Maybe it is a little late to be posting this list, most Christmas parties have been held- but here are a few ideas for Christmas Eve supper or Christmas dinner: Like my Thanksgiving list, these are all wines which won’t dent your plastic or your wallet.
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Christmas Eve supper: Many people like some kind of soup, stew, chowder or chili before going off to church services or sitting down around the tree. Here are a few ideas, if you like to have wine with your meal:
Cream-based soups and Chowders: Most people prefer a white wine with these and I believe that wines which contrast the buttery creaminess of the soup work best. I’d suggest a New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc (Monkey Bay or Scarborough are two good ones), a Riesling (give Colorado’s Plum Creek a try) or an unoaked Chardonnay (Layer Cake is very good, and also try Bookcliff, another Colorado wine with a unique, interesting blend of oaked and unoaked Chards). I’d avoid the heavily oaked Chardonnays like Wente or J Lohr, which although they are very good, are too “buttery” and the soup will taste “flabby’like you’ve just had a spoonful of Land o’ Lakes. If you do want a red wine with the creamy soups- Pinot Noir. All I need is love and a run maybe a cookie and wine. “Red” soups (Soups and stews with beef, pork and tomato bases, chilis) I’d recommend a red wine. Virtually any Cabernet Sauvignon is great and tries Zinfandel (Seven Deadly Zins is a worthy representative). Here is a little twist I’ve discovered: With Chili or Barbecue: A mildly sweet Riesling is a really good contrast to the spices/herbs in the food. It has the same effect as antepasta does with Italian food. Try the inexpensive Relax Riesling from Germany in the blue bottle with a silver screwcap.)
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