‘Tis the season for entertaining. And now that the holiday rush is upon us, we’re looking for easy, efficient ways to celebrate the holly jolly season — and that means good food and fine wine. Thankfully, Dean and Deluca is helping to take the guess work out of the entertaining equation with this ingenious Seasonal Holiday Six-Pack. This “one-stop wine shop” will take you straight through Christmas, Hanukkah, and New Years – whether you’re hosting an intimate dinner, seeking the perfect gift for a holiday soirée, or simply playing around in the kitchen with festive flavors. The Seasonal Holiday Six-Pack provides you with two wine choices for each of the three upcoming holidays for a mere $139.
Christmas Wine 1: For those epic Christmas meals where a gorgeous, glossy ham is the star of the show, Straight Line Tempranillo 2009 ($27) is the way to go. This lush drinking Tempranillo from California reveals deep, vibrant red fruits that will complement the main course on the holiday table.
Christmas Wine 2: A more seafood-centric holiday calls for the Y Rousseau Old Vines Colombard 2010 ($20). Whether you’re planning to serve fish or shellfish, this versatile Old Vines Colombard from the Russian River Valley will hold up to all seafood. Balanced with citrus notes, it is one of the most food-friendly whites you will find coming out of California.
Hanukkah Wine 1: Not only is the crisp, bright Red C Sauvignon Blanc 2010 ($22) great with an array of Hanukkah far; it is also kosher! A second label to Covenant Wines, this Dry Creek Valley ’10 reveals citrus and lemongrass notes on the palate with a clean finish.
Hanukkah Wine 2: Follow that with the Red C Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 ($44) to take you through the Hanukkah meal. This softer, more approachable sister Cab to the full-bodied Covenant label will stand up to the richest of flavors at your Hanukkah table. Deep black cherry and cocoa fill the glass and glide onto the palate with a smooth finish. The best part is, this ’09 tastes more expensive than the price and it doesn’t have to be decanted for hours before enjoying.
New Year’s Wine 1: One of the most consistently made Sparkling wines, the Schramsberg Mirabelle Brut NV ($26) is the perfect choice for toasting the new year.
New Year’s Wine 2: A second celebratory pour is the Zacherle Rose of Syrah Sparkling Wine ($35). This new offering from Zacherle takes the Syrah grape to a new, refreshing level. Sourced from two vineyards in the Russian River Valley, this off-dry bubbly drinks well on its own and will marry well with your appetizers and oysters.