Ever since a repentant Ebenezer Scrooge surprised Tiny Tim and the rest of the Cratchit family with a mammoth, succulent holiday goose, Christmas dinner has been the quintessential splurge of holiday meals.
Clearly, we need the year’s best wines to go with it.
We have to match such sumptuous fare as roast beef and Yorkshire pudding, crown roast of lamb, honey-crusted, spiral-cut hams, oyster-stuffed turkey, whole roast suckling pig, massive slabs of salmon. Even vegans are trotting out their best roasted Tofurky – succulent, thyme-scented, tender.
This is the meal for which I purposefully walk down to the cellar to seek out that wonderful wine I’ve been saving all this time for this meal. The wine so good fans like to quip they couldn’t justify serving it unless they were entertaining royalty.
Here are some likely food/wine pairings:
▪ Roast beef: powerful reds such as cabernet sauvignon, merlot.
▪ Lobster pot pie: super-rich whites such as California chardonnay.
▪ Roast goose: mellower reds like syrah, zinfandel.
▪ Roast salmon: light reds like pinot noir or hearty whites like a sauvignon blanc/semillon blend.
▪ Roast pig: light reds like cabernet franc or aromatic whites like gewurztraminer.
▪ Tofurky: light whites like pinot grigio, riesling.
▪ Beef brisket, for those who celebrate Hanukkah: kosher cabernet sauvignon.
And below are some nice examples of the wines.
▪ 2012 Edmeades Zinfandel, Shamrock Vineyard, Mendocino County (84 percent zinfandel, 16 percent syrah): deep red hue, aromas and flavors of black plums and herbs, rich and hearty, soft tannins; $31.
▪ 2014 The Beach House Wines Sauvignon Blanc, Western Cape, South Africa (85 percent sauvignon blanc, 50 percent semillon): lush and rich, with aromas and flavors of ripe pineapple and citrus, hint of sweetness; $10.
▪ 2013 Morgan Winery Riesling, “Double L Vineyard,” Santa Lucia Highlands: crisp and lightly sweet, aromas and flavors of ripe peaches, limes and minerals; $22.
▪ 2012 Barons de Rothschild Haut-Medoc Kosher red Bordeaux (cabernet sauvignon, merlot): aromas and flavors of cassis, black cherries and earth, rich and hearty, ripe tannins, kosher for Passover and mevushal; $35.
▪ 2012 Arrowood Winery Chardonnay, Sonoma County: hint of toasty oak, rich and full-bodied, with flavors of butter, caramel and tropical fruit; $25.