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  • Karen Kaczmar

Holiday Feasts, Celebratory Wines

Christmas Day and New Years Eve call for celebratory wines to enjoy with the traditional meals.

Roast duck for the holiday? What goes better than a beautiful Burgundy, that ultimate expression of Pinot Noir. We recommend Louis Latour Marsannay 2018. Supple and sensuous, it's fresh with bright cherry fruit and hints of spices. Medium to full-bodied, it has silky tannins and a pretty finish.


Christmas Ham? Most are served glazed which calls for a red wine with lots of fruit. We recommend the Hudson-Chatham Winery Baco Noir, which is medium bodied, tart and clean which is a great foil for the saltiness of the ham and sweetness of the glaze. It has red cherry, raspberry and cranberry notes with some cedar and tobacco on the finish.


Prime Rib is always a favorite for Christmas and New Years. The best wine to choose depends upon the sauce.

If you are serving it with a wine reduction we recommend a Cabernet Sauvignon. Try Oberon from Napa Valley2019 . Ripe and supple, with a lush texture, it has lingering black cherry, dark berry and cassis flavors with warm, spicy notes of toasted oak.


If your choice is a traditional English gravy, a fine Bordeaux would go well. The L'Ormes de Rauzan Gassies 2016, the second wine of the famed estate Rauzan Gassie in Margaux, is a classic left bank Bordeaux, full-bodied with ripe cassis flavors, notes of violet, vanilla and sandalwood, followed by a firm, dry yet elegant finish.


Horseradish sauce is a favorite among prime rib lovers, and, in this case, try a more intense wine such as an Argentinian Blend. The Decero Owl and the Dust Devil 2017 is a single vineyard blend of Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot and Tannat. The structure of the wine is silky. The Malbec has an aromatic quality and the wine has a fine backbone of Cabernet Sauvignon with an exceptionally rich core of Petit Verdot and Tannat which provide depth of character.


We here at Chatham Wine & Liquor wish you all a very Happy Holiday and toast you, our customers, for your support and appreciation.

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