Sign up for our newsletter

Wine Picks of the Week

Share
 |  1 Comment  |  Login or Register to Add Yours

December 18, 2014

The big day is just a week away, so this weekend is the best time to acquire all your provisions for Christmas dinner. Whether it's a bird (turkey, capon, duck, goose) or a roast (crown of pork, standing rib, leg of lamb), here are two "best of category" wines from our 11th annual Wine Awards that will perfectly complement your centrepiece dish as well as gourmet sides. The white is a beauty from Australia-a country that's in the throes of a wine revival. Pure, lively, and balanced, it's emblematic of the new breed of chardonnay from Oz. The red is a thoroughbred from Rioja, and its luscious, mellow flavours will wrap effortlessly around red or white meat.

 

 

Wolf Blass Gold Label Chardonnay 2013

$22.99

Australia +122697

If you think you know Wolf Blass (in particular, its Yellow Label range), think again. The Gold Label series is special, focusing entirely on wines that express place and grape. High-altitude, cool-grown fruit from Adelaide Hills in South Australia gives this sleek oaked chardonnay impressive concentration and tensile strength. Flinty like good white Burgundy, with a thick spread of lemon curd and crème brûlée flavours, it finishes long and strong in the mouth. It's gorgeously oaked, majestic in every way, and defines rich white to a tee. It should make those who say they're bored with oaked chardonnay take another look. (Note: Don't over-chill, and do serve it in a proper Burgundy stem.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Muga Rioja Reserva 2009

$29.99

Spain +49254

Primacy of fruit characterizes the wonderful 2009 vintage in Rioja, and this classy reserva combines the lusciousness of plum and red berries with a burnish of oak. Muga is a globally admired bodega established in 1932. The house style is both traditional and modern; mellowed for 18 months in French and American oak casks, the wine delightfully retains its aromatic delicacy. It's the best of both worlds for a Christmas feast. For maximum effect, open an hour ahead to let it breathe.

 

 

 

 

Recent Comments

Discussed

Loved the Hester Creek Trebbiano!! Two thumbs up!!!
Palmer Ranch Real Estate
Sarasota Golf Course Homes

by Lakewood Ranch Real Estate on Apr 26 2010 at 10:36 AM