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Holiday Wine and Food Pairings

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Holiday Wine and Food Pairings

Heading to a party this holiday season. One of the easiest items to bring is wine, and we have uncovered the best varieties to bring depending on what you or your host is serving. Enjoy some of our selections below to make for a merry and flavorful holiday feast.

Bubbles to start:

L'Essenzial Prosecco, $19: There's nothing better than a glass of sparkling wine to greet guests with as they walk in the door. This Prosecco is unlike any you've had before - the quality is a big step above the stuff you use to spike your mimosas on Sundays. Fresh and fruity, with characteristic biscuit notes that add warmth and depth. The wine finishes extremely dry with a pleasant bitterness on the finish. Pairs well with: cheeses, crudite and hummus, and other welcome snacks

Whites for the Table:

Andorfer Gruner Veltliner 2012, $22: Gruner Veltliner is a wine we love on the table during the holidays. High acidity and a signature rush of baking spices on the palate make it a no-brainer for the holiday's fare. This particular bottle is just gorgeous - with a little sugar left in the bottle to give the wine some heft and richness on the palate and a rush of powdered ginger on the finish that's as fascinating as it is delicious. Pairs well with: Sweet potatoes, glazed carrots, acorn squash.

Finca Os Cabatos Godello 2012, $14: This white from Spain's northern Galicia region is downright delicious. Bright acidity mingles with notes of oranges, peaches, and almonds for a wine that's medium-bodied with a surprisingly saline finish that will bring out all those flavors you worked so hard to create. Pairs well with: Green bean casserole, brussel sprouts.

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Xo, G Pinot GrigioXo, G comes in 4 individually wrapped, pre-filled glasses making it perfect for a party or to share with friends. Pairs well with: cheese.

Reds for the Table:

Beaujolais Nouveau 2014: BEAUJOLAIS NOUVEAU 2014 from Georges Duboeuf features a radiant ruby red color with crimson halos that includes a subtle/delicate fruit flavors of red berry and wild strawberry are accompanied by a rich, perfumed nose. This wine is harmonious on the palate – round, generous, full and smooth, with a velvety finish.
Pairs well with: Grilled and barbequed meats, charcuterie, colorful salads, and cheese.

Bench Sonoma County Pinot Noir 2012, $22: Pinot Noir is always great for the Thanksgiving table because its so dang versatile. This particular bottle has bright California fruit right up front followed by nice acidity, a light body, and a velvety finish that make it ideal for a variety of foods. Pairs well with: Turkey & Cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes and gravy.

Belle Ambiance Cabernet Sauvignon: A super inexpensive and flavorful wine, we love the Cabernet Sauvignon from Belle Ambiance that includes aromas like black cherries and blackberries as well as hints of violet and freshly-cracked peppercorn. Pairs well with: rich cheeses, filet mignon, or a hearty pasta sauce.

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