I am wrapping up my series on holiday wine values with a few white wines that are readily available and affordably priced. These wines are bottles that should be easy to pick up in a hurry and pleasing to your holiday crowds.
My first pick is a great Dry Riesling from Cupcake Vineyards. The 2010 Dry Riesling comes from the Columbia Valley of Washington and has an aromatic nose of sweet peaches and pineapple. The palate has tastes of lime, orange, and peach with a tangy, dry finish. A perfect wine to pair with poached pears or a smoked ham and nicely priced at around $13. (this wine was sent to me as a sample)
My second pick is Bogle 2010 Sauvignon Blanc. A grassy nose with touches of citrus that follow into a palate of pineapple and pear. Crisp acidity and a price of around $9 makes this a great holiday find. Pair with a warm goat cheese dip or pan roasted tuna and puffed fried shrimp (if you do a traditional Italian Christmas “Feast of the Seven Fishes” like my family).
My last white wine pick is a Gruner Veltliner from Biokult. This wine is a little harder to find but I know you can pick it up at a lot of Whole Foods. It’s also a nice bottle if you want to introduce your guests to a new varietal. On the nose there are notes of citrus, grass, and ginger. The wine tastes of citrus with lively acidity and a hint of white pepper on the finish. It pairs well with potato latkes at Hanukkah or a Christmas ham and retails for around $12.
Hope you guys enjoyed my holiday picks. Next up, some recommendations for the wine lovers on your Christmas lists.