Wines That Will Grace My Table This Year

December 24, 2018 § Leave a comment

Every Christmas I run into the same problem. Not enough money to buy all the wines that I want and the tough choices that ensue.

This year is no different. Coming off a November to remember that had the effect of exhausting any financial stores we had for Christmas, I found myself in the aisles looking for steals.

Typically this is the wrong time of year to look for steals. This is the time of year I go back to tried and true deals. Nonetheless here are a couple of steals as you run out to do the last minute wine buys.

Alta-Maria-Pinot-NoirFirst is a BC Liquor Store exclusive, thus you won’t find it in private liquor stores. What is weird is I couldn’t even find in the back end of the LDB pricing structure. Clearly they don’t want the trade to know anything about it. Anyway it is a killer Santa Barbara grown Pinot Noir called Alta Maria priced at $14.99.

Originally this was priced at $21.99, although I suspect this was originally priced with the idea of dropping the price by $7 for December, this wine is featured in the LDB’s radio ads (I hate hate hate them for so many reasons).

Very plush, loads of ripe cherry, berry and floral flavours upon first sip, but just wait, if blossoms into an unctuous explosion of silky seduction. The nose has classic cherry cola notes but doesn’t give a hint to the wondrousness that abounds on the palate.

Pinot Noir is also one of the classic pairings for Roast Turkey, and it would likely work with Tortiere, and Ham.

This is definitely a buy, in fact do what I did and buy at least 12. Your January will be demonstrably better.

Next is a wine that I discovered way back at the beginning of December. I was in the Italian aisle (a default for me) and wanted something rich and relaxing. Something that would smooth out the edges that were ever sharpening at the time. I also needed it to be under $15 (parking fees at Royal Jubilee Hospital really ate into my wine budget).

download (4)I chose the Passimento Veneto IGT. On sale to $13.99 for December it also has a really cool label. If you have ever been to Verona Italy or heard of Juliet’s wall you will recognize it right away. If you haven’t here is a link: Juliets Wall Verona.

Anyway, let this wine breathe and it will provide millions of dollars of value and dreams of a bright future. It sports lots of savoury richness, dried and fresh fruits, spices, earthy-ness and, truly mesmerizing savoury herbs of lavender and rosemary.

If you listen to the show, this was my pick of the week a few weeks back. Since then I have purchased at least a dozen bottles, including those that will be on my Christmas dinner table.

This wine will be absolutely delicious with Turkey dinner that has savoury spices abound. I’m so looking forward to this. My wife makes a killer, well balanced gravy from the Turkey drippings that will be awesome with this.

Both of these wines are great last minute steals for anyone and not just those of us where frugality is the rule. In fact if you can swing it I highly recommend getting a case of each as your January will be much better for it and both will help heal those aching muscles as you keep your New Year’s fitness resolution for at least a couple of weeks.

If you have any questions or comments, please let me know and I will do my damndest to answer the,

Cheers & Merry Christmas.

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