In Nova Scotia, winter gets people thinking about turkey dinners, thick fish chowders, coasting parties and fun with family and friends around the fire. We have picked some of our favourite red and white winter wines from the DesBarres Manor cellar for entertaining over the holidays and throughout the winter months.
Southern Sisters Reserve Riesling 2005, Clare Valley, South Australia
We really enjoy this Riesling and thought it would be great with Christmas turkey as well as those hearty fish chowders we are all famous for on Christmas Eve here in the Maritimes! Straw coloured with green tints and fresh floral fruit exhibiting lemon and lime aromas. Perfumed with hints of bath talc and phenyl. Fine palate with steely length and crisp acidity. Characteristic of Clare Rieslings, there is a hint of mineral which is derived from the unique soils of this region. This style of Riesling will also age nicely producing complex honey/toast aromas and flavours.
Pierre Sparr Gewurztraminer Reserve 2006, Alsace
We match this Gewurztraminer with smoked turkey at the Manor ... amazing! Marvelous flowery bouquet of rose petals and tropical fruits. Dry but supple with intense fruit and body on the palate. Perfectly balanced, offering hints of sweetness and spice on the finish. Perfect as an aperitif, also ideal with sharp cheeses.
Michel Torino Estate Don David Reserve Chardonnay 2007, Cafayate Valley, Argentina
We love this Chardonnay! It has truly nice fruit and is great with any food or none at all. Bright gold colour with greeny borders, apple, pineapple and tropical fruits aromas. The taste is buttery with honey and bread notes.
Eagle Peak Merlot 2005, Fetzer Vineyards Mendocino County, California
This California Merlot has a great price point which makes it a good match for pasta and pizza with spicy meats. It has enticing cherry-berry flavors with a hint of vanilla, toasty oak-spice and a smooth, elegant finish. This wine would also pair nicely with grilled or roasted meats.
Jost Trilogy 2005, Nova Scotia
Here’s a winning Nova Scotia red that we like to pair with hearty red meat dishes and fine cheeses. It is Jost’s combination of their best Baco Noir, Leon Millot and Marechal Foch grapes into a proprietary blend that is aged in French oak barrels. The Trilogy is smoky with black cherry and anise nuances. The folks at Jost say this wine has great aging potential so if you are lucky enough to get your hands on some, you might want to lay a few bottles down and come back and try them next winter.
Pelee Island Pinot Noir Reserve, Ontario
We like the versatility of the Pelee Island Pinot Noir. It pairs nicely with grilled or roasted meat, pork or poultry. This would be a nice pick for people who enjoy a red wine with their Christmas turkey dinner. It would also work with a Tourtiere, a favourite Christmas dish in Quebec. Or on a cold winter night after skating or just having fun in the snow. It is an elegant, full bodied Pinot Noir with a well balanced structure and a bouquet and palate of black cherries, currants and toasted oak flavours. Look for an intense finish.
We hope you enjoy matching these wines to your winter dining and outdoor activities.