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EDMONTON - There are so many great wines that go with turkey or ham that it’s sometimes hard to pick one everyone will enjoy
For Christmas morning breakfast, a winner is always the non-vintage Canella Blood Orange Mimosa Cocktail from Venice ($15.95). It’s a wine cocktail made from grape wine and the juice and pulp of crimson-fleshed Sicilian blood oranges. The finest cultivars are blended to achieve the best combination of flavours, fragrance and colour. Into the light, fruity, very tasty drink go dark-hued Moro oranges; tasty, sweet Tarocco oranges and the tender Sanguinello.For a white wine to sip with family and friends throughout the festive season, a 2008 Erath Oregon Pinot Gris at $23.95 is a good choice. Swirl in the glass to reveal aromas of banana and honeydew melon. In the mouth, tropical fruit, lemon and floral notes are seamlessly balanced with a good acidic backbone.
If you are having steak or ribs and some of your family or guests must have a red wine, try the 2007 Cusumano Nero D’Avola at $18.95. Nero d’Avola is Sicily’s most popular red grape and used in the region’s best selling varietal wines grown near the Vitoria region. Nero D’Avola means “Avola Black,” which describes the deep, dark colour of the grape. The ruby-red wine explodes with bright cherry fruit, balanced acidity and spices.
If you are looking for a red wine that will pair with white and dark meat, a sound buy is the 2007 Domaine Arlaud Bourgogne Rouge Roncevie Vielles Vignes from Burgundy ($32.95). A new, travelled generation is taking over in Burgundy and Herve Arlaud has watched in glee as his son Cyprian and daughter Bertille have taken the family’s winery in Morey-St.-Denis to new heights. Bertille cares for the vines by hand and horse. Winemaker Cyprian let’s the quality of the fruit come through by minimal intervention. This is a straight forward Pinot Noir, with notes of cherries, blackberies, earth and spice
Another versatile wine that will pair well with poultry, pork, lighter red meat, grilled vegetables and soft ripe cheeses is the 2009 Mollydooker The Violinist Verdelho from McLaren Vale, Australia, selling for $33.95. The aromatics of this white wine suggest ripe, fruit and the palate is full of pineapple, stone fruit and citrus flavours. The lingering finish is slightly tart.