Sip Like a Sommelier this Holiday Season

From blog.ice.edu by Caitlin Gunther
Sip Like a Sommelier this Holiday Season

 

By Richard Vayda — Director of Wine & Beverage Studies

 

To ensure that you make the best “pour” decisions this holiday season, I’ve put together a list of picks that will fit any festive feast. Below are my recommendations, choices that are built on conventional wine wisdom but vary depending on your personal preference.

 

The recommended wine for Thanksgiving turkey seems to always be Beaujolais, a wine region in eastern France. Like liquid cranberry sauce, wines from Beaujolais exhibit tart strawberry and other fruity notes — plus the acidity balances with rich sauces that often accompany our sacred bird. Instead of buying a simple Beaujolais, why not try a Cru Beaujolais (“Cru” meaning a vineyard or group of vineyards of recognized quality) from one of the northern villages of the region, such as Broilly or Juliénas.

 

Recommended:

  • Michel Tête Domaine du Clos du Fief Cuvée Tradition, Juliénas, France

Recommended Wines

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