Festive Wines: I'm Dreaming of a Red and White Christmas

Festive Wines: I'm Dreaming of a Red and White Christmas


Here are some of my favorite red and white wines for holiday entertaining and meals. I tend to spend more on wine at this time of year, both in the price per bottle and the number of bottles I buy.

Do you have some to add to the list? Any particularly memorable bottles from holidays past, perhaps not so much because of the wine but because of where you were and who you were with?

White Wines

2006 Stella Bella Wines Skuttlebutt Sauvignon Blanc/Semillon Margaret River, Australia: A wine that has vibrant, grassy goodness to wake up your palate. Pair with: seafood, vegetarian dishes. 12% alcohol XD = extra dry $17.95 Score: 89/100.

2004 Wegeler Riesling Spatlese Qmp, Rudesheimer Berg Rottland, Estate BtlD., Rheingau, Germany: Move up to a Spatlese! Don't be afraid of sweetness; it can be your friend. This one has notes of citrus and apricot. 8% MS = medium sweet $29.95 Score: 92/100.

Red Wines

2006 Mommessin Chateau De Pierreux Brouilly AC, Beaujolais: A happy wine with ripe cherries that's lovely and light. Pair with: chicken, stuffed turkey, grilled pork tenderloin, salmon. 13% XD $19.95 Score: 89/100.

2003 Remo Farina Vigna Montecorna Valpolicella Classico Superiore Ripasso D.O.C., Veneto, Italy: Terrific value in this lovely full-bodied wine with a smooth texture. Like merlot cubed. Pair with: roast game, hearty stews. 13% D $19.65 Score: 90/100.


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