This post features the Christmas wines that we previously spoke about with Bill D’Amico from Chalet Premier. Whether you are hosting, or attending, a Christmas dinner event, this will help you make the correct choice of wine to serve, or take, and is best suited for the event. All of these are reasonably priced; with the exception of the Santa Margarita and the Chianti Classico which both are in the $25-$30 price range.
Dashwood Sauvignon Blanc – This dry wine consists of tropical fruit and citrus flavors such as grapefruit, guava, and lemongrass, which result in a light and crisp finish. As a spectator rated wine, it was voted as one of the best in this price range. Pairs well with fish, shellfish, salads and green vegetables. Marlborough, New Zealand.
Santa Margarita Pinot Grigio– Also known as the Cadillac of Pinot Grigios. This dry wine is a classic, crisp, sophisticated wine with flavors of golden delicious apples and hints of citrus. Perfect pairings are pasta, seafood, and chicken dishes. Northern Italian Region of Alto Adige.
R Collection Chardonnay by Raymond-A medium bodied wine, with aromas of pineapple, zesty lemon, ripe apples, honeysuckle, and orange zest. Your palate will be left tasting a well balanced wine with a smooth finish. Pairs well with a wide variety of fish and poultry. North and Central Coast Vineyards, CA
Masi Masianco Pinot Grigio & Verduzzo-Aromas of citrus fruit, white flowers and honey. You will taste lemon along with the fruitiness flavors of peach and apricot, and a hint of honey. Pair with fish, white meat, and antipasto. Venetian Region, Italy.
Ruffino Chianti Classico Riserva Ducale– This velvet and intense red wine will provide aromas of violet, cherries, wild berries and plums, with delicate hints of tobacco and white pepper grains. This enjoyable wine will leave a gentle aftertaste of rosemary with soft scents of red roses and flint. This elegant wine pairs nicely with beef, lamb, veal, pork, duck, pasta and pizza. Provinces of Siena and Florence, Italy.
(For information on Ghost Pines Cabernet Sauvignon or the Amitage Red Blend, see previous post on Holiday Spirits To:)