It’s Christmas party time. Do you have a lot of parties to attend this month? I do as well. So I’ve combined some pairings for Christmas party foods and snacks, or great ideas you can give a hostess as a gift. Let’s get right to it.
Sparkling wines pair wonderfully with most foods. Especially hor d’oeuvres and party snacks. Sparkling wines also pair well with appetizer courses like salads. And if you are one of those people who doesn’t like Sparkling wine, this Villa Conchi comes in a beautiful gift box and is a great gift for giving. It also helps it sell for less than $18.
Rose wine is not just for Summer. A nice rose is welcome at any of my parties
This arrogant Frog out of France is around the $15 mark, so easy to bring, most people will like it, and its easy on the wallet. This rose wine made from Syrah grapes is perfect for cheese and crackers as well as those little sausages and pigs in the blanket. Plus, it looks really pretty and festive in a glass.
I’ve tried two spectacular white wines this past week.
I dropped in on a friend of mine, and she had company, so we all sat down and enjoyed a glass of this Kim Crawford Pinot Gris. I’ve had the Pinot Noir and the Sauvignon Blanc before, but this was my first time enjoying the Pinot Gris and it was, in a word, fantastic. I loved it. Crisp and light with those gorgeous flavors of melon and citrus. We enjoyed it sitting around and chatting, but this is also a great wine if you are planning any smoked salmon or seafood appetizers.
Sorry about the bad picture. I tried a few new whites with my friend Amber at the NSLC this week, and I ended up buying this King Valley Chardonnay out of Australia. It’s on sale and priced under $18 at the moment. Great wine for your turkey dinner, the ham on Christmas Eve, or even if you’re planning on bringing in Chinese food this Christmas. I loved this wine.
I was asked to my friends, the Golden Girls on Saturday night. They recently took a river cruise and were in Bordeaux France. They bought home this spectacular Bordeaux for us to try. It was full-bodied and grippy and a stellar wine for a big piece of roast beef or steak. Unfortunately you can’t buy the Chateau Lamothe-Bergeron here it in Nova Scotia but what a treat it was. I was reading some reviews of this vineyard online, and the tour of this vineyard is considered the highlight of an5 visit to Bordeaux, France.
And now for my wine of the week….
The first picture is to show you the gorgeous color of this GSM blend from the Languedoc region of France. GSM being a blend of Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedre. It is so good, I now have two more bottles in my wine rack. Full-bodied and opulent, I loved the finish on this wine. It’s a great value at $20.75 here in Nova Scotia and as I’ve mentioned, I’ve been back to buy more. As a matter of fact I bought it to our wine night last night, and everyone who tried it, loved it. And last night for food treats, we had everything from cheese and crackers, nachos, to veggies and dip. It’s a great blended wine that will be a welcome addition to any party, but try it with your favorite comfort food. Stews, ribs, roast beef, you’ll think you’re in heaven. I did.
I posted this yesterday on Wine In My Opinion’s Facebook page, because my news feed is either romaine lettuce being recalled or Kale. Wine is definitely the safe bet.
Till next week, Cheers