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Christmas Dinner Wines

10 December, 2013 — Leave a comment


Most people have some sort of a set path when it comes to Christmas dinner, but when wine is considered we jump label from year to year. So what`s it gonna be this year?

Here`s a few tips to help you out in trying something new.

Red Wines for Ham: Beajolais Nouveau , Pinot Noir, Zinfandel, Tempranillo
White Wines for Ham: Riesling and Gewurztraminer

Red Wines for Turkey: Pinot Noir , Zinfandel , Syrah/Shiraz, Beajolais Nouveau
White Wines for Turkey: Sauvignon Blanc, Viognier, Riesling, Gewurztraminer

Reds to Pair with Duck: Zinfandel , Red Burgundy, Tempranillo
Whites to Try with Duck: Gewurztraminer, Sauternes

Red Wines to Pair with Prime Rib: Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel, Shiraz, Tempranillo

Red Wine for Salmon: New Zealand Pinot Noir
White Wines for Turbot or Salmon: Chablis Grand Cru or White Burgundy from the Côte d’Or

Red Wine for Nut Roast: Chilean Merlots

Red Wine for Porcini Risotto: very mature Red Burgundy

winewednesday240Wine and cheese goes together like hat and glove.
But which grape goes better to which cheese?
I give you a small selection here on Wine Wednesday.

Chardonnay : Brie, Camembert, goat cheese, Gouda, Gruyere, Parmesan, Provolone.

Gewürztraminer : Boursin, Camembert, Chevre, Muenster, Swiss, Wensleydale.

Shiraz/Syrah : Cheddar, Edam, Gouda, Parmesan.

Pinot Gris : aged Cheddar, Asiago, Edam, goat cheese, Gouda, Mozarella, Muenster, and even Ricotta for a unique combo.

Wine and Cheese Pairing

winewednesday240Wine Wednesday is back after a wonderful Summer holiday.
Last evening I tried a Swiss white wine from Zürich called “Zwei Flüsse wiis” from Stucki Wein.
It surprised me with a smooth and rich note. Usually I find Swiss white wine to be more dry.
With it’s copper glow color it rightfully indicated a full-bodied wine which I would recommend anyone to try.

Wine Wednesday

winewednesday240Whispering Angel is a rose wine with a blend of Grenache, Rolle, Cinsault, Syrah, and Mourvedre grapes. Strikingly pale pink in color, the aromas are fresh and fruity. Pair it with lightly grilled steaks, salmon, other fish dishes and salads, as well as cheese.

Wine Wednesday – Whispering Angel, 2011

winewednesday240 Champagne-based cocktails, like Mimosa, has been a top contributor to Mother’s Day celebrations for decades.

A basic Mimosa recipe calls for two dashes of your favorite champagne and two dashes orange juice.

Happy Mother`s Day!

Wine Wednesday