The perfect complement to a holiday meal is a fantastic glass of wine. If you're not an oenophile (wine expert), picking the perfect pairing can seem like a daunting task. Worry not friends, wine expert Natalie MacLean will be here all week to give us some vino tips and suggestions. Today, she's sharing her list of 5 wines that you can present to your host this holiday season. Take it away Natalie!
2008 Robert Mondavi Chardonnay Reserve, Napa Valley, California
Beautifully structured and rich with layers of green apple and pear and peach. $46.95. Score: 91/100.
2008 Trapiche Malbec Jorge Miralles Single Vineyard, La Consulta, Mendoza, Argentina
Juicy and concentrated with black fruit and smoke. Dried herbs and a savoury note on the finish. Well-structured. $39.95. Score: 90/100.
2009 D'arenberg Cabernet Sauvignon The High Trellis, Mclaren Vale, South Australia
Grippy and tannic but delicious. Decant 2 hours. Blackberry and plums. Full-bodied. Needs a big steak. $19.95. Score: 89/100.
2010 Casa Lapostolle Cabernet Sauvignon Cuvée Alexandre, Colchagua Valley, Chile
Very dry and savoury with dried herbs and cassis. Lovely elegance with a long finish. Very well-structured. Decant 2 hours. A dinner party wine. Pair with: veal tenderloin with a red-wine sauce. $24.95. Score: 90/100.
2009 Le Clos Jordanne Pinot Noir Talon Ridge Vineyard, V.Q.A., Niagara Peninsula, Ontario
Tastes mature already with dried herbs and black cherry. Mouth-watering and most full-bodied but super smooth. Pair with: grilled lamb, rosemary-herbed roast beef cooked rare. $40.00. Score: 90/100.
Written by Natalie MacLean. For more of Natalie’s wine picks and pairings, visit www.nataliemaclean.com.
Giveaway: We have a copy of Natalie's latest book, Unquenchable: A Tipsy Quest for the World's Best Bargain Wines to give away. To be the lucky recipient, email firstname.lastname@example.org with the correct answer to the following question: Which one of Natalie's 5 wine picks does she suggest you pair with a "big steak?" Don't forget to add your mailing address and phone number to your email submission for courier purposes. Also, please add "Unquenchable Giveaway" to your subject line. See giveaway rules.
Posted: Mon, Dec 12 2011
by Nadine Anglin
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