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December 20, 2017

Christmas Dinner Wine Recommendations

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 2:50 pm

turkey_ham_smallAuthor: Dirk Chan

Wow…Christmas is almost upon us, so here is our annual picks to accompany the classic turkey and/or ham dinner with all its fixings. Start your evening off with a sparkling wine,followed by whites, reds, a dessert wine and perhaps this year add a little meditation course for Amaro or Port.

Sparkling Wines

Sparkling wines are a great way to start any function whether its a greeting aperitif or to pair with appetizers. Lively and clean, these will get everyone ready for what’s to come next.


2013 Domaine Rosier Cuvee du Rosier (Languedoc-Roussillon, France) – $19.99

NV Luis Pato Bruto Vinho Espumante Rosado (Bairrada, Portugal) – $19.99

2012 Anthonij Rupert Wines L’Ormarins Blanc de Blancs (Franschoek, South Africa) – $38.99


Now if you serve Champagne, your audience will immediately know you’re here to do some serious partaking and celebrating.

NV Champagne Pierre Paillard Brut Grand Cru (Champagne, France) – $58.99

NV Comte Audoin de Dampierre Cuvée des Ambassadeurs (Champagne, France) – $72.99

NV Egly-Ouriet Grand Cru VP Extra Brut (Champagne, France) – $159.99

NV Moet & Chandon MCIII (Champagne, France) – $629.99

Whites & Pinks

Whites with a touch of sweetness is preferred because of the sweetness of some of the fixings – candied yams, cranberry sauce, and honey for the glazed ham. A completely dry white will seem more austere and void of fruit due to the sweetness of the food so I recommend Rieslings (dry or off-dry, both work), Gewurztraminers or other Germanic or Alsace varietals. Having said that, some will always go with a dry creamy Chardonnay or Chenon irregardless and that’s perfectly fine. Also, don’t forget that rosés work really well too!

2017 Hess Family Amalaya Salto Torrontes Riesling (Calchaqui, Argentina) – $16.99

2015 Erbes Urzinger Wurzgarten Riesling Spatlese (Mosel-Saar-Ruwer, Germany) – $23.99


2016 Tentenublo Rioja Blanco (Rioja, Spain) – $35.99

2010 Domaine Lucien Jacob Savigny-Vergelesses Premiere Cru (Burgundy – Cote de Beaune, France) – $49.99

2010 Donnhoff Norheimer Dellchen Riesling Trocken (Nahe, Germany) – $89.99

2015 Domaine Roux Pere & Fils Chassagne-Montrachet Les Macherelles Premier Cru (Burgundy – Cote de Beaune, France) – $124.99

2016 Domaine de Cristia Collection Rosé (Provence, France) – $21.99

2016 Agricola Tiberio Cerasuolo d’Abruzzo (Abruzzi, Italy) – $28.99


For reds, try to avoid the big oaky tannic monsters. Oak and tannins are the enemies when pairing with slightly sweet food, try for a red with lots of up-front fruit, little oak and a soft tannins like a Beaujolais (served slightly chilled) or a Pinot Noir.

2014 Cave Saint-Verny Puy de Dome Pinot Noir (Loire Valley, France) – $19.99

2015 Jean-Marc Burgaud Beaujolais Villages Les Vignes de Thulon (Beaujolais, France) – $23.99

2014 Dominique Piron Chiroubles (Beaujolais, France) – $25.99

burgaud_py 2014 Jean-Marc Burgaud Morgon Côte du Py (Beaujolais, France) – $28.99

2012 Domaine Pavelot Savigny les Beaune (Burgundy, France) – $39.99

2015 Trisaetum Pinot Noir (Willamette Valley, Oregon) – $44.99

2009 Quinta do Portal Grande Reserva (Douro, Portugal) – $49.99

1989 Château de Chaintres Saumur-Champigny (Loire Valley, France) – $71.99

2013 Keenan Cabernet Sauvignon (California – Napa Valley, United States) – $74.99

2011 Stephane Vedeau Cote-Rotie J. Boutin Bonnevaux (Rhone Valley, France) – $85.99

2010 Poderi di Luigi Einaudi Barolo Cannubi (Piedmont, Italy) – $114.99

22009 Louis Jadot Clos de Vougeot Grand Cru (Burgundy – Cote de Nuits, France) – $179.99

1995 Château Clinet (Bordeaux – Pomerol, France) – $319.99


As for dessert, remember dessert wine should be sweeter than the dessert itself.


2009 Royal Tokaji 5 Puttonyos Aszu (Hungary) – 250mL – $24.99

2014 Donnafugata Ben Ryé Passito di Pantelleria (Sicily, Italy) – 375mL -$47.99

2009 Zind-Humbrecht Clos Jebsal Vendange Tardive Pinot Gris – 375mL (Alsace, France) – $59.99

2004 Chateau d’Yquem – 375mL (Sauterne, France) – $319.99

Port & Amaro (Post Dinner)

Port is always good for the final touches of a meal, but the digestif Amaro from Italy is on fire.

Lucano 1894 Basilicata Amaro (Sicily, Italy) – $39.99

Berta Amaro (Sicily, Italy) – $66.99

1995 Barros Colheita (Douro, Portugal) – 375mL – $24.99

2011 Porto Quevedo Late Bottled Vintage Port (Douro, Portugal) – $33.99

2012 Taylor Fladgate Quinta de Vargellas Vintage Port (Douro, Portugal) – $84.99

1965 Messias Colheita (Douro, Portugal) – $214.99

1987 Niepoort Vintage Port (Douro, Portugal) – $169.99

Finally, if you are pressed for time, try out our December Mixed Case – $227.48 or our December Club 6-Pack – $177.90 where a lot of the wines would pair well with Christmas dinner.

Note our extended hours of operations leading up to Christmas and New Years.

Top of the Season to everyone!

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