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Romantic Christmas Rosé , food pairings and gratinée

  lindakissam (Dec 16, 2015 2:12:12 AM) Expert Gourmet&Travel
Expert Gourmet&Travel
‎16-12-2015 02:12 AM

The Basic Food Groups of Christmas


Turkey is an easy food to pair with.  It makes friends with just about any lighter wine – from Rosés to Pinot. The Rosé’s and whites (like Sauvignon Blanc) go well with the white meat, but if you like the dark meat which can be a bit gamey in taste, pair it with a wine that has more body like a Pinot.


Ham, another Christmas favorite walks the line between red and white meat, making it an excellent candidate for a good pairing with a Rosé. A quality Rosé is a great wine to pair with tricky foods because it is light and not overpowering.  It shakes hands with it’s dining companions, instead of shouting throughout the meal for attention.


And finally Rosé is killer with pumpkin and pecan pie.  Yup.  Some things just have to be tasted to understand how the chemistry all works.  The key here is choosing a premium dry Rosé.


The Wines


Coppola Winery’s Sofia Rosé (About $14) from Monterey County will remind you of the popular dry Rosés served in France.  Quite a bit of care and thought went into this wine. According to the winemaker, “We typically harvest the grapes for our Sofia Rosé at a lower brix to ensure we get a light wine that pairs elegantly with food. For color extractions, the grapes are cold-soaked for 48 hours before the juice is separated from the skins.”  Basically this means you get a nice dry wine that plays well with many foods both summer and winter.  Expect fresh strawberries up front with a hint of lavender leading to juicy flavors of cherry, raspberry, citrus peel ending with a delightful kiss of spice on the finish. Available at most wine shops, there’s nothing stopping you from serving this wine.





Coppola’s Director’s Pinot Noir (About $20) is a grand second choice or second offering for your holiday table.  Winemaker Corey Beck explains it backstory, “Our Diamond Collection Pinot Noir is sourced from a vineyard just east of the Santa Lucia Highlands in Monterey Country. This vineyard was originally planted with Merlot vines – however, after a few years of working with it, we realized its Bay-influenced cool temperatures and abundant afternoon sunshine created potential for producing great Pinot Noir. This inspired our first pre-plant contract with the grower in preparation for the wine’s introduction in 2001, well before the rise of Pinot Noir popularity. This long-standing relationship allows us to deliver exceptional Pinot Noir from a prime growing region.”  This wine offers a sensual experience of raspberries and cherries with a hint of soft rose petals.  As you swirl and sip, see if you can catch the orange peel and tea leaf properties with a hint of oak and vanilla. Overall an excellent wine with the flavors and spices present on Christmas Day.



The Recipe


Easiest Christmas Recipe Ever
Artichoke & Roasted Red Pepper Gratinée

1 cup Sour Cream

2 cups Whipped Cream Cheese

1 cup Shredded Parmesan

1 cup Artichoke hearts, chopped

½ cup Roasted Red Pepper, chopped

½ cup Green onions, sliced

¼ cup Garlic, chopped

2 tsp Salt

2 Tsp Black Pepper

Mix it all together and serve with red or green tortilla chips.

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