The holidays are a time to relax, spend time with friends and family and enjoy a wonderful meal with wine. In the list below are some unusual but excellent examples of wines that you may not typically drink, but would make an excellent addition to your holiday celebrations. This is a global selection that includes some interesting choices from Spain, Chile, Australia, France and from right here in British Columbia.
Enjoy these wines at this special time of year and all the best for 2014.
Bench 1775 , Chill 2012,Naramata Bench, Okanagan Valley, A blend of five white grapes including; Chardonnay, Pinot Gris and Sauvignon Blanc. Pale yellow in the glass with ripe peach and mandarin orange notes. It’s creamy on the palate with well balanced acids leading to grapefruit and lemon flavors on the finish. Hint: works well with holiday Turkey.$15.90
Perseus, Cabernet Sauvignon, Naramata Bench, Okanagan Valley 2010, A new release and another monster hit. Full bodied, earthy, black currant, smoky, meaty with a hint of clove and cedar on the palate. This well balanced, structured red is an outstanding example of what world class wine is all about. Will age 5 to 10 years, although drinking well now.$49.99
Roger Salon, Cote du Rhone, 2010,Rhone Valley, France Cherry and blackberry on the nose followed by dried herbs, spice and cocoa. Medium bodied with low tannins this wine would be a good match with roast leg of lamb with red wine reduction. $21.95
Bodegas Triton, Tridente 2009,Castilla y Leon, Spain a blended wine with a true old world flavor. Savory, earthy tones with meaty, truffle scents finishing with cherry and licorice. Beef Bourgogne would pair very well with this selection. $24.95
Henry’s Drive Vignerons, Pillar Box Red 2010,Padthawaay, Australia, A well crafted wine for $17. Solid value here, raspberry and brightly charged cherry dominate this bright, fruit driven wine. Don’t expect your usual Aussie fruit bomb, this one is smooth and displays low tannins, but is balanced with just the right level of acid. $16.95
Canepa, Finisimo Cabernet Sauvignon 2011,Colchagua Valley, Chile Canepa are wines not well known here in BC, but are outstanding in the under $20 category. This Cab reveals classic notes of black fruit and firm medium bodied tannins with hints of spice on the finish. A holiday roast beef comes to mind, but decant this one to soften it up a bit. $19.95
To liven up the meal after the main course try a special treat, La Stella, La Stellina Merlot Rosato 2011,Osoyoos, Okanagan Valley, This off dry rose, packs a flavor punch mix of orange, strawberry, guava and rhubarb. A perfect way to end the meal, it’s a fruit salad in a glass. $21.00