Pinot Noir

Christmas Dinner Wine Pairings

For those of you searching for something other than the traditional Christmas Dinner Wine Pairings, see my post Not the Same Old Wine Pairings.

So you’re having turkey dinner…

For those of you who want to show your guests that you have absolutely zero imagination or tolerance of risk, and that you have an almost maniacal disregard for their well-being,  I suggest you serve pink Zinfandel all day and all night.

If you want to go with a little more risk and pizzaz, try serving a fruit forward Red Zinfandel or Primitivo.  Layer Cake makes a decent $13 Primitivo.  It has a fairly light alcohol content at 13.5% and gentle tannins.  It’s a little bit sweet and generally happy to play second fiddle to the rest of your holiday meal.  For white you could serve a fruity Riesling.  I suggest Sofia (Coppola) Riesling at about $13.

If you want to step it up a little more and show some creativity, while still conforming to the wine pairing rule book you could serve a dry Pinot Noir.  I suggest Luigi Bosca Reserva 2007 Pinot Noir from Argentina.  90 points from Jay Miller for Robert Parker.  Retails for about $15-$20.  For white go with 2007 Chateau St. Michelle Riesling Eroica  (NOT their regular Riesling) 91 points and about $20-$25.

there you have it, short and sweet.  Merry Christmas everyone!

Cuvaison, Pinot Noir, Carneros 2007

From the company literature:  “Aroma: boysenberries, anise, wild strawberries and cinnamon.  Palate: Flavors of black plum, strawberry and raspberry on toast.  A full-bodied, black-fruited Pinot with lifted aromas and a nice “lime peel” acidity on the finish”

I liked this wine, it was rich and full-bodied.  On the nose, a hint of cinnamon.  On the palate I really picked up on the strawberry and raspberry and well balanced acidity.

Retail price clocks in at about $30, which is a little steep for a wine that doesnt totally blow me away, (I know call me cheap). Or at least partially blow me away.  Kind of like “mmm, this is pretty good, can I have some more?”  but not “Wow! I need to buy a case!”

It’s a good wine, and it would definitely be on my big huge “To buy” list if it were under $20.