Its Holiday Wine Time!
by Stu Nudelman AKA Stu The Wine Guru
So that time of year is literally around the corner, The Holidays. You are asking yourself, " Am I going to have the family over, and host the Holidays or am I going to travel to whomever will be hosting it this year?"
That's a big question commonly asked. Well, let's go in the direction of hosting first. Let's assume you want to have your parent(s), sister(s) or brother(s), oh yeah, and that Aunt or Uncle who you forgot is sill around and kicking over for Thanksgiving, Christmas or ( Insert the name of the holiday you celebrate here).
We all know some of the typical Holiday foods served : Turkey,Ham, Pork,Chicken, Fish, etc.. I am going to pick the Traditional Holiday Turkey dinner and show you some wines to pair with it.
As you see me do on NBC's NONSTOP FOODIES show, in my YOUR WINE LIST segment, I offer both a "Traditional Choice" and my "Something Different Choices" so that you can give your palate a break from the ordinary.
Lets start with a crowd pleaser: Turkey with Mashed Potatoes or Yams,Green Bean Casserole, Stuffing and Cranberry Relish.
This is a typical Holiday meal.
My "Traditional Choice" for the Turkey dinner would be :
Pinot Noir: This red wine is a favorite for Thanksgiving/Christmas. Pinot's have subtle earthy undertones, and the featured flavors of raspberry and currant work well with the traditional flavors of turkey and stuffing.
Here are two "Something Different Choices":
First is Gewurztraminer pronounced: Geh-Vertz-Trah-Meener.This white wine is aromatic, medium bodied, mildly sweet, and will bring out the best in both the Turkey and gravy. Gewurztraminer is a great white wine option.
Go out and ask for either a Gewürztraminer from Alsace or in the U.S either Washington State or California. Here are two: Alsace-Trimbach Gewürztraminer or California-Balletto Gewürztraminer
Second and lastly is a Sparkling Wine. Most people like the bubbly. It has a great ability to cleanse the palate each time when paired with food, so that each bite tastes like the first. The thanks go to the bubbles. My choice would be a Cava from Spain. Little known fact about Cava, is that they are the only sparkling wine made in the exact same method as champagne is, the French call it " Méthode Champenoise". It's the closest taste to champagne outside the Champagne region of France,(a fact the French Champagne makers are not too happy about) and priced about 50-75% cheaper!
My choice would be a Cava called Mas Fi Cava. It comes in both a Brut and Rose Brut. Either way you choose will work well.
So now you can feel confident about choosing wine for the holiday season whether you bring it with you to a holiday event, or host one yourself.
I'm Stu The Wine Guru. Have a Happy Holiday Season. Try some of these wines I recommend for your upcoming holiday gatherings.
If you want to learn more about wine and food, listen in to my radio show "Wine Talk with Stu The Wine Guru" on Wednesday nights at 11:00pm est here: www.blogtalkradio.com/stuthewineguru or on ITUNES, just put in Stu The Wine Guru.
Watch me on NBC's NONSTOP FOODIES SHOW for more wine and food pairings. Check your local listings for times and channels.
As I always say "If it's time to pour the wine,It's time for Stu The Wine Guru. Drink up!