One of the most important and most challenging aspects of any holiday meal is the wine choice. Finding a wine that pleases the palates of your guests and pairs well with the food can be a daunting task.
Getting outside advice on holiday wine pairing is a good strategy and easy to do since we live in wine country. Another great rule: Don’t wait until the last minute. Many local wineries are offering holiday discounts this time of year. It’s a great opportunity to visit, taste and purchase wines for the upcoming season.
It makes sense to offer at least one red and one white wine at Thanksgiving, or Christmas for that matter. Pinot noir and lightly oaked chardonnay are often cited as excellent options. Other wines that pair with sides and desserts include riesling, ports, lighter reds and of course sparkling wines. Following are a handful of promotional discounts for the holidays.
■ During November, Owen Roe is offering a six-pack of its Sharecropper’s label for just $86.40: a bottle of 2017 cabernet sauvignon, 2016 merlot, 2017 red blend, 2016 chardonnay, 2017 pinot noir and 2016 syrah. If you are looking for an impactful gift, Owen Roe has beautiful magnums
(1.5 liter bottles) available.
■ Wit Cellars is offering 30% off a before- and after-dinner three-pack a 2016 petit verdot port-style port, a 2015 late harvest riesling, and a 2018 sparkling pinot grigio. Wit’s 2017 chardonnay is 30% off a case while supplies last. This is a lighter chardonnay with great acidity, making it the perfect wine for Thanksgiving. It won’t last long, so take a day trip to Prosser and pick yours up.
■ The beauty of a blend is the variance in style, weight and flavors. Wilridge Vineyard, Winery & Distillery’s 2015 Estate Melange Noir, a Bordeaux red, is available for $30 per bottle for the season. Take an hour to go taste and see if the flavors of this wine fit your meal plans. While there, check out the offerings at the bar; you may find all you need in one place.
■ If it is cabernet sauvignon you have your eye on, Portteus Winery is offering a two-for-one (two for $24) sale on its regular 2015 cabernet sauvignon through the holidays. If you are serving prime rib or lamb, this may be the perfect wine for the table. A visit to the tasting room to taste and chat about the wine will help you make the right decision for the holidays.
■ If you need to mail gifts, Purple Star and Treveri Cellars are shipping wine for just one penny.
Purple Star wines will package and ship gifts sure to please any wine lover on your list. Their gift boxes, which include two bottles of wine and a box of Chukar Cherries, will be shipped for just one penny from Nov. 28 to Dec. 14. Visit www.purplestarwines.com to order.
Everyone loves a bubbly, both for the holiday table and to receive as a gift. Treveri Cellars is running a 1-cent shipping promo on six-plus bottles at trevericellars.com. Use promo code “NOVBUBBLES” during the month of November.
■ Lastly, select Yakima Valley wineries will be showing wines at the Clore Center in Prosser every Saturday in November. This is the perfect opportunity to taste through and learn about wines available for the holidays, whether it be for the table, hostess gifts or holiday gifts.
By starting now, you can enjoy the process of selecting and purchasing wine for the holidays.
• Barbara Glover is executive director of Wine Yakima Valley, an industry group representing member wineries.