The holidays can be times of great joy but also tremendous fear, particularly when they involve choosing proper wines for a festive table. What goes with turkey? Can I really serve something sweet before dessert? So many questions…
I’m here to help. What follows is a potpourri of recommendations that are dedicated to some of the best holiday wines I’ve recently had the pleasure to taste. We all fall into the trap of familiarity, constantly exchanging the potential of the new for the tried-and-true. But the vast amount of wine now available to even the casual consumer leads me to think that experimentation is the way to go. Leave your comfort zone and try one of these wonderful wines. And happy holidays to all!
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Chateau Ste. Michelle Riesling (Columbia Valley, Washington) $9
Etude Pinot Gris 2012 (Carneros, California) $22
La Crema Pinot Gris 2012 (Monterey, California) $20
Stickybeak Sauvignon Blanc Russian River Valley 2012 (Sonoma County, California) $17
Terlano Chardonnay 2012 (Alto Adige, Italy) $20
Plantagenet Chardonnay Mt. Barker 2012 (Western Australia) $15
Herdade do Esporao Vinho da Defesa Rosé 2011 (Alentejo, Portugal) $11
Estate Manolesaki Cabernet Sauvignon 2007 (Greece) $18
Piccini Chianti Classico 2009 (Tuscany, Italy) $18
Melini Chianti Classico Riserva 2008 (Tuscany, Italy) $16
La Rochelle Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast 2009 (Sonoma County, California) $48
Ulises Valdez Zinfandel Alexander Valley St. Peters Church Vineyard 2009 (Sonoma County, California) $40
Chateau Vignot St. Emilion 2007 (Bordeaux, France) $53
Gascon Malbec Reserva 2010 (Mendoza, Argentina) $20
Robert Mondavi Merlot 2010 (Napa Valley, California) $23
Early Mountain Merlot 2008 (Madison, Virginia) $40
Golan Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 (Galilee, Israel) $23
Steven Kent Cabernet Sauvignon Home Ranch (Livermore Valley, California) $65
Blandy’s Madeira Bual 5-Year (Portugal) $27