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If you’re a true oenophile like me, then the wines you choose for your holiday gatherings are just as important as the food you serve. You never want to find yourself in a situation where your food overpowers the wine, and you don’t want the wine to become the focal point of table talk, either.

“End of year holidays are about family,” says Greg Moore, partner in Moore Brothers Wine Company  in Pennsauken, New Jersey. “I know that Nicky Valleeeveryone wants to drink wine that tastes good with the food, but doesn't monopolize the conversation.”

Moore’s inventory is primarily comprised of artisanal, small-production wineries, so the bottles he shares with holiday guests are usually wines that come from family farms. For white wines, Moore recommends several styles of Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc and some Italian varietals:

Greg’s Whites:

Riesing:

Half Dry Weingut Freiherr von Heddesdorff 2008

Mußbacher Eselshaut Kabinett halbtrocken Weingut Weegmuller 2008

Tradition Domaine Barmès-Beucher 2007

Sauvignon Blanc:

Touraine Sauvignon Domaine de la Potine 2008

Menetou-Salon Domaine Jean-Max Roger 2007

Italian:

Roera Arneis Vigna Sparse Giovannu Almondo 2008

Custoza Corte Gardoni 2007

“All of these white wines work beautifully with turkey or ham,” he explains. “One is not ‘better’ than the other, but they are certainly different from one another and accentuate each meal in their own ways.”

Greg’s Reds:

Hauts Côtes de Nuits Domaine Cornu-Camus 2007

Chenas Domaine Trichard 2008

Barbera d'Asti Roberto Ferraris 2008

“If you insist on Champagne with a capital ‘C,’ don't make it one of the heavily advertised industrial versions,” Moore counsels. “I love the Champagnes of Jacques Diebolt and Rafael Bereche, but I'm drinking frothy purple dry Labrusco on Thanksgiving and Christmas,” he reveals.

Keith Wallace, Founder of the Wine School of Philadelphia, believes it’s a good idea to focus on the non-wine drinkers first before the serious pairing process begins.

“Instead of getting them a bottle of White Zinfandel, grab some St. Supery's Moscato,” he says. “Its just sweet enough for them, but still complex and balanced enough to enjoy and is actually quite good with cranberry sauce.”

For whites, Wallace suggests Pieropan's Soave Classico because it is stylish and crisp, with just enough lush peach to work with some of the yam dishes you may eat. He also recommends the Gloria Ferrer Blanc de Blanc, which he describes as “a fun little champagne wannabe with a touch of almond and pear on the nose.”

Where reds are concerned, Wallace likes the ‘fruit bomb’ approach, as he calls it.

“Go for the Bleasdale ‘Bremerview’ Shiraz, which has a great dose of over-the-top fruit that totters between luxury and trashy. It's also about 15% alcohol, which always makes the holidays more interesting,” he jokes. “If you want honest-to-goodness class, then get a few bottles of

Chateau Coufran Haut Medoc. It's the best bottle of Left Bank Bordeaux available under twenty bucks, and my current favorite any day wine.”

For dessert, Wallace recommends a bottle of Dutschke the Tokay. “Imagine a bottle of maple syrup and a vintage port had a love child,” he says mischievously.

The 60’s sensibility notwithstanding, sharing any sort of bottle with close family and friends is really what will make the holiday season one to remember.

 

For more information about the wines mentioned in this article:

Moore Brothers Wine Company

7200 North Park Drive

Pennsauken

Phone: 856-317-1177

Fax: 856-317-0055 or www.moorebrosnj.com

Store Hours:

Mon-Fri: 10 AM to 8 PM

Saturday: 9 AM to 6 PM

Sunday: 11 AM to 5 PM

The Wine School of Philadelphia

2008 Fairmount Avenue

Philadelphia

800-817-7351 ext.11

www.vinology.com

 

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