May 24, 2017
By Catherine Park | December 5, 2016 | People
We enlisted the help of Miami's top wine experts to find out what they're drinking during the holidays this year.
"This is a particularly tough question as I am prone to variety and indulgence, so I would go for many wines over the holiday season. But one specific wine I can't seem to get enough of at the moment is the 2014 Catherine et Pierre Breton 'Beaumont' from Chinon in the Loire Valley of France. The aromas of violets, plums, tobacco, and a bit of the forest in fall, are beautifully dancing off a wine that offers elegance and a great finish. This wine could just as easily be served with a roasted turkey and sweet potato mash at the Thanksgiving table as well as next to a pernil con arroz y gandules on Noche Buena. It's sure to bring smiles all around, or at least it does to me."
"The first thing that comes to our mind during the holidays is how to select the wines and drinks accordingly to the food we choose. A good suggestion that offers Quinto la Huella is 'Preludio Tinto' from Joanico region in Uruguay. It’s a great wine of guard and one of the only ones from the new world that increases the price with time. A bottle from '92 can be up to $1,500, [while] our 2004 selection is $105. [It's] a full and elegant wine with south American personality and structure capable of sustaining fish and meat. We don’t need to set ourselves to white for fish and red for meats as traditionally [done] since this blend has the perfect balance for sea bass and our wood oven grill selection."
"No matter the question, the answer is always Champagne! I’m a big fan of the Charles Heidsieck Brut Réserve Champagne. This true Champagne is bright, complex, and perfect to drink with a wide variety of foods, or simply on its own. Another favorite when I’m just relaxing is the Bisol 'Crede' Prosecco from the highly acclaimed Valdobbiadene region in Northeastern Italy—this sparkling wine is really easy to just sit back and enjoy!"
"With my birthday in the summer, the holiday season after my 21st birthday was a great time to buy and try different styles of wine. Beaujolais Nouveau Day, the third Thursday of November, was an exciting time to buy ready-to-drink wine that seemed to pair with any dish, holiday, or person who drinks it. Over time, I started exploring the different regions and styles of Beaujolais and found that 'Cru' Beaujolais competed with some of the best wine regions in the world for half the price. A favorite Cru, Fleurie, and producer, Clos de la Roilette, is a medium to light-bodied red, with violets and forest floor aromas and raspberry on the palate. Its high acidity makes it a perfect pairing with a heavy Christmas meal."
"Matarocchio by Antinori: Every sip of this full-bodied, 100 percent Cabernet Franc from Umbria is like a dream come true. Opulent, sumptuous, and crafted as a rare gem—as your dreams should be."
"This year, like every year, I’m opening a bottle of Champagne for the holidays. Since this year is my 10-year anniversary in the U.S., I’m going to open a Magnum of Krug 'Grande Cuvée' Brut. Krug is arguably the best Champagne and is characterized by toasted, grilled, pastry or almond notes born from at least six years of aging on the lees. Fresh fruit notes of succulent white peach and citrus zest drive the palate. The bright acidity makes it a versatile pairing with all types of food that appear on the table, and it’s a great way to start a holiday dinner."
photography via Morgans hotel group (Flavio Nisti)
May 24, 2017