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Wine Suggestions For Your Christmas Dinner

Posted: November 21, 2006
by: Susan Anderson

A Christmas dinner from GourmetStation is a wonderful way to relieve a little stress from the busy holiday. It is one less thing to worry about and you can spend your whole evening or morning enjoying the holiday and friends instead of cooking. And with a couple of wine pairing tips it really will be a Merry Christmas! Below are the individual menu selections from this year’s Ole English Christmas Dinner, along with my wine suggestions for each Christmas dinner course.

Christmas Dinner Starters: Rosemary Boule and Creamy Tomato Basil Soup:Creamtomatobasil_3

Pighin Pinot Grigio Grave del Friuli – Pale straw gold in color with a delicate floral and white fruit aroma. The palate has a clean supple texture with peachy stone fruit flavors and the classic floral and hazelnut notes. Ends with a dry elegant finish.

Wattle Creek Sauvignon Blanc Mendocino – A pale straw hue with streaks of green. A touch of anise is noticeable, but the wine is dominated by lime and grapefruit flavors in the nose. Those flavors follow in the mouth with a satiny texture and a long dry lemon peel finish. A vibrant balanced wine.

Louis Jadot Pouilly Fuisse – A classic harmonious expression of Pouilly Fuisse showing the traditional Chardonnay fruit flavors with notes of melon and minerals, gently touched with oak and ending in a fresh, silky finish.  Clean fruit persisting to the finish.

Christmas Dinner Entrees: Beef Wellington With Demi Glace Sauce & Creamy Spinach:Beef_wellington_1

It is thought that Beef Wellington is named after Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington. Beef Wellington is a filet of beef tenderloin coated with pâté de foie gras and a duxelles of mushrooms that are then all wrapped in puff pastry. Decadence at its finest and very deserving for Christmas. Lets pick out some wine matches as special as the entrée.

King Estate Domaine Pinot Noir – 100% Pinot Noir grapes grown on the estate’s certified organic vineyards. This spicy, silky full-bodied Pinot shows a lot of class and style and many layers of flavor. As the fruit glides onto the palate, you taste a pleasing mix of blueberry, cherry, pomegranate, violet, toast and vanilla. The acids and tannins are balanced with a rich mouthfeel and a long lingering finish.

Alter Ego de Palmer Margaux – The other wine of Chateau Palmer of Bordeaux. Perfumed aromas of chocolate, berry and coffee.  Intensely fresh and fruity, juicy and irresistible.  Full-bodied with a reserved rich and caressing texture. This wine is made to be appreciated within the first few years of bottling. A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot.

Jean Luc Colombo Cornas ‘Les Ruchets’ AOCViolet in color with a bright rim.  Blackberry, rose, violet and asian spice aroma. Lush in the mouth, with concentrated plum, cassis, a delicate herbal component and a touch of vanilla. No rough edges or over ripeness. Long, rich finish. 100% Syrah from 90 plus year old wines.

After Christmas Dinner - Raspberry Cordial Cheesecake & Euro Blend Coffee:Raspberry_cc_small

To finish off your Old English Christmas dinner lets make Kir Imperials as an accompaniment to the raspberry cordial cheesecake. Pour 2/3 of an ounce of Chambord liqueur in a champagne flute and top with sparkling wine, gently stir.

Enjoy and have a wonderful holiday and we hope these suggestions help you create an unforgettable Christmas dinner!

Susan Anderson

Your Comments

I should have been rather in the event of international wine maker of the year. It has so many things one would not remain without appreciating.

Posted by: John at Jan 16, 2007 8:23:06 AM