Wine Recommendations for November 2009, French Wines For The Holidays!

Wine recommendations for November 2009. The holidays are fast approaching so our thoughts turn to parties, family celebrations, and wine. It sometimes seems overwhelming, and we worry about what wine goes with what dish. If you family celebrations are anything like ours, it gets pretty hard to pair wine and dishes, since we tend to have many different family favorite foods, rather than a coordinated menu.

We include French dishes and Mexican dishes, generational family favorites and new "acquaintances". It seems that every member of the family, and every guest, has a "must have" dish. That dish that spells Thanksgiving, or that brings back childhood memories; and we aim to please, but it can get a little crazy.

With this melange of flavors, what do we do about wine? No problem, we stay with wines that will go well with a variety of foods. They may not be the absolutely perfect match, but they will complement most of the dishes quite well.

You may want to have more than one type of red wine and one type of white wine. You may prefer to have two of each. Since you are the maestro who is directing this special orchestra, you get to decide the direction.

Here are some ideas for you. This month we'll look at French wines. Wines that are well regarded, at great prices, and versatile.

Enjoy the wine recommendations for November 2009


The Whites

Trimbach Riesling Alsace 2007. This beauty is fantastic in taste and in price. Very versatile, and it pairs well with so many dishes. Notes of peach and minerals. Score of 91, $18.00 USD. France

Helfrich Pinot Gris Alsace 2008. Well balanced, with notes of quince and peach. A bit spicy and with nice acidity. Score of 90, $16.00 USD. France

Helfrich Riesling Alsace 2008. Another nice Riesling, this one with notes of honey and apples. Light wine that goes with everything. Score of 85, $15.00. France

M. Chapoutier Cotes du Rhone White Belleruche 2008. A white with some presence; fresh notes of melon and peach. Score of 87, $13.00 USD. France

Domaine de la Citadelle Cotes du Lubéron White Le Chataignier 2008. Light and bright! Notes of flowers and peach. Score of 86, $16.00 USD. France

The Reds

Georges Duboeuf Morgon Jean Descombes 2008. I love Beaujolais, and this one offers notes of rose and raspberry. Easy on the tannins, spicy and elegant. Score of 89, $16.00 USD. France

Domaine des Escaravailles Cotes du Rhone Les Sablieres 2007. Rich and spicy, with notes of cherry and plum. It is a balanced wine with a some acidity. Wonderful! Score of 90, $14.00 USD. France

Image du Sud Cotes du Rhone La Ferme de Suzon Cotes Brunes 2007. Fresh and spicy, with notes of currant and cherry. Score of 87, $12.00 USD. France

Alain Boisson Cotes du Rhone-Villages Cairanne Domaine Cros de Romet 2007. A beauty! Rich and deep. Notes of licorice, plum,and black cherry. Even with so many layers, it still fresh, and quite elegant. Score of 91, $18.00. France

Domaine Jaume Vinsobres Altitude 420 2007. Oh such lovely notes of boysenberry, licorice, and graphite. Score of 90, $18.00 USD. France

Wine Recommendations for November 2009! Great French Wines at Great Prices!

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