Christmas Open Thread

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Merry Christmas to all our readers!

To me, Christmas has always seemed a bit less confusing than other holidays for the at-home sommelier. Unlike Thanksgiving, where you sit down to ten courses and 10,000 calories all at once, it’s a great day to spread the drinking around — Champagne in the early afternoon, maybe a nice white wine or light red after that, and then a couple of big reds with dinner (especially if, like me, you’re sitting down to a standing rib roast).

So what’s on your holiday menu this year? An aged Bordeaux? A 2008 Napa Cab? Maybe something from Israel’s “Grapes of Galilee” winery?

Let us know in the comments!

Comments (8)

  1. Last night, my brother and I had a 2004 Bugay Cabernet with Grandma Schrum’s recipe for surprise meatballs. Still a bit young; definitely worth decanting.

    Tonight, we’ll actually be reprising Thanksgiving dinner with turkey and all the fixings. We’ll pair it with a 2005 J Vineyards Pinot from Nicole’s Block Vineyard. I’m very excited to try it.

    And tomorrow, at the Bears-Jets game, I’ll be drinking Budweiser. Hopefully I’ll be able to send some trash-talking messages to @bparkerchuk!

    Merry Christmas!

  2. Tonight it’s going to be Basel Cellars 2005 Pheasant Run Cabernet. I expect it to be rich, oaky, and pushing over the top, but hopefully it’ll be pretty good.

  3. We are going simple, and having a Willamette Valley Vineyards Whole Cluster Pinot Noir. It’s quite nice, and affordable for this style of Pinot.

  4. Orin Swift’s new Abstract.

    So far, not a fan.


  5. We started the afternoon with a 2004 Vilmart Champagne Grand Cellier d’Or 1er Cru and then moved on to a fantastic 2007 Rudius Emerald Pool Alder Springs Vineyard Syrah with dinner.

  6. We had some Cooks sparkling wine with OJ to start the gift unwrapping (classy!)…then with dinner (which was venison and elk) enjoyed a 2006 Chateau Boswell cab/cab franc and a Blackbird Vineyards Contrarian cab after that. A couple souvenirs from our trip to Napa two years ago. :) Merry Christmas all!

  7. 2007 Abacela merlot with the roast and horseraddish sauce. Juicy enough to not clash with the sauce, and enough acid and spice to stay interesting with the meat and yorkshire pudding. Several compliments on the pairing which always feels nice.

  8. 1989 Chateau Meyney bordeaux. Solid cork and decanted with no appreciable sediment. Aired for about 45 minutes. Beautiful ruby with slightly brownish tint. My palate is novice however, more sophisticated tasters in our group approved heartily. Beautiful wine paired with Prime rib of beef. Cheers and happy holiday’s!