Wine Pairings for the Holiday Season

November 26, 2013 5:26 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

thanksgiving wine  So you’ve thoughtfully put together a holiday menu and as the grocery shopping commences, you realize that you haven’t even thought of what to drink. Sommelier Jim Lay of Elway’s Vail has put together a wine list that’s sure to impress the wine snobs, cork dorks and wine-Os in your family. Here are five varietals that are sure to put everyone in the holiday spirit. Cheers!

1. Start the afternoon with a low alcohol, succulent German Riesling while sampling early turkey pieces.

“I love a Spatlese from the Mosel, Nahe, Rheinhessen or Rheingau,” said  Lay.

Some notable producers to look for:

  • JJ Prum,
  • Dr Thanish
  • Basserman Jordan
  • Dr Loose
  • JJ Christoffel,
  • Donnhoff
  • Leitz

2. Beaujolais cru wines are made from the gamay grape.  This lovely wine is made in the villages of Brouilly, Chénas, Côte de Brouilly, Chiroubles, Fleurie, Juliénas, Morgon, Moulin-à-Vent, Régnie Reviews and St-Amour. These berry rich wines with low tannins are a perfect match to the bright rich flavors of a beaujolaiscrus1holiday dinner.

Some notable producers to look for;

  • Domaine Louis-Claude Desvignes,
  • Henry Fessy,
  • Louis Jadot,
  • Doboeuf,
  • Beaudet,
  • Château de la Terrière
  • Mommesin

3. Pinot Noir has been called the most versatile varietal for good reason.  Its broad reach of big fruit with low tannins makes this the perfect match for the main course!  From California and Oregon to France and beyond, these wines please everyone.

Some notable producers to look for;

  • Williams Seleym,
  • Emeritus,
  • Domaine Serene,
  • Kosta Browne,
  • Beaux Frerres,
  • Domaine Dujac,
  • Lange, AP Vin,
  • Loring Wine Co.
  • Miner

4. Zinfandel is a truly American wine for truly American holiday. The rich spicy flavors go well with turkey, cranberries, and all the fixings.

Some notable producers to look for:wines

  • Ridge
  • Seghesio
  • Ravenswood
  • T-Vine
  • Hendry

5. Finish with dessert wine such as a late harvest Riesling or Sauternes.

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