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Holiday Wines

Posted January 10, 2011 in Wine, Wine Everywhere


The holidays are almost here and it is time to pick out your wines for the festivities. But what do you do? Everyone has their own preferences in wine, so picking a wine that is everyone’s favorite is almost impossible. The best way to choose wine is to start with the food and work backwards. At the very least, you will have a perfect match that pleases everyone.


Beaujolais is always a great holiday wine. Relatively inexpensive when compared to other French wines, and often more approachable. Cru Beaujolais with a year or two of age is a great idea for the holidays. Morgon is a cru I always recommend. It usually has a little more structure tha others so it can hold it’s own with a variety of foods.


Bubbles are a perenial favorite at the holidays. Turn to off-the-beaten path regions for more bang for your buck. There is nothing like the bruised apple nose of true Champagne, but it does come with a price tag. Great alternatives can be found in Alsace and, even better, in the Loire. A Loire sparkling from Chenin Blanc may be the perfect match to turkey. Dry or slightly off dry are often the best pairings from the toast all the way to dessert.


When asked “What do you like?”; most people respond with the typical, “A big Cab or a big Pinot.” The reason for this answer is that is what they have always been given to drink. Pinot shouldn’t be a big, bruising wine. If it is, you shouldn’t open a second bottle. Keep it for a few more years until the subtleness starts to show. Big Cabernet Sauvignon are the most common buisinessman’s dinner wine. It is natural to continue to drink it because it is what you know best. The only problem is Cabernet is often way too big for some foods. The the holidays, reign in the big wines and go for something memorable with the food. Try looking at the sauce with your entree when matching the wine. And don’t fall in the “I only drink red” category. White wines are delicious and are often a better paring . Try a dry Riesling from Australia or The Clendenen Family Riesling from California. You won’t regret it and you’ll save a few $$ along the way.


Happy Holidays!


Wines For Gift Giving At The Holidays

Thank you for the wonderful informative article. True with the holidays upon us it is that time of year to be thinking what kinds of wine for our parties and what kinds of wines to give out as gifts. Really the choices are endless however if you can somehow get your friends to attend a wine tasting or even have a wine tasting party at your home or office then you would be able to get some insight into the types of wines that your friends like. That way gift giving at the holidays your friends will be sure to love the wine gift baskets that you give. Even if you miss on the wine mark still they can use the wine to offer to their friends and it will still go to good use. Either way wine is a great gift to give at the holidays and it really says I care about you..I generally go to Mi's Wine And Cheese Shoppe as they have so many great wines and help me to put together wine and cheese parties. http://m.miswineandcheeseshoppe.com

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