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The Best Wine Choices For Christmas Dinner

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Yes, it is that time of year … Christmas is on our doorsteps and time has come to choose the best wines to drink and offer as gifts for Christmas. However, finding the most appropriate red, white or rosé is not the easiest undertaking considering the growing number of options.

If you need to give wine as a Christmas gift, you might want to take into consideration the personality of the person, and, obviously, their tastes and preferences. You could opt for a specific DO (Denomination de Origen), as your loved one could have a personal relationship with a region or as a way to remember a shared memory. It is also a possibility to let someone discover your own homeland through its terroir.

If you know the person well, don’t hesitate to be daring and score wine cellars for unusual combinations, exotic locations or audacious looks. On the other hand, if you want to impress your family-in-law, you might want to invest in a classic from a traditional country. 

Pairing Wines for Christmas Dinner

If in addition to wine as a gift, you need something that goes with dinner. Once you have a clear menu in mind, you can start looking for the appropriate wines to serve with the dishes. However, you may be wondering what type of wine to drink with fish dishes, or how to wine with lamb the best.

The key to pairing wine with dishes lies in the type of grape. The varietals will guide you through choosing one type of wine or another. The red wines are traditionally associated with the meat and the main dish. For instance, the Cabernet Sauvignon is ideal to accompany heavier dishes rich in fat and umami while the Merlot is softer and nicely complements traditional Italian cuisine like pasta or lasagna. You can also choose wines with several varietals to enjoy a richer and more complex experience. 

On the other hand, sparklings and white wines are often drunk with seafood and fish. Indeed, Cavas and Proseccos have a light, cheerful and fruity character which are infallible. You can also choose mineral white wines, which tend to be fruity, fresh and with a good acidity. Here again, the varietals’ features will help you make the best choice. For example, Chardonnay grapes are wide, versatile and refreshing whereas Riesling is aromatic, delicate, and expressive.

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Terras de Alleu 2013, a red wine from the Douro Region that contains Tinta Roriz, Touriga Nacional and Touriga Franca.

 

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José Pariente Verdejo 2016, a white wine with the best Verdejo grapes from the 2016 vintage.

 

Good, nice, cheap and white

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The new year has brought with it very promising white wines. Today we want to share with you the major novelties which, with its vintage 2014, are coming with great force.They will not let you down!

El Perro Verde 2014

El Perro Verde is a wine as original as its label. Made from 100% Verdejo grape, is a wine with good structure and a long, pleasant aftertaste. Perfect for those who like white wines with more travel and… irreverent wines. 

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From the Bodegas Félix Lorenzo Cachazo cellar (Rueda) we received a El Perro Verde 2014.

 

 

Jean Leon 3055 Chardonnay 2014

Jean Leon 3055 Chardonnay 2014 has been made from 2014 chardonnay strains. You’ll enjoy it with light dishes such as rice salad with pineapple and shrimp; natural clams or razor clams; or with a soft risotto with mushrooms and green asparagus.

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Jean Leon 3055 Chardonnay 2014 is a white wine with DO Penedes made with chardonnay of 2014.

 

 

Marqués de Riscal Sauvignon Blanc 2014

Herederos del Marqués de Riscal elaborates this Marqués de Riscal Sauvignon Blanc 2014. It is a white from the DO Rueda, based on sauvignon and sauvignon blanc strains 2014. Great for pairing with soups and paellas.

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Herederos del Marqués de Riscal is the maker of this Marqués de Riscal Sauvignon Blanc 2014.

 

 

Montes Sauvignon Blanc Reserva Casablanca Valley 2014

Montes Sauvignon Blanc Reserva Casablanca Valley 2014 is a fresh, youthful, fruity wine… A lovely wine from Chile’s Casablanca Valley region.

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Montes Sauvignon Blanc Reserva Casablanca Valley 2014 is a s a white wine with DO Casablanca Valley from the Montes cellar made with sauvignon Blanc of 2014.

 

Enate Chardonnay 234 2014

Enate Chardonnay 234 2014 is a white wine that will delight those who prefer greasy and complex white wines. Its aroma has notes of green apple, fennel, exotic fruits and peach. Ideal for fish and seafood.

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Enate Chardonnay 234 2014 is a a white wine with Somontano DO.

 

 

 

Afortunado 2014

Afortunado 2014 is a vivacious and citric wine that teams up well with white meats and rice. It also has a very original label that worth it to get one of these bottles, right?

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Afortunado 2014: of Viñedos Singulares cellar: a white wine from Rueda DO with the best bunches of verdejo from the 2014 vintage and 13º of alcohol.

 

 

Villa Maria Private Bin Sauvignon Blanc 2014

The cellars Villa Maria are responsible for this Villa Maria Private Bin Sauvignon Blanc 2014, a white wine from DO Marlborough based on sauvignon blanc and pinot gris. In nose, dominate notes of passion fruit, melon and honeysuckle, and in mouth is smooth and pleasant. A safe bet.

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Villa Maria is the maker of this Villa Maria Private Bin Sauvignon Blanc 2014.

 

 

 

Infraganti 2014

With such a suggestive name, Infraganti 2014 can not be overlooked in any way. This cool and jovial Verdejo will remind you of white flowers and ripe fruit.

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Miravinos is the maker of this Infraganti 2014, a white wine from Rueda with a blend based on verdejo of 2014

 

 

Mestizaje Blanco 2014

Mestizaje Blanco 2014 is made from Merseguera grape, a Valencian native variety which Bodegas Mustiguillo has harvested from organic farming. It is a fresh and sweet wine with a long finish that will leave you a nice mouthfeel.

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Mestizaje Blanco 2014

 

 

 

Castell Raimat Chardonnay 2014

With intense aromas of tropical fruits and other more subtle, such as pineapple or melon, it is a balanced wine that brings a refreshing acidity. Pair it with a salad, seafood and white meats and you will savor it more and better.

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Castell Raimat Chardonnay 2014: a white wine from Costers del Segre DO of Raimat cellar with the best bunches of chardonnay from the 2014 vintage.

 

 

Viñas del Vero Chardonnay Collección 2014

Viñas del Vero Chardonnay Collección 2014 is a wine made in the DO Somontano through a process of cold maceration of freshly harvested grapes. This means that it is a distinctive wine with very good national references in previous vintages.

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From the Viñas del Vero cellar we received Viñas del Vero Chardonnay Colección 2014.

 

 

Parvus White 2014

Parvus White 2014 is an organic crop wine from DO Alella, made from chardonnay. The palate is fruity, greasy and oily, so it will go very well fish, both grilled and breaded.

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Parvus Blanco 2014 is a white wine from the Alta Alella winery.

 

 

 

Viña Esmeralda 2014

Viña Esmeralda is probably one of the most famous wines from this list, and it’s a safe bet especially to enjoy with a relaxed meal with friends. If you’ve tried it, you will surely repeat this year. And if you have not, you will surely do it next year.

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Viña Esmeralda 2014

 

 

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White grapes’ aromas

Classic questions in those who approach to the world of wine tasting are on the aromas. How does this wine smell? What should you smell? The smell of one thing or another, is it good or bad?
White Wine GlassIf you’ve ever seen in movies the classic sketch in which an expert is able to reveal the vintage, type of grape, the origin, the make and even if the keeper of the wine cellar had cached a cold in October, you cannot help feeling frustrated, when then you go and smell a wine and you?re not able to identify any does things. However, it is normal at first not to know how does the wine you taste exactly smells. 

In my case, the transition has been far more natural than that. I tasted a wine, and if I liked it I would look at the label and tried to remember the name. Later, what type of grape was? In varietal wines, went gradually finding matches between a Chardonnay, for example, and a different grape. So I learned the aromas given off by each grape.
I could not name the aromas, but I knew the difference between a Macabeo and Riesling.
I always recommend start on tasting white wine, because the range of aromas are much different between each other (floral, fruit, herbs, honey ,…) than red wines, which can also include aromas of barrel aging .

Finally, in a tasting course they gave me the proper names for the impressions perceived. And so I began to be considered as an assessor, but I like to think I’m just a wine lover.
“Do grapes smell different? Yes, as you know a cherry tomato is different form a pear tomato. But if you make a gazpacho mixing these two varieties, it would be difficult to distinguish them. So If you’re interested in learning how to taste wines start with varietals in order to recognize each grape individually.

The smell of one thing or another, is it good or bad? Depends on whether you like the scent or not. There are very faithful to the generic flavor of the grape wines, because the grape winery that wants to take his best, but some wineries (or winemakers) make completely different wines, in which you can hardly recognize the grapes, because they want to emphasize that their vineyards are unique and different, or are able to obtain new flavors in this variety. Everything is ok if you like the result.
What should a white wine smell like? Who knows. Throughout history a standard of aromas have been established, which are the aromas that are usually present in each type of grape. But it is not the same a Gewürztraminer grown in La Mancha than in Austria.Even with a particular wine, as the vineyard ages or external factors change (global warming, new pressing and lift, winemakers contributions), the resulting wine might have change its aromas.
Finally, we must consider that it will not smell the same when wine grapes are collected green, from those collected mellow. It is Logical, right?

Albariño GrapesThe standard of white grapes are more or less, the following:

? Chardonnay: Green apple, lemon, grapefruit, pineapple, melon, banana, …
? Riesling: Green apple, citrus, quince, smoked, spicy, petroleum, …
? Gewürztraminer: rose, gardenia, lychee, mango, peach, …
? Macabeo / Viura: green fruit, apple, white flowers, wine, …
Muscat: There are as many varieties of Muscat as aromas. Also, when it comes to wine varietal it overripe grapes are often used: candied fruits, honey, dried rose petals, orange blossom, peaches in syrup, …
Sauvignon Blanc: ripe fruit, smoke, asparagus, green pepper, passion fruit, …
Albariño: golden apple, honey, apricot, floral, …
Airen: banana, pineapple, hay, barley, lavender, …
Malmsey: white fruit, lemon, peach, plum, …
Palomino: Lima, bitter almonds, aniseed, salt, balsamic, …
Verdejo: White fruit, green grass, mango, melon, fennel, …
Can a wine made from these grapes smell like something else? Yes, of course. Additionally, the name of the aroma must be named after whatever that aroma reminds you. In some tasting notes can be read: aromas “dew of a morning in October,” “recently changed sheets”, “red apple cut in two”,? bakery working full time “,… seem absurd, but if you read carefully that would bring up to your mind some aroma.
How do we know if a wine that smells like apple is a Chardonnay, Riesling, Macabeo, Albariño or any other grape? Well, the aromas are not exclusive. The same wine has several flavors at once, so try to identify other aromas in the glass to help you to decide. More than a recommendation it is an obligation for those who like wine: try, try, try and try …