Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Christmas Day Wine Selections

"Which wine should I take to Christmas dinner?" "What pairs with turkey?" You may find yourself asking these questions whether you celebrate Christmas on the 24th or 25th or if you're hosting another similarly festive event or holiday dinner. Below are suggestions to help you answer these questions with both international and BC wine selections.

Paired with...

...present opening
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

...pre-dinner snacks
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

...roast beef
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 nibblies
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

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