Holiday Wine and Food Pairings, Active Adult Magazine

Active MagazineAlthough the holidays have passed, the wines recommended in my column for Active Adult Magazine still serve us well through these chilly winter months. Let me know if you’ve discovered a favourite wine lately that you’d add to the list.

What to Bring Home for the Holidays


What to Bring Home page 2Silvano Piacentini


Silvano Piacentini Valpolicella Superiore Ripasso 2009

Veneto, Italy

Full-bodied and juicy with dark red fruit; great food wine. Food matches: cocoa-rubbed beef medallions, barbecued ribs, baked pasta dish. Drink: Now 289637 $16.95 Score: 88/100.

Wynns Coonawarra Cab Shiraz


Wynns Coonawarra Estate Cabernet Shiraz Merlot 2010

Coonawarra, South Australia, Australia

Elegant, refined and balanced like Sue herself. Classic cassis and blackberry fruit. Full-bodied and smooth. Food matches: pepper steak and a side dish of mushrooms and sliced leeks fried in butter. Drink: 2012 – 2016 511600 $19.95 Score: 89/100.

Ironstone Cabernet Sauvignon


Ironstone Cabernet Sauvignon 2010


Classic California Cab at a great price! Balanced and tasty with lovely dark fruit and just enough oak. Food matches: barbecued chicken, spare ribs in a sweet-and smoky sauce. Drink: 2012 – 2015 537597 $17.95 Score: 88/100.

Pascual Toso Reserve Malbec 2009


Pascual Toso Reserve Malbec 2009

Barrancas Vineyards, Mendoza, Argentina

Lovely freshness on the nose with aromas of wild blackberry, toasty oak and cedar forest. Full-bodied and smooth. Decant 2 hours. Drink: 2012 2015 183897 $19.95 Score: 89/100.

Luigi Bosco


Luigi Bosca Pinot Noir 2010

Finca El Paraíso, Maipú, Mendoza, Argentina

Tart cherry and cedar smoke with a satin smooth texture and a very attractive tart finish that’s refreshing. Food matches: grilled portobello mushrooms, lamb burgers. Drink: 2011 – 2014 143420 $17.95 Score: 88/100.

Santa Julia Magna



Santa Julia Magna 2009

Mendoza, Argentina

Chewy with big black fruit and a pleasing tarry note. Full-bodied and layered. Incredible quality for the price. Drink: 2011 – 2015 93799 $14.95 Score: 88/100.

Megalomaniac narcissist


Megalomaniac Narcissist Riesling 2011

Niagara, Ontario

Lovely Riesling with lime blossom, lemon zest and green apple goodness. Mouth-watering and juicy with laser focus. Medium-bodied. Great aperitif and food companion. Drink: 2011 – 2015 67587 $16.95 Score: 88/100.

Momo Sauv Blanc


Momo Seresin Estate Sauvignon Blanc 2011

Marlborough, South Island, New Zealand

Grassy, herbal and refreshing with lots of mouth-watering acidity. Food matches: Thai green curry shrimp, grilled herbed chicken breast. Drink: 2012 – 2014 9167 $17.95 Score: 90/100.

Kris Pinot Grigio


Kris Pinot Grigio 2010

Delle Venezie, Veneto, Italy

A clean, crisp pinot grigio that works as an aperitif or companion to seafood and salads. Food matches: grilled salmon, bouillabaisse, crudité with an aioli dip. Drink: 2012 – 2014 289546 $15.95 Score: 87/100.Ghost Pines Chardonnay


Ghost Pines Winemaker’s Blend Louis M. Martini Winery Chardonnay 2010

Sonoma, Monterey, Napa Counties, California

Classic California chardonnay: butterscotch, toffee, apple and peach. Full-bodied and layered with a long finish. Drink: 2012 – 2015 136408 $19.95 Score: 90/100.

Sileni The Lodge


Sileni The Lodge Chardonnay 2010

Hawkes Bay, North Island, New Zealand

Pleasant, exotic and aromatic: white floral notes and some light spices. Medium-bodied and balanced. Drink: 2012 – 2015 278549 $18.95 Score: 88/100.Union Squared Red


Union Squared Red Generations Wine Company 2010

Niagara Peninsula, Ontario

Lovely! Over-delivered just like it’s entry-level brethren. Smooth and medium- to full-bodied with attractive fleshy dark fruit and a nice smokiness. Food matches: barbecued rib-eye steaks, ribs, charcuterie platter. Drink: 2012 – 2015 292359 $17.95 Score: 89/100.

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