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Holiday Wines: Our Favorite Reds

By Rebecca Joerres, November 13, 2011  |  Meet the Blogger  |  More Posts by Rebecca Joerres

Do you love to unwind with a glass of red wine at the end of the day? Us too. And just in time for the holiday season, here are our Top 10 Wines, a great selection of affordable reds and whites that we’re very excited about. Nothing beats bringing together friends and family to celebrate with dynamic reds that you can feel good about sharing! We’re also encouraging our readers to get together with family and friends for a tasting party with a difference on November 17th via Twitter. Sample our featured holiday wines, along with some recommended cheeses, and tweet along while you’re sampling them. There’s a TweetChat room set up for the event where you can follow our wine guys, Geof Ryan and Doug Bell, and hear what they have to say about each wine. You can also share your comments about the aromas, tastes and cheese pairings using the hashtag #WFMWine on Twitter. By following @WFMWineGuys, you can read what other wine enthusiasts think about the selection. Good times! Here’s the rundown of our fabulously affordable holiday reds and the cheeses that love them. And just in case you missed it, here’s what we’ve got for holiday whites.


 CHATEAU GRAND CLARET Premières CÔTES DE BORDEAUX Lauded as one of the best vintages in sixty years, this Bordeaux classic is graced with luscious, purple color, deep red fruit and round, spicy notes. Its velvety finish is cause to celebrate with classic French food or sweet, salty Seaside Cheddar. Recipe pairing: Roasted Brisket with Parsley, Mint and Thyme

 

 


DON & SONS SONOMA COAST PINOT NOIR Charm guests with flavors of currant and crabapple and fresh berries interwoven with zippy acidity. A bargain gem, let it grace your holiday table, along with ham or turkey, roasted root vegetables or savory cheeses like Le Gruyère Reserve. Recipe pairing: Mushroom Stuffing with Shallots and Fresh Herbs

 

 


EARTHSTONE SONOMA COUNTY MERLOT Lend holiday spirit with this soft plum and blueberry beauty, touched with notes of dried herbs, macerated fruit and white pepper. Plush tannins are a match for Truffle Tremor cheese, or enjoy with everything from salmon or tuna to lasagna. And, it’s made using responsible farming practices. Recipe pairing: Spiced Roasted Salmon with Beets

 

 

TARIMA MONASTRELL Exult in the dark complexity of cedar, baking spices, licorice and mulberry. Inky and dense, this Red proves that organic-grape wines are deeply flavorful contenders, whether poured with barbeque, smoked meats, or hand-selected Oregon Blue cheese. And, it’s made with organically grown grapes. Recipe pairing: Bison Chili

 

 

 


INNOVACIÓN MALBEC-TEMPRANILLO Bring home holiday cheer with this ripe and juicy, modern blend of New World and Old World grapes. Spice and cocoa notes fill a 1L bottle, a tremendous value for drinking at cocktail hour and beyond with favorites like Spanish Manchego cheese. And, it’s made using responsible farming practices. Recipe pairing: Roasted Butternut Squash with Sage and Cranberries

 

 

RASTEAU LES PEYRIÈRES Commemorate special moments with this intense, memorable Grenache and Syrah blend. Poured with Roquefort, Seaside Cheddar or French classics like Cassoulet, its dark cherry and pepper notes and smoky, anise nose are the joy of the season. Recipe pairing: Cassoulet-Style French Bean Stew

 

 

 


CANTORA CARMENERE CABERNET SAUVIGNON Dress up your holiday meals when you pour this ripe, spicy blend of two of Chile’s most delicious wine grapes. Prestigious vineyards yield a medium-bodied Red with dark fruit and mint on the nose. Ideal for hamburgers or spaghetti, and a hit with traditionally produced Stilton cheese. Plus, it’s Fair Trade. Recipe pairing: Chard with Bacon and Apple

 

 

H&G CHALK HILL CABERNET SAUVIGNON Ring in your best occasions with this mature, structured Red. An impressively elegant wine with a delicate mix of red and black fruit, tannins and gentle acidity. Its rich mid-palate and hints of mocha on the nose are best with rare steak or Borough Market Cheddar cheese. Recipe pairing: Cranberry and Apple Stuffed Roasted Pork

 

Get more information about each of the cheeses mentioned above. What are some of your favorite foods to pair with a glass of red wine?

 

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Lis says ...
These are great wines. I bought 6 and got 20% off! I did this before Thanksgiving and will get more for Christmas and New Years! My favorite has been the H & G, Cantora, and the Ventana Rubystone
11/30/2011 3:11:48 PM CST
Millie Gardner says ...
from last year's holidy wine list. do you have this wine this year.....I have been loking all over for it! Simonnet-Febvre Saint-Bris – Splash this Sauvignon into shrimp scampi and then pour yourself a glass.
11/25/2011 7:19:24 PM CST
janejohnson says ...
@Millie Mmm sounds tasty! Since each of our stores does things a little differently, the best way to learn if your community Whole Foods Market offers your wine is to reach out to them directly. The link below will help identify the contact information for your store and a Team Member there will be happy to chat with you. Happy hunting!
11/28/2011 9:48:09 AM CST