Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Keeping it local: A holiday wine guide

Posted by on Tue, Nov 17, 2009 at 4:00 PM

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The Missouri Wine and Grape Board has a few suggestions for in-state wines you can select when looking for the right complement to your holiday meal. I've added a specific bottle to each recommendation  -- all of which are solid, if not world-beating wines.

With the first course or even by itself, the MWGB recommends a sparkling wine such as the semi-sweet white Vignole from Stone Hill Winery. 

You can pair turkey with either a red or white. Those who like red wines could try a St. Vincent, a dry red from the Bias Vineyards & Winery that you could drink with turkey and all the dressings. If you'd rather a white wine, the Chardonel typically paired with seafood can go just as well with fowl. Riverwood Winery's Ambivalent White would go with a smoked or deep-fried turkey.

If you have a ham on the table, the Wine Board suggests Traminette -- a white with floral notes that's sometimes thought to be similar to Gewurztraminer. The Traminette from Jowler Creek Vineyard & Winery has apple notes, a natural flavor complement to the sweetness of ham.

Those lucky enough to be eating lamb this holiday season should grab a Norton red -- one of the most popular varietals in Missouri because of its full body and berry notes. It also happens to be the state grape of Missouri. Go for the Stone Hill Norton -- it's the one that will make out-of-state guests wonder where the wine you bought came from. 
 
And with dessert, don't forget about Missouri port -- I've heard good things (but not sampled) the port from Mount Pleasant Winery.  

[Image via Flickr: Joe Shlabotnik]

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