A Mixed Case For The Holiday Season

At The Wine Rack

with Christopher Reckord

Thursday, December 06, 2018

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It's that time of year when wine recommendations are being requested almost daily. My responses begin with “it depends”, this is because the world of wine is so vast and I usually need to understand the wine appreciation level of the person asking the question. The following is a list of six approachable wines covering all the major wine style categories that you should have in your holiday arsenal. These are great for having by themselves or with a meal.

1 Sweet Light White Wine — Cavit Moscato or Kung Fu Girl Riesling

2 Dry Light to Medium Fruit-Driven White Wine — Farnese Fantini Pinot Grigio

3 Dry Medium to Full-Bodied White Wine — Simi Chardonnay

4 Light to Medium-Bodied Red Wine — Beringer Pinot Noir

5 Medium to Full-Bodied Red Wine — Red Diamond Merlot

6 Sparkling Wine — Mionetto Prosecco

Wines for Dinner: Save the good stuff

Christmas and Thanksgiving dinners are not the best time to bring out your finest wines as there are too many flavours on the table at once and one cannot follow any food and wine-pairing guidelines for a dinner of this nature. Furthermore, the food is usually the star of the show in any instance.

If you must attempt to do any pairing, then one of the primary factors to consider is the flavour and intensity of the food compared to the flavour and intensity of the wine. The more powerful and flavourful the food, the greater the flavour and intensity the wine will need to be in order for the pairing to remain in balance. Intensity caused by pepper is the exception: a big red wine will cause spicy peppery foods to taste much hotter. If that is your intention then it's fine; however, the ideal pairing for peppery dishes is fruity, slightly sweet wines. Don't stress over the wine rules.

Some believe that the wine should make the food taste better, while others believe that the wine should taste the way the winemaker intended and the food should taste the way the chef intended. In other words, wines should complement not dominate food. Have fun with this; drink what you like with the food you like to eat.

Christopher Reckord — Wine Enthusiast and CEO of Managed IT services provider tTech Limited. Send your questions and comments to You can also follow me on Facebook, Instagram @chrisreckord and on Twitter: @Reckord

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