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Christmas Holiday Wines


by Mark Cochrane

It’s time to dust off that ugly Christmas sweater and get ready to enjoy the Christmas holidays. Whether you’re heading to a party, sitting down to festive feast with family and friends or simply cozying up by the fire enjoying some quiet time there’s a vast selection of wines that you can choose from. Here are a few suggestions you might want to put on the old Santa shopping list.

Rueda_web_sm2014 Herederos Del Marques de Riscal, Rueda Spain ($12.60 – LCBO 36822)

This clear straw coloured white wine from the Rueda region in Spain is made with 100% Verdejo grapes. It has floral aromas with some herbaceous notes and flavours of stone fruit with a smooth almost oily type texture that lasts through out the medium finish. Try this wine with poultry or seafood hors d’oeuvres.

Available at the Almonte LCBO or Carleton Place LCBO

RodneyStrong_PinotNoirRodney Strong Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley, California ($21.95 – (on sale) LCBO 954834)

A smooth Pinot Noir from the Russian River Valley known for this type of wine. Plum flavours, some spice and a medium to long dark fruit flavour with soft tannins in this medium bodied Pinot. This wine will pair well with a glazed ham or tourtiere.

Available at the Carleton Place LCBO or March Road LCBO in Kanata

Gran_Coronas_Cab_Sauv2011 Torres Gran Coronas Cabernet Sauvignon Reserva, Penedes Spain  ($17.95 (on sale) – LCBO 36483)

This is a great wine to bring to a party, give to the host or wrap it up as a present! An elegant dark red Cabernet Sauvignon/Tempranillo with rich flavours of plum, spice and an almost jam like finish with smooth refined tannins. Serve it with prime rib or a selection of sharp cheese.

Available at the Carleton Place LCBO or March Road LCBO in Kanata

Happy Holidays!

Mark Cochrane

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