Dean and Deluca’s Seasonal Holiday Six-Pack – Just in Time for the Holidays!Nov 18th, 2011 | By Clout and About | Category: Food & Wine, Sommelier
Now that the holiday rush is upon us – both the joys and stresses – it’s time to seek an easy, playful and efficient way to gift and celebrate this season. Cue lauded wine director Kerrin Laz of Dean & Deluca, who not only offers expert pairing tips for the season on her new “Your California Wine Source” website (www.deandeluca.com/wine), but has taken all the guess work out of the equation with the ingenious Seasonal Holiday Six-Pack!
This “one stop shop” will take you straight through Christmas, Hanukkah and New Years – whether you’re hosting a holiday dinner, seeking the perfect host(ess) gift for a holiday soirée, or are simply excited to play around in the kitchen with seasonal flavors – Laz has got your wine needs covered. At $139, the Seasonal Holiday Six-Pack affords you with two wine choices for each of the three upcoming holidays. Details follow:
Christmas Wine 1: For those epic Christmas meals where a gorgeous, glossy ham is the star of the show, Straight Line Tempranillo 2009 ($27) is the way to go. This lush drinking Tempranillo from California reveals deep, vibrant red fruits that will complement the ham on your Christmas day table.
Christmas Wine 2: A more seafood-centric celebration calls for the Y Rousseau Old Vines Colombard 2010 ($20). Whether you’re planning to serve fish or shellfish, this versatile Old Vines Colombard from the Russian River Valley will hold up to all seafood. Balanced with citrus notes, it is one of the most food-friendly whites you will find coming out of California.
Hanukkah Wine 1: Not only is the crisp, bright Red C Sauvignon Blanc 2010 ($22) great with an array of Hanukkah far; it is also kosher! A second label to Covenant Wines, this Dry Creek Valley ’10 reveals citrus and lemongrass notes on the palate with a clean finish.
Hanukkah Wine 2: Follow that with the Red C Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 ($44) to take you through the Hanukkah meal. This softer, more approachable sister Cab to the full-bodied Covenant label will stand up to the richest of flavors at your Hanukkah table. Deep black cherry and cocoa fill the glass and glide onto the palate with a smooth finish. The best part is, this ’09 tastes more expensive than the price and it doesn’t have to be decanted for hours before enjoying!
New Year’s Wine 1: One of the most consistently made Sparkling wines, the Schramsberg Mirabelle Brut NV ($26) is the perfect choice for toasting the new year.
New Year’s Wine 2: A second celebratory pour is the Zacherle Rose of Syrah Sparkling Wine ($35). This new offering from Zacherle takes the Syrah grape to a new, refreshing level. Sourced from two vineyards in the Russian River Valley, this off-dry bubbly drinks well on its own and will marry well with your appetizers, oysters and charcuterie.
Happy Thanksgiving and Happy Holidays!