Wednesday, December 14, 2011
Christmas Day Wine Selections
You'll want a nice sipper that can stand on its own without food as you may be waiting a while for dinner with all of the presents to open.
Int - M. Chapoutier 2009 Les Vignes de Bila-Haut - $15
BC - Stoneboat Vineyards 2009 Pinot Noir - $25
Something lively and crisp is needed here to wake-up those taste-buds and get them ready for the forthcoming dinnerpolooza.
Int - Lucky Penny 2010 White - $18
BC - Averill Creek Vineyard 2009 Pinot Grigio - $18
You will want to continue the crisp theme with this pairing while adding a touch of complexity. Pick a versatile white to go with a wide-range of salads.
Int - Château Saint-Jean-Des-Graves 2008 Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc - $24
BC - Cassini Cellars 2010 Sauvignon Blanc - $19
...turkey (white meat)
If you were to pick one wine to go with all turkey meets, it would be the most recent vintage of Beaujolais. For fun I have broken it down into white and dark meat suggestions. For the white meat, go for an oaked, non-Chardonnay white wine. Something with character, but not too much.
Int - Palo Alto 2009 Reserva Sauvignon Blanc - $14
BC - Young and Wyse Collection 2010 Amber - $20
...turkey (dark meat)
I love Beaujolais and BC Gamay Noir with the dark turkey meat. A subtle and medium-bodied Pinot Noir is a good substitute.
Int - Meiomi 2008 Pinot Noir - $30
BC - JoieFarm 2009 PTG - $27
Personally, I prefer ham at Easter, but for the Christmas-Ham folks out there I suggest a slightly off-dry white with orchard fruit flavours to match the apple-sauce.
Int - Loosen Bros 2008 Riesling "Dr L" - $19
BC - JoieFarm 2010 Riesling - $23
For the roast-lovers I recommend making a splash and getting a great Bordeaux-style red or a nice Cabernet Sauvignon.
Int - Chateau de Fonbel 2006 Grand Cru - $30
BC - Cassini Cellars 2009 Maximus - $29
A simple and refreshing white would work for the gamut of veggie side-dishes that may accompany the tofurky.
Int - Big House Wines 2009 White - $13
BC - Tinhorn Creek Vineyards 2010 Oldfield Series 2Bench White - $23
You will want a wine that is sweeter than your dessert.
Int - Errazuriz 2007 Late Harvest Sauvignon Blanc - $14
BC - Tinhorn Creek Vineyards 2010 Oldfield Series Kerner Icewine - $30
Finish off the meal with something sparkling. It's fun, it's sophisticated and it doesn't have to be expensive.
Int - Yellowglen Non Vintage Pink - $13
BC - Blue Mountain Vineyard and Cellars N/V Brut - $24
- Liam Carrier ©copyright 2011 IconWines.ca