On Christmas Day, my wife will prepare a more traditional American holiday meal featuring a standing rib roast. After working her culinary magic for a couple of hours, she will emerge from the kitchen smiling broadly, full of Christmas cheer, and smelling of lavender. Of course, this meal demands a big red wine such as cabernet sauvignon or even a Christmas claret (Bordeaux).
So today, I'm going to share a list of wines I would love to find under my Christmas tree, and which just happens to include bottles that would go particularly well with our holiday meals. I think you would like them too.
Cabernet sauvignon/Bordeaux red or Bordeaux-style blends (for example, blends that might consist of any combination of cabernet sauvignon, merlot, cabernet franc, Malbec or petit verdot):
2005 Chateau Lynch Bages; 2007 Quilceda Creek Cabernet Sauvignon; 2008 Joseph Phelps Insignia; 2007 Dominus; 2005 Harlan Estate The Maiden; 2005 Chateau La Dominique; 2007 Groth Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve; 2000 Chateau Brainaire Ducru; 2008 Merryvale Profile; 2005 Chateau Cos d'Estournel; 2007 Saddleback Cabernet Sauvignon; 2009 Pontet Canet; 2005 Leoville Las Cases; 2008 Heitz Martha's Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon; and 2007 Ornellaia.
Champagne and sparkling wines:
Nicholas Feuillatte "Blue Label" Brut; Mumm Napa Cuvee (sparkling); Paul Bara Brut; Veuve Cliquot Brut; Roderer Estate (sparkling); Krug Grande Cuvee Brut; Perrier Jouet Grand Brut; 2003 Taittinger Comtes de Champagne Rosé; Iron Horse Russian Cuvee (sparkling).
For more on the art and craft of wine, visit John Brown's Vines & Vittles blog at thegazz.com.