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Fireside Wines

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  • Publish Date: Dec 23, 2009

Since Christmas dinner traditions vary, we are making two recommendations for wines to be sipped as an apertif, with a meal, or simply while watching It's a Wonderful Life.

Silent Night or Stille Nacht? We like the song in both languages, but this Christmas we’ll be paying tribute to the original by tipping back our glasses of Gewürztraminer from Germany. “Gewurtz,” which translates to “spice,” is aptly named for the subtle spiced flavors and aromas the grape exhibits in the glass. Be prepared for a touch of sweetness and boisterous aromas of flowers, lychee and passionfruit. And if reading German labels isn't your forte, ask for help in the wine shop to find a level of sweetness (or lack thereof) that’s right for you.

What we’ll be sipping: 2007 Messmer Altenforst Gewürztraminer Spätlese

Port to Port Although there’s no real connection between Christmas and sailing, we wish you a Christimas vacation as relaxing as a trip on the sea, with your feet up in front of the fire, and a splash of Port in hand. Rich, complex, and full of intense fruit, each sip is cherished. Port's higher alcohol percentage will help you digest, if it doesn’t induce a nap first. A bottle of vintage port may run you $60 or more but there are some amazing Tawnys that sell for half that price.

What we’ll be sipping: Niepoort 10-year Old Tawny Port

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Making Wine Magic

Dec 23, 2009
Bring on the port, fireside!

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