Monday, November 21, 2016

Wines for the Holidays, The International Parade For Smart Tablescapes And Satisfied Guests

  Wines for the Holidays, The International Parade for Smart "Tablescapes" and satisfied guests is a creative way to provide wines that will succinctly accommodate many food pairings and many palates for a reasonable expense.
  Three notes of interest: As I continue to discover the versatility, vibrancy, celebratory colors, and the broad pair-ability of Rosé wines, I can't vouchsafe a feast without them (purchase the freshest Rosé wines available).
  As my Wine Newbie-self has discovered, others just might have wise suggestions, and for that Claire Augustine has recommended a Barbera for the red wine of broad pair-ability.
  Thirdly: If you want to impress with something exceptional, by all means, splurge away!

Four Spanish Wines To Complete Your Thanksgiving Table.
Bodegas Alvarez de Toledo 2014 Godello (Bierzo, Spain)
Muga Rioja 2015 Rosé (Spain)
Codorniu Classic Cava (Spain)
Scaia Del Garnatxa 2013 Priorat Red Wine
Sorry, I could not locate a Spanish equivalent of Port; so a typical port will do ($20 and above)
All for under $50.00, without the Port, and will pair with almost anything the 'chef' prepares, but keep in mind that these wines are suggestions, and there are many other equally apropos combinations for the holiday.

Four Portuguese Wines To Complete Your Thanksgiving Table.
Defesa Alentejo 2015 Rosé
Quinta Do Crasto D.O.C. 2012 Douro Reserva Red Wine
Warre's Quinta Da Cavadinha 1992 Vintage Port
Pavao 2015 Vinho Verde
All for under $90.
I was not able to locate a Portuguese sparkling wine, and I would recommend an easily found Cava ($7-$30).
Five French Wines To Complete Your Thanksgiving Table.
Willm 2012 Alsace Riesling Réserve
Perrier-Jouët Grand Brut Champagne
Château Greysac Médoc 2009 Bordeaux Red Wine
Domaine La Croix Belle No7 Languedoc 2015 Rosé
Château Grand Renom 2014 Bordeaux White Wine (Sauvignon Blanc)
All for under $100. Keep in mind that good Champagne is never cheap!
Five Italian Wines To Complete Your Thanksgiving Table.
Zinato Delle Venezie 2015 Pinot Grigio
Attems 2014 Pinot Grigio Ramato (Rosé)
Antica Fratta Brut Franciacorta sparkling Chardonnay
Marcarini Clabot Camerano 2008 Barbera d'Alba
Mezzacorona Trentino D.O.C. Riesling
All for under $70.
Five Domestic (USA) Wines To Complete Your Thanksgiving Table.
Terra-d'oro Amador County Zinfandel Port
Ménage à Trois 2015 Rosé
Eroica (Chateau Ste Michelle-Dr. Loosen) 2008 Columbia Valley Riesling
Chappellet Mountain Cuvée 2014 Red Wine
Mumm Napa Valley Brut Prestige Sparkling wine
All for under $90.
Five Australian Wines To Complete Your Thanksgiving Table.
Jacob's Creek 2015 Chardonnay
Trever Jones Jonesy Rare Aged Port
Greg Norman 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot Red Wine
Frisk 2011 Riesling
All form the land down under for $80.

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