Gilroy Today 2012 12 Winter - Page 47

With Thanksgiving a mere few days past and Christmas looming just around the corner, I’m thinking of the many holiday rituals that we go through. Choosing wines for the holidays can be a little confusing. There are many opportunities to share wine with friends and family: wines for gifts, wines for the holiday dinner tables, and wines to share with special friends during this time of conviviality. Often, your wine selections can be very different. Here are a few suggestions: Wine, as a gift I always try to find something unusual and not normally available everywhere. Your favorite local winery can be a big help in this as they often have a few “special occasion” offerings that are not colder region like Mendocino will be better suited. And when I am asked about a vegetarian pairing, my choice is usually a hearty Chardonnay (like from Burrell School). Wine, for sharing with special friends I look for the unique and flavorful wines, like Negrette, Marsanne, Graciano, Grenache, Picpoul, or Carignane. De Rose in Hollister, Guglielmo in Morgan Hill, Bokisch in Lodi, Sarah’s Vineyard from Gilroy, Burrell School in Los Gatos, Terry Hoage from Paso Robles and Martin Ranch in Gilroy are some of the many places that these unusual wines can be found and tasted. They make great gifts, good dinner pairing and terrific tastes to share with special friends over the holidays. Holiday Selections By Mel Rodinsky Mel Rodinsky, retired after 30 years with IBM as a manufacturing systems consultant, has been a wine hobbyist for over 40 years. He chaired the San Jose Chapter of Tasters Guild, a large nationwide wine-tasting club, for 12 years. He currently represents small boutique wineries to restaurants and retailers throughout Santa Clara Valley and Santa Cruz. available anywhere else. All of the wineries in our local setting have something “special” this time of year. Another suggestion is to look for seasonal wines like Zinfandel, Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon or Petite Sirah, as they are most often associated with holiday gifting and the dining scene. Wine, for the holiday dinner table Whether it is turkey, ham or goose, my favorite choice is Pinot Noir. Be careful to choose the type of Pinot Noir to match the flavor, usually to match the sauce. For example: fruity stuffing or fruity glaze on the holiday ham will need a fruity Pinot Noir, usually coming from a hotter region (like Santa Barbara). If the sauce is more savory or earthy (like with mushrooms) then a drier less fruity Pinot from a And, don’t forget the bubbly There is one other special holiday wine that I need to offer as a holiday suggestion, and that is sparkling wine. They are always in order, and make great gifts, good dining and fine for sharing. In this viticultural region, Fortino and Guglielmo have some excellent sparkler buys for the holiday season. For those of you who are looking for something different in sparklers, how about Cava’s (from Spain), Prosecco’s (from Italy) or even sparkling Shiraz (from Australia); which are also sparklers like Champagne (from France). No matter what your choice is, there are plenty of holiday offerings to satisfy every taste, and make this holiday time of year special. Saluti! W I N T E R / H O L I D A Y 2 0 1 2 G I L R O Y T O D A Y 47