Very special holidays are coming, where gastronomy will be the star and wine is central axis of friends and family gatherings. You can already choose your wine for Christmas if you want your dinner to be a success; choose quality and variety, and be sure they will thank you for it.
Fish, meat, desserts... at Christmas we eat too much and so varied, that is why we must alternate different wines especially on New Year's Eve dinner, which is usually longer.
From white to red. It is a traditional way to alternate them and as some tastings are usually carried out. This is usually because of what we eat, since usually we begin, as starters, with snacks, soups and some fish, so white wines are preferred. Sirloin steak, turkey or pork as main courses open a wide field for us to finish the dinner with a powerful red. In this way, the flavours will be more intense at every moment of dinner. Normally, a white and two or three red wines are served to produce more impact on the palate.
From dry to sweet. Everything depends on the menu, but another way is to start with white or dry red wines to switch to sweet wines, such as Muscat, with desserts. The combination of dry with starters and main courses will be much better when paired properly, and the soft and sweet ones (where white grapes are lifted), pair perfectly with nougat and marzipan. Also, in this way, dinner is less indigestible.
By protocol. The first wine is usually uncorked and tasted by the host of the dinner, although he may make honours to some guest to taste it. After opening the bottle, it can be left on the table, although the right to do is leave it on a side table and serve it as the glasses get empty. The first glasses are filled halfway and then to consumer tastes. The protocol marks to serve firstly white and rosé wines at a temperature of 10°, then the reds at room temperature of 20º and finally sherry, sweet wine or sparkling wine at about 8º.
Do you already have the wines for New Year's Eve dinner? We recommend:
Pruno 2014: a red wine with Ribera del Duero DO made with tinta fina of 2014 and with an alcohol content of 13.5º. Pruno 2014 is ideal to combine with barbecue and game.
Juan Gil 4 Meses 2014: a wine red with the Jumilla DO vinified with monastrell from 2014 and presents an alcohol content of 14.5º.
El Novio Perfecto 2014 is a white wine with Valencia DO from vintage 2014 and with an alcohol proof of 12º.
Recaredo Brut de Brut 2006: a sparkling wine from this DO: Cava with the best bunches of 2006 xarel·lo and macabeo and with an alcoholic strength of 11.5º.