Christmas wines – Dec 21, 2013

By Anthony Gismondi

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Ita��s a blessing of sorts when Christmas Day falls mid-week. I know it is still the 25th but somehow it seems as if there is always more time to organize those pesky dinner wines when you have the weekend and a few days to think about what to serve.

If you have been reading this column for a few decades you should know by now there are no right or wrong choices. Of course some wines do pair better with turkey than ham or with roast beef versus fish, but if you can stickhandle thorough those style or grape choices there is an amazing choice of wines to choose from in this city.

Today we will get you headed in the right direction, but there are plenty of sources of information out there and none more relevant than the many people who work in wine stores across the Lower Mainland. Most of your angst can be assuaged by asking for help at the store. Even if you cana��t find what you are looking for just suggesting a wine or style will set the store clerk free to help you.

If there is a caution we might suggest it is to analyze the guest list before Christmas Day. If your dinner involves multiple guests and a mix of ages, and even generations, great wines from old vintages, the kind that require attention, are not recommended. It is the generous wines that are always a hit. That means red wines with soft tannins and white wines with a reasonably fruity, aromatic demeanour.

So where to start. Leta��s look at the big main course categories that are likely to dominate Christmas dinners around the province: vegetarian, fish, turkey, ham, beef or lamb. There is good news for vegetarians who seemed to prosper at Christmas thanks to the many meatless, vegetable side dishes and trimmings that combine brilliantly with the emerging category of aromatic blends. Try TorrontA�s from Argentina, aromatic blends from British Columbia, Northern Italian whites or Sauvignon Blanc.

Fish presents its own challenges. Lighter fish calls for fresh white wines with little or no oak. Sancerre would be a great pick, Sauvignon Blanc from Leyda or New Zealand; heavier, oily fish like salmon is perfect with Pinot Noir or Gamay from France or the New World.

Matches for turkey can be more about the stuffing and the trimmings than the bird, but on the surface you could serve red or white. Chardonnay, Riesling, Grenache/Syrah and Pinot Noir would all work. Cool-climate New World Chardonnay from B.C., California and Australia work, southern Rhone or even Languedoc red blends would be fine too.

If ham is on the menu, or any kind of charcuterie, think off-dry Riesling. The fruit and acidity is a perfect foil to the smoke and salt. In B.C., local picks would be perfect and producers you might want to look for would be CedarCreek, Tantalus, Gray Monk, Mission Hill, Nk a�?Mip. There are many excellent German examples too from Tesch, Selbach, Pauly Bergweiler and St. Urbans Hof.

Beef, likely roast beef, is an easy dinner match. Cabernet Sauvignon, malbec or Merlot will all work, especially when the tannins and the fat combine in your mouth. California cabernet, Pacific Northwest Merlot and Mendoza malbec are the tickets here.

If lamb is on the menu the slam dunk match is Syrah, but Syrah blends are equally welcomed as is malbec with its savoury, juicy dark fruit flavours. Your best Syrah/shiraz bets are local: Painted Rock, Jackson Triggs, Black Hills or Burrowing Owl. Australian shiraz from Barossa or McLaren Vale work as does French Hermitage, Crozes-Hermitage and or ChA?teauneuf du Pape.

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