Ask the Patch Pro: All About Holiday Wine Selections

Need the advice on a perfect pairing? Need a good gift idea? Ask our pros all your vino questions in the comments section below.

The holiday season is a time of celebration, good food and, of course, an adult beverage here or there.

Whether you're entertaining, attending a holiday party or need to pick up an easy gift, a good bottle of wine goes a long way. But, with so many options, which brand, flavor or color do you choose? What is a tasty dessert wine? What sets off the main course perfect? Is there an inexpensive bottle that's perfect to bring to a gathering?

Here to help answer all your holiday wine questions are three "Patch Pros"—local industry workers, managers and wine buffs:

Add your question in the comments section below and our experts will get back to you with their suggestions.

Cheryl Theisen November 21, 2012 at 01:16 PM
What do you think of Apothic White paired with Turkey with the normal sides of mashed potatos, etc.? I think it would be a perfect compliment and I'm looking forward to trying it...unless you have reservations?
Steve Grausam November 21, 2012 at 01:27 PM
If your looking for that wine that is not to sweet and not to dry then Apothic will work just fine. If you like sweeter, then a Riesling would be a better choice. If you like a dryer white I would recommend a California Sauvignon Blanc. Sterling Napa Sauv. or Kenwood Sauv. would be a couple of good choices.--Enjoy!
Bill Fillmore November 21, 2012 at 01:55 PM
Apothic White has quickly become popular with folks that prefer less dry white wines. Some other interesting and tasty white blends that you may want to try in the future are Sokol Blosser's "Evolution" and Caymus "Conundrum". Both are good quality examples of precision blending.
Paul Whackernutz November 21, 2012 at 03:03 PM
Try an Alsatian Riesling. It's somewhere in between a traditional Riesling and a Sauv Blanc (the California ones, anyway).
brenda visnovec November 21, 2012 at 03:29 PM
Paul made a great point as Australian Riesling's tend to be a bit drier than American. There are also a couple of new Rieslings in the market namely the Bridgeview Blue Moon Sparkling and the Frisk Prickly Riesling that have a light effervescence to them.


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