Tuesday, December 26, 2017

The Christmas wines

I know the oenophiles here enjoy the occasional recommendation even though we stick to the affordable, so allow me to recommend the following wines, both from Torres in Catalunya:
  • White: Habitat Vino Ecologico 
  • Red: Celeste Crianza
We went with the usual proseccos from Treviso and cavas from Freixenet, so nothing unusual there. The Celeste is a particularly good wine from Ribera del Duero.



Anonymous MEC December 26, 2017 10:32 AM  

What language is this?

Blogger Dire Badger December 26, 2017 10:59 AM  

The Christmas Whines:
"You didn't get me what I wanted!"
"I feel Betrayed by Santa Claus!"
"I hate Christmas because it's cool and gets me attention!"

Anonymous The Watcher of the Skies December 26, 2017 11:01 AM  

Ribera del Duero makes some amazing wines for sure. Good stuff at any price. What are the varietals in these two wines you recommend, Vox? I'll check them out if I can find them locally. I recommend any Rhone from FR. and wines from Sardinia are fun too.

Blogger VD December 26, 2017 11:01 AM  

What language is this?

It is, in fact, educated. copyright(c)Simon Evans

Blogger Dire Badger December 26, 2017 11:04 AM  

We Drank Homemade Pennsic Wundermead and Wild Apple Ale over the Holiday season... Oustanding if you are one of those people that don't like the flavor of wine.

Blogger McChuck December 26, 2017 11:05 AM  

Try some mead for the Holidays. I recommend the Archer and the Hunter from the Orchid Cellar Meadery.

Blogger Aquila Aquilonis December 26, 2017 11:08 AM  

This wine is what I had for Christmas. It's very good.

Anonymous VFM #6306 December 26, 2017 11:09 AM  

Mead is the purple drank of beer, which is the prison liquor of alcohol.

This is about wine, infidels.

Blogger Dire Badger December 26, 2017 11:15 AM  

VFM #6306 wrote:Mead is the purple drank of beer, which is the prison liquor of alcohol.

This is about wine, infidels.

You just had to go there, didn't you?

Enjoy your rancid, sweetened fruit.

Blogger Bobo #117 December 26, 2017 11:19 AM  

"What language is this?"

"It is, in fact, educated. copyright(c)Simon Evans"

I don't care who ya are, that's funny right there. Copyright (c) Larry the Cable Guy

Anonymous Causal Lurker December 26, 2017 11:23 AM  

I really enjoy the Chilean wines, from Torres and competitors. The reds are a touch smoother, with less tannin overbite. Now I'll have to check the wines from their original vineyards in Catalonia. Great recommendation.

Chilean growers make an art form of Carmenere (a minor Merlot cousin elsewhere) by itself or as a major blending grape. I made a very nice homemade blend from Carmenere, Malbec, and Pinot Noir (2-2-1), that's maturing quite well.

Blogger Bobo #117 December 26, 2017 11:23 AM  

"What language is this?"

"It is, in fact, educated. copyright(c)Simon Evans"

I don't care who ya are, that's funny right there. Copyright (c) Larry the Cable Guy

Blogger Jed Mask December 26, 2017 11:31 AM  

Don't drink too much and read your Bible folks.

Anonymous Roundtine December 26, 2017 11:32 AM  

I liked Shiner Holiday Cheer.

Haven't cracked my bottle of brachetto d'acqui yet.

Blogger Gordon Scott December 26, 2017 11:39 AM  

Aquila, I'm sorry, but "Ste Chappelle" and "Idaho" should not exist in the same paragraph. I'm sure the wine is good, though.

Sadly, I haven't had any wine since 2001. A drop will give me a migraine. I really used to enjoy wines, and a good beer here and there. However, I have found something nice. Ikea has their Glogg mulled fruit drink. Heat it up, it's a beautiful dark red, very flavorful, and inexpensive. SOME PEOPLE adulterate with vodka or Akavit, but I do not.

Blogger Jon D. December 26, 2017 11:54 AM  

Excellent. I'll look for these.

Anonymous E Deploribus Unum December 26, 2017 11:55 AM  

My go-to over the holidays. Lovely, and not overly pricey for the 2014.

Blogger szopen December 26, 2017 12:00 PM  

If you live in Europe and like white sweet wines, you can try Moldavian ones. They are surprisingly good for their price.

Anonymous TS December 26, 2017 12:09 PM  

Here you go, Cupcakes Vineyards Prosecco from Sams Club.

•Sparkling White Wine
•100% Prosecco
•From Veneto (Italy)
•Aromas of white peach, grapefruit and honeydew melon
•Flavors of creamy ripe lemon, refined citrus and a toasted brioche finish
•Pair with melon wrapped in prosciutto, a gorgonzola crostini, or fettuccini alfredo
•11% ABV

Anonymous zebedee December 26, 2017 12:15 PM  

An excellent Ribera del Duero is Tomas Gonzales Roble.

Anonymous Ominous Cowherd December 26, 2017 12:28 PM  

MEC wrote:What language is this?

I believe your sentence is written in English, as is this reply.

Jed Mask wrote:Don't drink too much and read your Bible folks.

Excellent advice on both counts.

Anonymous 2106 things I Hate December 26, 2017 12:34 PM  

Hmmm, Red Zinfandel, Ravenswood winery. Sonoma, CA.

Last time I was there, they had a sign in the tasting room:

"Zin is Red, Zin is Red, Zin is Red. If you think Zin is White: Go back to San Francisco"

Blogger Quilp December 26, 2017 12:44 PM  

I actually had the Cupcake Prosecco (left over from Peach season) on Christmas eve. Don't knock it till you try it.

Blogger LP9 December 26, 2017 1:01 PM  

Whats the most ideal protein to match with Celeste Crianza for dinner?

Anonymous Anonymous December 26, 2017 1:25 PM  

What signifies this “too much”?

Anonymous Anonymous December 26, 2017 1:26 PM  

@LP wild venison

Anonymous Anonymous December 26, 2017 1:26 PM  

LP9 - sorry

Anonymous Ominous Cowherd December 26, 2017 2:13 PM  

LP9 wrote:Whats the most ideal protein to match with Celeste Crianza for dinner?

Don't know about that wine, but grass fed beef is hard to beat. It's right up there with venison.

Anonymous Viiidad December 26, 2017 2:21 PM  

Concho y Toro Cab/Merlot 85/15 is really good for the price. Chilean wines have become my favorites.

Blogger LP9 December 26, 2017 2:30 PM  

21 a delight as a small stem.

Venison is it, very good choice. The white is sweet would that bode well with roasted chicken if one doesn't like a sweet wine?

Merry Christmas, I just can't grow up, I bounced outta bed, turned up the better Christmas music this morning, its still Christmas til mid 1/2018. No one came to yoga or ballet but 3 faithfuls, we fired up the frankincense and myrrh chunk incense and it was a great great session. I miss grandmas side dishes with the varied wines she matched with everything; steak cutlets with cauliflower and (lite small amount) sherry wine pasta sauce she later used wines even vodka that us kids could dip bread in. Lovely times.

Wonderful light happy post about Christmas spirits.

Anonymous Anonymous December 26, 2017 2:41 PM  

Merry christmas ;)

Such irony, such projection, such butthurt... Mmm, delicious.

Anonymous patrick kelly December 26, 2017 2:51 PM  

Scotch and cigars today but I do enjoy an occasional red wine I'll take these recommendations into account

Blogger Rantor December 26, 2017 3:05 PM  

Our house bubbly is Francois Montand Brut Blanc de Blancs - not from Champagne so affordable and very good. For Christmas I opened a 94 point Grand Cru Champagne, and was disappointed-it was good but not worth the price.

Blogger Mr Traumaboyy December 26, 2017 3:08 PM  

You sure you spelled them things right! I could not find a one at WalMart! Must be one of those expensive boxed wines. Sad truths of my rural area

Anonymous Brick Hardslab December 26, 2017 3:12 PM  

Brandy, bourbon, a little Bailey's for the egg nog and homemade apple back.

Anonymous Concerned I Am December 26, 2017 3:20 PM  

Oh Vox, have you no regard for the last vestige of your credibility?

Anonymous 11B December 26, 2017 3:51 PM  

I know the oenophiles....

I admit I had to look it up. But that is why I like reading this site. You learn something new everyday.

Blogger VD December 26, 2017 3:57 PM  

Concho y Toro Cab/Merlot 85/15 is really good for the price.

Yeah, that was one of my parents' table wines back in the day.

Blogger SirHamster December 26, 2017 4:16 PM  

Jed Mask wrote:Don't drink too much and read your Bible folks.


Drink enough and read your Bible, folks.

Blogger Gordon Scott December 26, 2017 5:10 PM  

Dang, LP9. My grandmother was nothing like that. She had a bottle of medicinal bourbon, but I never saw it open.

"Here ya go, kids! Vodka fondue!"

Blogger Glenn Phillips December 26, 2017 5:51 PM  

My go to white and a decent red for holidays.

We have the greatest wines. You've never seen wines so great...MAGA!

Anonymous CitizenOutkast December 26, 2017 5:58 PM  

Yes, but which goes best with liver and fava beans?

Blogger Scott Birch December 26, 2017 8:57 PM  

Spiced tomato juice.

Blogger Meng Greenleaf December 26, 2017 9:18 PM  

When I was working on my PhD I used to work in a vineyard a few times a year to help out my supervisor (who owned it). Anyway, they had a game where they'd buy wine and have a huge BBQ (usually lamb) and ask all of the invited local growers to guess the price (or suggest the price they'd sell at). One bottle was a white (I can't recall the type) and everyone guessed a price ranged somewhere from $25 to $40. They'd bought for $5. A grower asked where, his wife said, I bought every case they had :) I thought that was pretty interesting. An older grower once asked me if I knew the difference between a $20 bottle of whine and an $80 bottle of wine? I of course was clueless and said no. He said: $60 :P

Anonymous NobodyExpects December 27, 2017 5:05 AM  

Tabarnia is not Catalonia.


Blogger Gordon Scott December 27, 2017 12:23 PM  

@41: Spiced tomato juice.

Dang, I have quite a bit of that. I keep forgetting. It's a by-product of making pasta sauce. I shall go get some now.

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