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Norm's Tasting Notes

December 18, 2014 - Norman Bentley
Christmas Wine Special


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.

2012 Simi Sonoma Chardonnay - 90

2011 Trapche Broquel Malbec - 89

2013 Chateau Ste. Michelle Horse Heaven Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc - 92

2011 Robert Mondavi Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon - 89

2013 Wente Riva Ranch Chardonnay - 90

2012 Coppola Black Label Claret - 91

2011 Chateau Ste, Michelle Indian Wells Merlot - 90

2011 Trimbach Gewurtztraminer - 91

2011 Franciscan Estate Cabernet Sauvignon -90

2012 Root 1 Carmenere - 92

This year's Wild Card selection is the 2011 Robert Stemmler Carneros Pinot Noir, which is scored a 90 by "The Wine Spectator". It would be a great choice for Surf and Turf, 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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