You are here: Home » Christmas » Holiday Splurge Wines Holiday Splurge Wines Christmas,Holidays,How-To,Wine 101 http://relish.com/articles/holiday-splurge-wines/ by RelishNovember 21, 2011 Wine expert Wini Moranville shares the season's best for entertaining, gifting and sipping in her holiday round-up. http://pgoarelish2.files.wordpress.com/2011/11/img_7854.jpg Share this: Pin ItEmailPrint Crisp Sauvignon Blancs often come to mind in summer, but the French, who produce renowned takes on this grape, enjoy the wine year round. In the Bordeaux region, winemakers often blend their Sauvignon Blanc with varying levels of other grapes, including Semillon, a fleshy, low-acid pick, and Muscadelle, a richly aromatic grape. The resulting wines can range from light, citrusy quaffs to more round and complex, full-bodied bottles. There’s a place on your party table for both this season. The catch: You won’t often find the name of the grapes on the bottle. Instead, look for the name of growing region to find a style you like. Generally, wines labeled Entre-Deux-Mers will have a light, crisp appeal. Reach for these when you want a refreshing, stand-alone apéritif or holiday-party quaff. Those labeled Graves or Pessac-Léognan often bring more body, minerality, and finesse. These, too, work well as stand-alone sips, but will especially sing when served with the season’s most festive oyster and shrimp appetizers. Here are three moderately priced picks, plus two splurges (if you’ve been good, perhaps Santa might stuff one in your stocking). If you can’t find these particular bottles in your area, find them online, or head to the local wine shop and let the wine-seller point you to the style of Bordeaux white you seek. Chateau Bonnet Entre-Deux-Mers ($13) Chateau Lestrille Entre-Deux-Mers ($12) Chateau de Fontenille Entre-Deux-Mers ($15) Clos Floridène Graves White ($25) Chateau Olivier Pessac-Léognan White ($30) Note that Entre-Deux-Mers wines are best enjoyed within one or two years of release. Pessac-Léognan may be drunk young or aged several years. Share this: Pin ItEmailPrint Cheese Puffs (a la Julia Child) A savory, cheesy side dish. Tortilla Shrimp Bites These roll-ups are a low-fat party dish. BLT Bites These stuffed tomatoes make a great appetizer. Tempeh Bites with Curried Peanut Sauce Tempeh is braised in sweet, spicy soy flavors for intensely flavored nibbles that are perfect with an Indonesian-inspired nut sauce. Barbecue Pork Puffs These amazingly rich bites put a tasty spin on tender Southern-style barbecued pork.