It is a situation you inevitably run into while working in a wine boutique around the holidays. What to pair with turkey dinner? Both white and red Burgundy will see a lot of love, while Germany and Alsace shoulder a good chunk of the load too. But how about something a little different this holiday season…. How about some Rosé?
A far cry from typical, the Costaripa Molmenti Rosé ($43) is an exceptional example of the classic Italian ‘Chiaretto’ style Rosé and certainly worthy of gracing your table this holiday season. Native Italian varietals Gropello and Marzemino, grown on the sundrenched shores of Lake Garda, make up 65% of this wine with Sangiovese and Barbera grapes providing the rest. The wine is barrel fermented and aged at the winery for at least 5 months before release. This makes for a very substantial Rosé with a copper pink color and an ample, elegant nose recalling sweetly scented white flowers, berries and cherries, with subtle vanilla notes. The palate is well structured and very flavorful with fresh minerality, a hint of almonds, and a subtle but perceptible hint of tannin. For something delicious, and just a little different, with dinner this year look no further.
If it is ham rather than turkey on your table this year a lot of the classic holiday pairings; Chardonnay, Riesling, Pinot Noir, etc. will work just fine but I suggest Champagne. All too often people think of Champagne simply as a starter or as something to drink with seafood, but it can also be a great match for a variety of main courses. Champagne works wonders with foods that are salty, mildly spicy, and slightly greasy three things that I always associate with a mouthwatering baked ham. A great choice would be the Moutard Grand Cuvée Brut. It’s a fantastic value at $45 and sure to please!
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