Guest Saucedier Hilary Meyerson asked local wine shops for their favorite red and white wines to pour alongside holiday meals. Here’s what they suggested:
Patrick Anderson at The Vineyard Wine Shop likes the Vina Tondonia “Vina Cubillo” Crianza Rioja 2004 ($21.99). “It’s a spicy, full-bodied red (mostly tempranillo) with dried herbs and dark strawberry fruits that should accompany a wide variety of foods.”
For white wine drinkers, he suggests a lightly oaked chardonnay from the Burgundy region of France, the JM Boillot Bourgogne Blanc 2008 ($20.99). It’s got “a good richness and plenty of fresh minerality,” says Anderson.
Dan McCarthy, owner of McCarthy and Schiering on Queen Anne, picked a Washington wine for his holiday red recommendation. He describes the 2008 Owen Roe Yakima Valley Red ($44), a blend of cabernet sauvignon, merlot, and cabernet franc, as “a delicious Washington red with prominent red currant and berry flavor.”
He also loves the DeLille Cellars Chaleur Estate Blanc 2009 ($35), calling it: “crisp and delicious and perfect for Northwest shellfish.”
Over at Full Throttle Bottles in Georgetown, Erica Cowan is talking up the Foundry Vineyards Artisan Blend 2006 ($36). She calls it "an unbelievable blend of 33 percent merlot, 50 percent cabernet, 8.5 percent cabernet franc, and 8.5 percent petit verdot that’s full-bodied with a bit of spice and a long finish.”
For a high-value white, Cowen likes the “slightly sweet and lightly effervescent" Moscato Allegro California blend ( $11), a suitable choice for before, during, or after a meal.
Steve Springston at Pete’s Wines also went for Washington wines. He likes the full-bodied 2007 Januik Champoux vineyard Cabernet ($47) and the Buty Winery Sémillon, Sauvignon, and Muscadelle, Columbia Valley 2008 ($23), a traditional Bordeaux-inspired white blend.
PS: The (amazing, right?) table in the photo, conjured up by the Adventure School, is part of our holiday decorating story.