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Christmas Special 2013

December 19, 2013 - Norman Bentley

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.

Roasted or Baked Turkey - Riesling or Chardonnay

Baked Ham - Rose or light Pinot Noir, or Chardonnay

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, as well as their scores, which I would recommend as good choices for the holidays.

2011 Robert Mondavi Napa Chardonnay - 90

2010 Waterstone Napa Valley Merlot - 90

2011 Rodney Strong Charlotte's Home Sauvignon Blanc - 91

2010 Bodega Norton Malbec Reserva - 93

2011 Ferrari-Carano Sonoma Chardonnay - 91

2011 King Estate Oregon Pinot Gris - 91

2010 Los Vacos Grande Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon - 92

2010 Dry Creek Fume Blanc -91

2009 Villa Antinori Toscana - 91

2011 Rodney Strong Knotty Vines Zinfandel - 94

This year's Wild Card selection is the 2011 La Crema Russian River Pinot Noir, which is scored a 91+ by Robert Parker's "The Wine Advocate". It would be a great choice for prime rib, which will be the Christmas dinner at the Bentley house this year.

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

Merry Christmas - Norm's Score - 100!


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