Top Wines For Your Holiday Table
Christmas, New Year,… Holidays are synonymous with delicious meals and wines of pleasure. Which wines to choose? Is champagne essential? White wine or red wine? Looking for originality, novelty, savings… Wineonline.ca helps you prepare for the holidays.
Champagne plays the master of ceremony
During holidays, it’s a regime truce! It is time for delight, carefully prepared dishes, carefully selected wines and champagnes. Extended aperitif, petits fours, hors d’oeuvres, dishes, cheeses, desserts… The hours spent at the table are not counted, and the calories consumed even less.
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A vibrant white or a light red to start the meal
As an aperitif or to serve with fish, shellfish and seafood pairing, dry wines with an invigorating vivacity will make your guests salivate.
If you’re stuck between loving the new world style of Sauvignon Blanc such as the wines from New Zealand and the old world style such as those from Sancerre, you will absolutely love the Cartagena Sauvignon Blanc by Viña Casa Marín 2018. Soft and supple with bright acidity…
→ Cartagena Sauvignon Blanc by Viña Casa Marín 2018
An other great option is this 2017 Condrieu Chery from Northern Rhône (France), an opulent, honeyed white that also has the herbal savour and dry, mineral finish only the best Condrieu can deliver.
→ Condrieu Chery by Domaine Rémi Niero 2017
It’s big but nimble, and it’s crying out to be a main-event white at your next dinner party. There’s nothing else like it, and there’s never very much to go around, so if you love profoundly textural dry whites, you must jump on this while you can!
You can also think Gamay and Pinot Noir wines, which are ideal for turkey, deli meats, terrines and pâtés, served cool.
If you want great wine from Burgundy, but don’t want to pay those high Burgundy prices, we suggest you look a little south to Beaujolais where you’ll find a great alternative.
Jean-Marc Burgaud 2018 Beaujolais is simply outstanding. It is drinking as well as any Villages Burgundy and will hold its own against many 1er crus and best of all, it earned 94 points! Jean-Marc’s wines are fresh, balanced, well structured and continue to be at the fore-front of the Beaujolais wine-revolution. Not only great out of the bottle today, but this wine also has some surprising longevity for your cellar. However, it’s hard not to get overzealous and start pulling corks as soon as this case hits your doorstep!
→ Morgon Côte du Py by Jean-Marc Burgaud 2018
A full-bodied red wine for the main course
To pair with your beef, lamb or game meats, full-bodied wines, which have more stature, will get the most positive feedback from the table.
Let’s talk about this Montenegrin red wine made from the indigenous Vranac grape which makes a wine not dissimilar to a Châteauneuf-du-Pape.
Elegant and dense, with ripe black fruit aromas and fine sweet spices. Very long, fruity complex finish. This Vranac Reserve from Plantaze 2013 is a very impressive wine, with loads of wow in it. You’ll love it! 98 points – James Suckling, July 2019 / Top 100 Spanish Wines of 2019 – James Suckling, Dec 2019
→ This Vranac Reserve from Plantaze 2013
You may already know the legendary Wagner Family that are behind the often sought-after Caymus Napa Cabernets. Today we brought back the virtually undiscovered Caymus Malbec that has recently been made available to Canada.
A dark reddish purple, Voyage 7 opens with lush earthiness on the nose, as scents of ripe plums mix with Medjool dates, wildflower, suede leather.
→ Red Schooner Voyage 7 by Caymus Vineyards
Our last suggestion is Brunello di Montalcino DOCG by Donatella Cinelli Colombini 2014. Vintage after vintage, Donatella Cinelli is getting it done with the most spectacular and exclusive vino in the world.
Casato Prime Donne is the first winery in Italy with an all female staff. Its Brunellos distinguish themselves in the international panorama of fine wines, thanks to their extraordinary harmony and finesse. Enter the Brunello Prime Donne by Donatella Cinelli which is able to get the hedonist in you jumping for joy. It’s definetely gorgeous, plush Brunello flavors without hard tannins. Good introduction to the beauty of Brunello.
→ Brunello di Montalcino DOCG by Donatella Cinelli Colombini 2014
An other great option is buy Magnum bottles, The magnum always has a spectacular touch with its 1.5 litres, the equivalent of two bottles. There is no better way to express the festive, friendly and generous side of wine.
There is 2 huge magnums bottles who should take a look:
- Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvée Laurence Magnum by Domaine du Pegau 2012: there are no compromises when it comes to quality at Domaine du Pegau. They have a distinct style and they do not deviate. If you have had these wines in the past you are already aware that these are wines of stature and quality and can age indefinitely.
→ Chateauneuf du Pape Cuvée Laurence Magnum by Domaine du Pegau 2012
- Rioja Gran Reserva 904 1.5L Magnum by La Rioja Alta 2010: Drinking classic Rioja that’s aged properly is one of the great pleasures Spain affords us. When we talk about the tried-and-true classic producers of Rioja, we tend to think of Spain’s oldest and most sought-after houses; López de Heredia and La Rioja Alta. This Top-Of-The-Line Rioja is a case study in Old-Vine profundity. There’s no doubt that it is one of the most exciting and longest lived wines in the world.
→ Rioja Gran Reserva 904 1.5L Magnum by La Rioja Alta 2010