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Holiday Party Wines

Holiday Party Wines

The holiday music is on repeat, the shops are twice as crowded, and the invitation have rolled in. Chances are you may have gotten invited to a holiday celebration or two this coming week. Well, there is no better time than to bring the ultimate gift or liquid companion to add some holiday cheer. Below find some great wines to pair with appetizers, meals, or to just give as a gift. And if you need an accompanying dish to bring along, this recipe is a quick and easy crowd-pleasing snack or it even makes a great gift. Enjoy!

Truffled Popcorn


  • 1 cup popping corn
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/3 cup pecorino cheese, freshly grated
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons truffle salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons rosemary, minced


  1. Pop the popping corn. In a bowl, toss with the melted butter, pecorino cheese, truffle salt and rosemary.


Domaine Laroche – Les Beauroys 2012
France – Burgundy – Chablis – 1er Cru – White

90 Points
Very coherent, with a very long juicy acidity. Very fine persistence, all the way fresh and mineral, even if the fruit is present, very delicious. Good extract, nice and salivating finish. Pure and fine in a very gastronomic style.”

Cellers San Rafel – Solpost - Fresc 2009
Spain – Montsant – Cabernet Sauvignon – Grenache – Merlot – Red
91 Points
“Really broad palate here, full bodied, still with a tannic presence and dried fruity flavours, spicy elements like anise seed and liquorice. It certainly has length and a lot of power in there and I think it has just reached a good level of maturity, where the fruit is starting to settle.

Palmer & Co – Blanc de Noirs NV
France – Champagne – White
89 Points
I really like this one, it is a nice illustration on how you can combine ripeness with freshness. A certain amount of elegance as well. Something I would be happily drinking.”

Chateau La Verrière – Sauvignon Blanc 2014
France – Bordeaux – Bordeaux – White
85 Points
Well-balanced, with that youthful crisp fruit, gooseberry, red currant, some leafy herbal notes on the finish, ripe acidity, and a medium-long finish.”

Eugenio Collavini – Pignolo 2006
Italy – Friuli – Venezia Giulia – Friuli Colli Orientali – Red
90 Points
The wine is dry but I would call the fruit rather sweet, like vanilla-infused sweet plum, with some red berry notes. Oak is finely integrated, but it’s still slightly noticeable in the background. Some tobacco as well. There’s a good deal of complexity here but it needs some air, it needs some time to open up.

Amphorae – Makura 2008
Israel – Galilee – Cabernet Sauvignon – Merlot – Syrah – Red

89 Points
“Long lasting finish, with that hint of complexity that the wine is starting to obtain. It is actually coming through there, multi-layered, and spiced. A fine example still with a good potential for the cellar, but perfectly drinkable today.”

Gerard Bertrand – Aigle Royal 2013
France – Languedoc/Roussillon – Limoux – White
89 Points
Attractive palate, quite Burgundy-like, as it has this very nice mouthwatering freshness. Good bite, good grip; acidity is very fresh, and balances those ripe stone fruity notes.”