Paul Marcus Wines at Rockridge Market Hall
James Krajewski, wine merchant and social media manager, offers these holiday wine ideas:
Celebratory: Nothing really beats bubbly from France in this category!
Best deal: Henri Billiot Brut- France $50
Splurge: Tarlant “Cuvée Louis” Brut-France $105
Other option: Madeira! (This is what our forefathers drank when toasting the Declaration of Independence.) The Rare Wine. Co. makes a delicious spread of high-end Madeiras, although we don’t currently have them in stock. $50-$70.
Pre-feast quaffer: Something light and fresh, not too serious.
Aphros Vinho Verde, Portugal $15
Ameztoi “Rubentis” (Basque Country) Rosado, Spain $22
Gruet Blanc de Blanc, New Mexico $20
Turkey dinner: Lots of options here. Juicy yet rustic reds and full-bodied acidic whites.
Chermette Beaujoulais, France $19 (Gamay)
Casa Scarpa Barbera, Italy $17 (Barbera)
Xavier Weisskopf “Touché Mitaine” Montlouis Sur Loire, France $20 (Chenin Blanc)
Bachelet-Monnot ” Puligny-Montrachet, France (Chardonnay) $65
Fish feast: Zesty crisp whites for lighter fish like cod or sole. Light easy-drinking reds or rosé for richer fish like salmon and tuna.
Whites: Nortico Albariño, Portugal $15
Pepiere Muscadet, France $15
Reds: Erste and Neue Schiava, Italy $15
Georges Lignier Chambolle Musigny, France, $76
Rosé: Chateau Pradeaux Bandol Rosé, France $32 (Bandol rosé and tuna are amazing together.
Plant-centric feast: Use either soft and fruity reds or crisp whites with a similar green character.
Reds: Chanrion Cotes de Brouilly, France $23
Fouet Saumur-Champigny, France $18
Whites: Nosis Verdejo, Spain $15
Nigl “Freiheit” Gruner Veltliner, Austria $21
Spicy dessert pairing: Sweet wine with some strength to stand up to spice.
Kiralyudvar Tokaji Aszu “6 puttonyos,” Hungary $75
Heidi Schrock Ruster Ausbruch, Austria $75
Trennel Liqueur de Mure, France $32
Wildcard: Skin contact orange wine from Slovenia. Cotar Vitovska, Slovenia $32
Totally natural unfiltered red from Sicily. Cornelissen Munjebel Rosso $50-ish