There is no right or wrong wine to serve with your holiday get together. The wine should not only compliment the cuisine but bond friends and family together. Wine is a means of socializing. Good wine is good company. This was true of our Thanksgiving Feast.
Our holiday dinner was non-traditional in that we did not have turkey. Instead we enjoyed a Pork Crown Roast with stuffing and the wines we shared made the evening and food more enjoyable.
We started with appetizers of bacon wrapped dates, figs and watermelon rind, a mushroom pate, tomatoes and mozzarella, and Parmesan cheese with aged Balsamic. We enjoyed two Sparkling wines with these gourmet delights. The first was a Brut Rose Cava known as Anna from Codorniu. This Rose celebrates the heiress of one of Spain’s most noted winemaking dynasties. The winery is the oldest family winery in Spain going back to 1551 and one of the oldest businesses in the world. Created in the Methode Traditionnelle using Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grapes, this Cava is bright and lively with its refreshing flavors of raspberries and strawberries. The other sparkling wine was a Schramsberg Blanc De Blancs. This sparkling wine was very dry and crisp with toasty flavors of pear and green apple. The Blanc De Blancs is made from Chardonnay and was the original sparkling wine that placed Schramsberg on the map in 1965.
Our first course was a Pumpkin Soup made with coconut milk, lemon grass and Chile. It had hints of spice paired nicely with an Eberle 2012 Viognier. The viscous quality of the wine with its aromas and flavors of honeysuckle and citrus was the perfect match. Viognier reminds me of autumn so it goes without saying that a pumpkin soup would blend so nicely with this wine. Eberle and Paso Robles are synonymous as the winery represents one of the oldest wineries in the Paso Robles area. People think of them as a big winery but actually they are not. I would say they are a big little winery making some exceptional wines that showcase the terroir of Paso Robles.
With our entrée Pork Crown Roast with Apple Stuffing and Delecata Squash filled with Minted Green and Yellow String Beans we served two wines, a 2012 Chateau Boswell Absolutely Eloise Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast. This wine was absolutely outstanding. For a young Pinot it was very drinkable balanced and smooth with its flavors of Blueberry. We also served a Relic 2010 The Prior. A blend of Malbec and Cabernet Franc, the wine was big, bold and fruit forward with hints of black cherry and currants.
We capped off our meal with an apple tart. Our friends left satiated from the wonderful food and wine we enjoyed making this yet another special Thanksgiving meal.
As a Postscript: We all know that part of a holiday gathering is the leftovers you get to consume over the next couple of days following the event. It goes without saying, our leftovers need to be paired with a wonderful wine and we chose a Slovenian wine, Erzetic’s 2009 Amfora Cabernet Sauvignon. The Cabernet is a lighter yet very balanced and smooth with a spicy finish. What is unique about this wine is that after aging 18 months in barrels the wine ages a year in amphora clay pots. This gives the wine its complexity. This Cabernet Sauvignon earned a well-deserved gold medal at the Sunset International Wine Competition this year. Those looking for something different and like the European style of Cabernet Sauvignon will definitely enjoy this wine.
Stay tuned throughout the month of December as I will be exploring wines that would make excellent choices for your holiday meals.
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