By Carrie Winkoop
What to bring your host: I love to bring my host/hostess a wine that has special meaning to me. Find a bottle from a place you recently visited or from where you grew up and include a note as to why you chose the bottle and hope they can visit someday. I love to travel to Southern Oregon where the wines are completely different from those in the Willamette Valley. Try Red Lily 2013 Tempranillo $35, Quady North 2016 Rose $16
What to serve at your holiday dinner party: It’s important to find a few wines that will appeal to the broadest range of guests. Select a red, white and sparkling so that everyone will have something to enjoy. For the red, I recommend a bigger and bolder wine will serve you well in these cold winter months. Try a Barbera, Dolcetto or a Malbec, something rich and fruity. You can find them from their countries of origin, Italy and France, but you can also find some amazing examples here in Oregon too. Viola Wine Cellars specializes in all things Italian, or try Troon Vineyards in Southern Oregon who makes a gorgeous Malbec. For the white, select a crisp white like Sauvignon Blanc from J Christopher Wines or a Marsanne, Roussanne, Viognier blend from Cliff Creek Cellars. When it comes to sparkling, there are many reasonably priced options available from small Oregon producers that will wow your guests and not break the bank. I love the Sparkling Jezebel Blanc from Willful Wine or the complex Sparkling Pinot Noir Rose from Maysara. Try: 2017 Sparkling Jezebel Blanc $17, 2017 J Christopher Sauvignon Blanc $25, 2016 Troon Vineyard Malbec $35
Sparkling for New Year’s Eve: Champagne is amazing but it ain’t cheap! And if you’re hosting a house full of guests on New Year’s Eve, you’ll want to serve something fun, affordable and delicious. I love the new wave of bubbles coming out of Oregon. From Day Wines Mamacita (a blend of Vermentino, Early Muscat, and Orange Muscat) to Anne Amie’s Sparkling Pinot Noir Rose to Brooks Sparkling Riesling there’s a slew of unique and affordable sparkling wines being made all over Oregon to chose from: Brooks 2015 Sparkling Reisling $40, 2016 Day Wines Mamacita $25
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