Here are three wines that I think should be on your holiday list, if not on your table. If you are looking for the old school predictable holiday wine recommendation I suggest you look elsewhere.
This is an old family recipe that my grandmother used to treat us to when we lived in Florida and reminds me of the rich Cuban traditions that were such a big part of my culinary awakening and that still continue to influence me. Invite some friends over grab a couple or three bottles of wine (see my recommendations below) and spoil them with this dish; you will be the talk of the supper club circuit.
A wine and food pairing of the 2009 Forefront Pinot Gris with Braised Pork Shoulder with Rustic Oven Polenta. A pairing to remember!
ChrisO reviews a bottle of 2007 Alchemy from South Stage Cellars after his trip to Southern Oregon. Who knew that the “everyman’s wine snob” would enjoy this wine?!
In episode #21 ChrisO “Everyman’s Wine Snob” and JonM “Wine Snob’s Everyman” review, discuss, banter, argue, and throw out a bevy of analogies about the new value wines from Napa Cellars.
ChrisO takes a look at the 2008 Fontanafredda “Briccotonde” Barbera which heralds from the Piemonte region of northern Italy. Come see what $11.99 will buy you.
ChrisO reviews the 2008 Veramonte “Ritual” Pinot Noir from Casablanca Valley Chile. See what cool climate, Paul Hobbs, Chile and value wine have in common.
In podcast 20 JonM and I explore some value wines under $25 from Argentina, California, and Oregon. When we say “value” we by no means mean cheap, but what we do mean is a wine that delivers way above their price point. We think we found some wines that you are going to like. We also discus some of the limitations of wine retailers and the very arcane system of wine distribution in the US.
What happens when you have ChrisO and JonM separated by 2,000 miles and you add a organically grown cabernet sauvignon from Napa? Why a “Date Night” of course. Listen in and learn…
So here I sit on the 11th of November thinking of my wine pairing suggestions for Thanksgiving. I swore to myself that I would not succumb to the holiday sirens that beg anyone who writes about wine to do the obligatory post about holiday food and wine pairings. But alas, I have surrendered!