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Foolproof Pairings: Wines for the Feast

Local experts pick reds and whites that work well at holiday meals.

By Hilary Meyerson December 13, 2010

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.

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