This morning on The Broadcast Courtney and I talked and tasted some perfect wines for pouring with your holiday meal. There are so many great wines ideal for pairing with the flavors of the season, and because it is such a special time of year, often spent with those you love the most, open up that special bottle and toast to health and happiness in the new year. Following the link here for Tips on The Perfect Bottle of Holiday Wine. Follow the jump below for tasting notes on each of the wines. Most are available locally at Pogo’s or through the winery website.
Cheers and happy toasting!
Far Niente Napa Valley Chardonnay – $55, This is a rich, warm and inviting wine; a classic Chardonnay from Napa Valley is the perfect way to start an evening, whether as an aperitif with appetizers or with a first course of Thai butternut squash soup or roasted winter vegetable salad, Far Niente is one of the best balancing bright acidity with creamy, toasted hazelnuts and honey notes.
Domaine Serene 2010 Evenstad Reserve Pinot Noir – $65, This wine is recipient of both a 95 point rating and number 3 wine in Wine Spectator’s best 100 in the world, their Evenstad Reserve continues to prove why Pinot Noir from Oregon is just so special. Dark cherry, red berry and earth, the ideal wine for pairing with pork tenderloin, roasted salmon or turkey.
AALTO Ribera del Duero Tinto Fino – $65, 100% Tinto Fino or what the Tempranillo variety is known in the region of Ribera Del Deuro, producing wines filled with robust red fruit, spice and smoke, this one also with a layer of toasted vanilla and robust earthiness. A delicious wine for your smoked turkey, roasted beef tenderloin or even sweet and spicy smoked ham.
ColSolare Columbia Valley Red Blend – $70, From Columbia Valley, this wine blends a good amount of Merlot, Cabernet Franc and a touch of Syrah with hearty, Washington state Cabernet Sauvignon, grow in the hot climate of Eastern Washington’s Red Mountain, this wine is great for lamb chops, roasted pork belly, and of course, beef.
Vina Cabos Bramare Valle de Uco Malbec – $90, Malbec is ideal with beef, and Paul Hobbs winery in Argentina makes some fo the best. Bramare, meaning “to yearn for” is filled with black cherry, blackberry and spice, ideal with grilled steaks, smoked brisket and wild game.
Sequoia Grove Cambium Cabernet Sauvignon – $140, This is a very special wine only made in select years from Sequoia Grove in Napa Valley. Cambium is the essence of the vine and what makes each and every vine special. Blending fruit from throughout Napa Valley the Cabernet Sauvignon based blend defines great Napa Valley wine with red cherry, spice, mocha, mineral and leather notes….bringing in the best characteristics from throughout the valley.