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Choosing The Perfect Holiday Wine

Oh my God, it’s nearly Christmas and I have guests coming, one is a real wine connoisseur and if I don’t have JUST the right wine, I know I’ll never hear the end about it.

Exactly what wine do I serve with turkey; I haven’t a clue, not to mention the ham, or an after dinner wine. Should I stick with my ancient standby Pinot, or break out the Chardonnay? Wait, he’ll just reckon that’s run of the mill, I know I’ll open a bottle of Gruner Veltliner, surely that will impress him.

While you may not have had exactly these thoughts, if you plot on serving wine with dinner, the choices sometimes can be daunting, but the answer is rather simple, go for the middle road. If you’ll plotting on serving a sumptuous feast, then set out some white and red wine, so your guests will have a choice. If you’re interested in going a step further, then a specific wine that compliments your entrees would be a wise choice.

In the dark still? Don’t worry, I’ll offer a few suggestions that will get the juices flowing, or the bubbly sparkling. Since these are the holidays and most of us are in a festive mode, Champagne is an brilliant choice to serve with appetizers like mixed nuts, cheeses or salty snacks.

FACTOID: La Méthode Champenoise, is the original way of making Champagne and is more than 260 years ancient. Champagne, the wine that sparkles, can be served at the beginning of a meal, or at any time, it is very versatile.

Hopefully you’ll be among friends over the holiday, if so a bit of experimentation might be the perfect answer. As you shop the wine stores, many will offer tasting and advice, “listen and heed well oh student”, for these shop keepers are more than likely connoisseurs themselves and want you to come back, don’t be worried to tell them your budget.

How much wine will you (and hopefully your guests) consume over the holiday season? If more than a bottle or two, consider buying by the case you’ll find discounts from 10 to 15 percent, and that can add up. Too much wine for your budget? Talk to family, friends and neighbors, maybe the costs can be shared, lowering everyone’s (per bottle) expense.

Since this article is about wine and food for the holidays, when you shop, look for food friendly wines. There are many that suit the bill (just question) some excellent choices might be:

Riesling and Sauvignon Blanc
Beaujolais from France,
Pinot Noir,
Chianti from Italy,
and Rioja from Spain

Now then… how much wine is Uncle Joe going to drink? We don’t want him teetering, so plot on about two glasses per guest with the ratio being approximately (and tailor to your taste and budget) 60 percent white and 40 percent red.

When all is said and done and the guests are out the door, or snoring quietly (we hope) in their rooms, just push the cork back into the bottle and place the bottle in the fridge. Plot on consuming it over the next 3 to 5 days and you’ll be in excellent spirits (ah, I mean shape).

Have a fantastic time, a excellent meal, and remember not to drink and drive.

June is a writer and internet marketer. Her background is comedy and she includes that in her articles. June’s site wealthhealthsuccess.com Wealth Health and Success was made to help you achieve just that. She also contributes to mind-mastery.net Mind Mastery a fascinating journey designed to awaken your potential and find-read-learn.com/articledetail/Food-and-Drink/articlelist/31/103/Wine-Spirits/1/ Find-Read-Learn – Share – Read – Learn – Learn
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