Holiday Wine and Food Pairings and Picks!




It looks to be a quieter holiday season but still a welcome time to celebrate and relax without breaking the bank, all eleven of these wines sell for less than $20 and are widely available in Ontario.


In the Old World (i.e. Europe), the start to the day is best typified by the English saying;

“If you aren’t sipping a glass of something fizzy by elevenses are you sure it’s even Christmas?”.


Brunch/Early On

So, if you are looking for a tipple with brunch, why not go for a good Prosecco, lower in alcohol but with just a touch of sweetness to accompany the food.




Fiol Prosecco $16.25


Not the lowest price Prosecco but great value and quality with an array of flavours including pear, green apple, citrus, and toast.


ABV 11.0%, Residual sugar 17 g/L.


Greetings


Even if we don’t have guests arriving, let’s get into the mood with a glass of sparkling wine (or is it another?).





Segura Viudas $16.05


An old favourite which successfully stands the test of time as an inexpensive substitute for Champagne.


This medium bodied sparkler has flavours of peaches, pears and apples, grapefruit and toast with a refreshing finish.


ABV 12.0%, 10 g/L sugar.


Gerard Bertrand Cotes des Roses Rose $16.95


Not a fizzy type? Enjoy a pleasant medley of light tastes – strawberry, raspberry and watermelon with a touch of citrus in this still dry rose with gentle acidity and a smooth finish.


ABV 13.0%, 4 g/L sugar.



Starters


With most people opting for poultry or red meat for the main course, seafood oriented appetizers are very popular.


Chardonnays have good body with enough acidity to serve with smoked salmon but also match well with shellfish.


The oaky versions of this wine with their big profiles alienate some people but unoaked varieties can be bright, crisp and clean with a good fruit balance.


Canada is producing some very good Chardonnays and here are two excellent choices.






Strewn Chardonnay Barrel Aged VQA $14.95


From the Niagara region and one of the most popular Canadian white wines, the Strewn is a lighter version of the big California Chardonnays with green apple predominating plus buttery and oaky flavours in the background.


ABV 12.4%, 3 g/L sugar.


Kacaba Unoaked Chardonnay VQA $15.95


Kacaba, also from Niagara, has a light/medium body with green apple tastes plus some softer tropical and other fruit tastes.


Bright, clean and refreshing, easy drinking with a long finish.


ABV 13.5%, 5 g/L sugar.


Continuing with the Canadian theme, it is wise to have a slightly sweeter non Chardonnay on hand and the Diabolica White VQA from the Okanagan wine region is a great option.



Diabolica White VQA $13.95


A blend of four grape varieties yields pineapple and tropical fruit tastes with a touch of honey on the finish.


Medium bodied with lively acidity which keeps the sweetness in check, serve well chilled.


ABV 12.5%, 14 g/L sugar.


Main Course


Poultry Time


Traditionalists with their roast turkey dinners are becoming increasingly joined by those favouring chicken based presentations.


White wine lovers will do well with one of our recommendations in the preceding section but a lighter red wine will work equally well.


We favour Pinot Noirs as their slight fruitiness also complements sweet sides such as buttered carrots and cranberry sauce.



Villa Wolf Pinot Noir Pfalz $15.00


Red fruit, oak and smoke in a light/medium body with minimal tannins and a slightly pepperish finish make for easy drinking and a good accompaniment to roast turkey with stuffing.


ABV 12.5%, 5 g/L sugar.


G. Marquis Silver Line Pinot Noir VQA $19.95

From the Niagara region, this is lighter than the Villa Wolf with tastes of raspberries, cherries and strawberries with light tannins and a touch of pepper on the finish.


ABV 12.5%, 6 g/L residual sugar.