An off-dry Riesling is also an excellent choice, as the slight sweetness juxtaposed next to the high acidity create a mouthwatering balanced that yearns for food. Gamay is a ringer, with similar characteristics to Pinot Noir, but not so serious a hit to the wallet, and an aptitude for pairing. For those that prefer more hefty wine options, snagging a lighter bodied (lower alcohol) Zinfandel can be a wonderful, very American food and wine pairing experience. And, to wrap up the meal and the wine pairing, pop open a dessert wine with bright fruit, honeycomb and an unctuous texture, or fortified wine with notes of dried fruit, nuttiness, and chocolate. For certain, you will be the researched, poised, and elegant host(ess). Cheers!
1. NV Moncuit Champagne Blanc de Blanc, Champagne, France – Chardonnay
2. 2012 Zind Humbrecht Rangen de Thann Clos St. Urbain Grand Cru, Alsace, France – Riesling
3. 2010 Jean Foillard Cote du Py, Morgon, Beaujolais, France – Gamay
4. 2012 Bedrock Heritage, Evangelho Vineyard, Sonoma, California – Zinfandel
5. 2013 Vignalta Fior d’Arancio, Veneto, Italy – Orange Muscat