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Christmas Special

December 14, 2012 - Norman Bentley
#45-12-PIE

First let me say MERRY CHRISTMAS & HAPPY DINING!...To make this happen you will need to make some good choices for your holiday meals. Below is a list of suggestions for which wines go best with which foods, that I put together several years ago. I hope this will help you with your holiday planning.

Grilled Steak or Beef Tenderloin - Cabernet Sauvignon

Lamb Chops or Pork Loin Chops - Merlot

Barbecued Ribs or Spaghetti - Zinfandel

Prime Rib or Roast Duck - Pinot Noir

Lobster, King Crab, Half Shell Oysters - Chardonnay

Oysters Rockefeller or Broiled Fish - Sauvignon Blanc

Shrimp Alfredo or Clams Marinara - Pinot Grigio

Baked Fish, Poached Flounder - Riesling or Pinot Grigio

Cornish Game Hens - Chardonnay or Pinot Noir

Grilled or Baked Salmon - Chardonnay, or Pinot Noir

The following is a top ten list of some of the wines that I have written about earlier this year, which I would recommend as good choices for some of the above.

2009 Francis Coppola Director's Cabernet Sauvignon - 91 score

2007 Barba Vignafranca Momtepulciano - 92 score

2010 Chateau Ste. Michelle Chardonnay - 90 score

2010 Robert Mondavi Carneros Pinot Noir - 91 score

2009 Marques de Casa Concha Cabernet Sauvignon - 92 score

2009 Edna Valley Paragon Chardonnay - 90 score

2006 Three Sisters Cabernet Franc - 93 score

2005 Sargrantino di Montefalco Collepiano - 93 score

2010 Dry Creek Fume Blanc - 91 score

2009 Beringer Knights Valley Cabernet Sauvignon - 93 score

This year's Wild Card selection would be any vintage you can find of Rodney Strong Russian River Chardonnay, which would be the pick from the "Chardonnay Queen" to accompany her famous "Christmas Eve Seafood Salad".

Whatever special dinner or wine you enjoy this year, I hope you have a:

Merry Christmas - Norm's Score - 100 !

Norm

WINE - God's proof of his love for humanity

 
 

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