Nov 29 2010
By Adrienne Davis
As a sommelier in training, my nose is constantly being put to use. One in my position has to smell the fruit in the grocery store, spices from the spice rack, wood in trees and furniture (and maybe even sometimes the wooden floor), flowers, dirt, vegetables, and sometimes even moldy boxes. That is why this particular time of the year is truly enchanting for those of us who can appreciate a good scent. In our very full glass of holiday spirit, we get hints of Christmas tree pine needles, hot cocoa, egg nog, Hanukah or Kwanzaa candles, homemade stuffing and pie, fireplace wood, holiday cookies, new clothes or toys (yes, even a new iPod has a particular scent), and most importantly, the wine we drink during the holidays. Its makes our cheeks warm, our laughter hysterical, our meal richer, the celebration greater, and the time we spend with our family and friends during the holidays more precious.
One wine that really brings holiday spirit to life, in my opinion, is the 2009 La Cartuja Priorat. This wine has aromas of baking spice, pine needles, dried herbs, and a spicy richness to it.
Another great wine for this time of the year is the Chris Ringland “CR” Shiraz. The nose explodes with sweet red berry perfume, white florals, licorice and aniseed and laced with a sweet vanillin back note.
In need of something bubbly and vibrant to please a crowd, grab a bottle of the NV Pacific Rim “White Flowers” sparkling Riesling. This wine as beautiful floral aromatics and clean finish, with a balanced and texture profile.
So fill your glass, hoist it in the air, take a good look at your loved ones, and enjoy. To the holidays; Salute, Salud, and Cheers!