Looking for the perfect wine to go with your Christmas feast? Look no further than Menotomy Beer and Wine. Official Wine Buff over at Menotomy, Dan Coulton, explains his favorites for dinner, dessert and beyond.
One red wine that pairs well with main dishes like turkey, ham or salmon is a 2008 Pinot Givry, a very light French Burgundy. Coulton describes the Givry as an, "elegant Pinot Noir with great earth tones and a nice smokiness to it that won't over-power your main course." At $18.99, the 2008 Pinot Givry was Menotomy's most popular Thanksgiving wine and is jumping off the shelves once again.
A second red Coulton recommends is a 2009 Poppy Chardonnay from the Saint Lucia Highlands in Monterey. Aged 9 months, Coulton deems this naturally buttery and oaky red as, "a fantastic balance with fruit," According to Coulton this wine "has been flying out of the store. Everyone who has been buying it have come back for more." The 2009 Poppy Chardonnay sells for $14.99.
For a red to pair with beef or lamb, Coulton recommends the 2006 3 Saints Cabernet Sauvignon, a Nick Deluca domestic from St. Ynes in the Santa Barbara area. Coulton describes this red as, a "nice, extricated cab with great balance, not overly tannic, easy to drink, a nice soft cab that is a great overall food pairing wine." The 3 Saint cab is a bit more expensive at $24.99 a bottle.
For a red that pairs well with desserts, especially chocolate, try the 2006 Zinfandel from Calistoga Cellars, a blend of Cab Sauvignon and Petite Syrah from the Napa Valley region. With 18 months of fermentation in French oak barrels, Coulton describes this red as a, "nice, big bold red, but not overly sweet with great balance that offers a dark cherry and plum flavoring." The Calistoga Cellars Zinfandel sells for $17.99.
Although reds pair best with most classic Christmas meals, Coulton also recommend a white that works as both a light dinner wine and a good dessert wine. He described the 2006 Saint Chapel Riesling Ice Wine from Idaho as a "sweet wine that especially compliments fruit pies or even pumpkin pie. It has good honey-suckle notes to it and peach characteristics." The Saint Chapel white sells for $23.99.
For more information on Christmas pairing wines, including more on Coulton's Wine Club that kicks off February 1st, call Menotomy Beer and Wine at 781-646-0889. The Wine Club will offer two ideal pairings a month, plus tastings and other fun and informative wine related events.