After taking a straw poll of friends, family and strangers on the Internet, it looks like many of you may not be having turkey or ham for dinner on Christmas Day. This rebellion against tradition is cool because it means there will be lots of different bottles on holiday tables this season.
Boiled lobster is high on the list of alternative mains (especially in Atlantic Canada) and a crisp sauvignon blanc from New Zealand or bright, fruit-forward chardonnay from the New World would be an ideal match.
If you’re going for a Charles Dickens vibe, goose could be on the menu. Surprisingly adaptable, it’s a great partner for a red French Bordeaux, a Spanish Tempranillo or a chewy Aussie shiraz.
Since I love roast beef it’s a guarantee the Rockwells will serve it at least once before the year ends. Though also quite open to liquid partners a spicy malbec from Argentina or a California zinfandel would make a perfect union. As would a New World cabernet with Errazuriz’s 2008 Max Reserva Cabernet Sauvignon ($17.95 - $18.99) from Chile, offering plenty of dense black currant fruit, rich tannins and a lingering dark chocolate finish.
Have a safe and happy holiday!
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Peter Rockwell is the everyman’s wine writer, working in the liquor industry for more than 25 years and traveling the globe looking for something to fill his glass and put into words.