A Passport For Your Palate: Wines For The Holidays From Around The World
Even if you aren’t physically traveling that doesn’t mean that your taste buds can’t go on a wine adventure. There are some delicious wines made around the world that are perfect for the holiday season.
Here are some of my picks for your palate passport. Most of the selections are under $15 dollars except for a few. Get your sip on!
Everyone knows that California produces some of the best wine in the United States, but what about Oregon and New York? Those are two wine regions that might surprise you.
This sustainable wine from the Central Coast is off the hook. It would be fabulous with turkey, stuffing, and sweet potatoes. Though a honey baked ham or slow cooked veggie dish would be perfect as well. This woman owned winery has it going on.
Château Frank Célèbre
This delicious Crémant comes from the Finger Lake region in New York. It has flirty aromas of honey, apple, and spice. This 100% Riesling sparkling wine will make you feel like you are sipping an expensive bottle of bubbles. It’s also so affordable that you can get about four bottles versus one bottle of champagne.
Naked Winery Dominatrix Pinot Noir
It’s safe to say that this will add a bit of naughty to your nice this season. A delicious and intense red wine from Oregon with aromas of dark cherry and leather. The kind of wine that is pairs perfectly with holiday dishes.
Most people know that France is famous for it’s delicious wine. So many wine region that will make you say “oh la la”. Then there is Italy which makes some of the most delicious and food-friendly wines on the market. That is not to say that you should sleep on Greece, who definitely hold their own when it comes to wine.
Veuve Ambal Bourgogne Mousseux Rogue
This winery makes amazing sparkling wine at an affordable price. What a special sparkling red burgundy made with Gamay and Pinot Noir grapes. It’s a wine that I love recommending. Think cherries, wild berries, and caramel. This is one that pairs great with dessert, but also pair it with something savory. Trust me.
La Vieille Ferme Rouge
A delightful table red wine that is very food-friendly. It will pair with a variety of meals and is perfect for sipping while hanging out with friends. It’s a good one to have around for entertaining and to get your through the winter months.
Vilarnau Brut Reserva
When you have champagne dreams, but a tight budget, get your cava on. This Vilarnau Brut is wonderful for a day of sipping on any holiday. Spain’s answer to champagne will leave you a happy camper.
Donnafugata Sursur Grillo
A light crisp yet elegant white wine from Sicily that would a great as an aperitif or paired with cheeses. Use this wine as a kick off to your festivities, though I say it would great with meals as well.
Perlage Sgajo Prosecco
This extra dry Prosecco is perfect for those into clean living, because it’s organic, sustainable, and vegan. It’s a light sparkling wine made with 100% Glera grapes. Once this wine opens up a bit it’s absolutely delightful.
Domaine Porto Carras Malagouzia
Give it up for this Greek goodness. A solid fruity white wine that will make any white wine drinker happy. I got up close and personal with this winery at a dinner in NYC and loved their wines. The wine is clean and crisp, ‘tis the season.
The wines from Argentina and Chile will make you smile, oh yes they will. The best part is they won’t hurt your pocket. Make sure that you give some attention to wines from these regions,
Baron B. Brut Rosé
I had the pleasure of having this wine while I was in Argentina. I immediately feel in love with it. The bad news is that it will be hard to find in the USA. The good news is that Baron B is a Chandon company so grab a bottle of Chandon Brut Rosé if you can’t find it.
Casa Silva Carmenere
The Carmenere grape has origins in France but is now mainly found in Chile. The red fruit and violet aromas in the wine make is simply divine. This one can be paired with pretty much whatever you want.
South Africa is making producing some beautiful wines. They have very interesting grape varietals. There are many wine competitions held in the country to make sure the quality of wine is held to a high standard.
Sounds like Pinot Noir, but taste more like Shiraz is how Pinotage rolls. It’s a medium bodied juicy wine with notes of red fruits, coffee, and chocolate. It will please all of your guests into red wine. South Africa is known for their elegant Pinotage wines.
You may think of this continent when you go to the wine store. However, there are many gems coming from this area. When was the last time you got up close and personal with an Israeli wine? Long story short, there’s more than just Manischewitz.
Domaine du Castel “C”Blanc du Castel
A lovely Chardonnay wine produced in the Judean Hills. This is a fine choice for your white wine needs during the season. It’s not to buttery like a lot of Chardonnays tend to be. You might not believe that it doesn’t come from Cali. This wine will surprise you.