There are too many things to worry about over the Holidays. Let’s make one thing easier with some versatile Holiday Wines. Most of you are probably dealing with a table full of dishes and guests and wine pairing can seem daunting. Here are 4 wine styles – with examples- that can make your Holidays Wines selection easier.
Check out Jade’s appearance on the KGW – TV news to taste these Holiday Wines with Cassidy and scroll down for more information.
All of these wines are available in Portland in stores like New Seasons and Fred Meyer. If you can’t find these labels, still go for these styles.
Argyle 2015 Vintage Brut from Willamette Valley – $Mid 20’s
Holidays without bubbles make me sad. This is a great welcome wine and can transition into a dinner pairing. OR if you are having a Holiday Brunch this would be great quiche, lox and bagels, etc. Finally if are going to a Holiday Party and don’t know what to bring – sparkling wines are always a good addition. This wine from Argyle is a traditional method sparkling made with traditional Champagne grapes – Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Pinot Meunier. And y’all it is stunning.
Stoller Family Estates 2016 Reserve Chardonnay from Dundee Hills – $Low 30’s
For white wine lovers Chardonnay can be a “go to” grape. It is hard to get a good balance of fruit, acid, and a bit of the oak so many love AND get that all at a good price. This Chardonnay from Stoller delivers and will pair with many holiday dishes – chicken and dressing, ham, soup and veggie starters.
Bjornson Vineyard 2014 Estate Pinot Noir from Eola-Amity Hills – $Mid 20’s
Pinot Noir is such a versatile red wine. Lots of red fruit and not too much tannin, makes it easy to pair with a variety of dishes. This lovely one from Bjornson could easily go with everything from salmon, to turkey, to lamb. If you are buying one wine for your Holiday meal, get this one.
Dunham Cellars 2016 Three Legged Red from Washington – $Under 20
For those guests and dishes that call for more intense dark fruits a red blend can really fit the bill. This blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Syrah is big, fruity and cheerful. It would be a crowd pleaser.