Another year almost over and the last newsletter of 2011. This one is holiday focused-
Some of you who followed my column over at Garden and Hearth might remember Natalie MacLean who is a wine expert. She’ just written another book, this one’s titled Unquenchable and devoted to bargain wines. I asked her to share with us some of her suggestions for great wines for the holidays and here they are. Be sure to check out her Web site at http://www.nataliemaclean.com/
2010 Peter Zemmer Pinot Grigio, D.O.C., Alto Adige, Italy: Fresh and alive like spring white linens blowing in the breeze. Lime and lemon zest. Mouth-watering and medium-bodied. Pair with: seafood chowder. $15.95 Score: 88/100.
2010 Konrad Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough, New Zealand: One of my favourite Sauvignon Blancs, and it’s incredibly well priced. Herbal and zippy but not too grassy. Terrific acidity for food. Love it! Pair with: sea bass in a citrus sauce, pan seared chicken with a creamy tarragon sauce. $17.95 Score: 90/100.
2009 Montes Carmenère Alpha, Colchagua Valley, Chile: Yes, yes, yes! I am referring to the wine: this is simply amazing for the price. The total package. Packed with gorgeously layered fruit yet there’s acidity and elegance. Pair with: Korean ribs, herbed steak. $19.95 Score: 92/100.
2009 Château Rochecolombe , A.C., Côtes Du Rhône, France: Tremendous quality and taste for the money. Black raspberries and cherries with smoky cedar notes. Full-bodied and smooth. Gold Medal at the 2010 Concours Général Agricole in Paris. Decant for 1-2 hours. Drink: 2011-2015. $14.95 Score: 89/100.
2007 Terre Nere Rosso Di Montalcino Campigli Vallone Pierina, D.O.C., Tuscany, Italy: Satin smooth and enticing. Juicy with black cherry. Pair with: beef stew, lamb stew, dishes featuring grilled portobello mushrooms. $17.95 Score: 89/100.
Gloria Ferrer Brut Sparkling Wineméthode Champenoise, Sonoma County, California: I’ve been a fan of this bubbly for years: It’s beautifully made and so refreshing. The price is an absolute steal. Get a case for the holidays. $21.95 Score: 90/100.
Chocolate Event and Giveaway on Twitter
I just received information about this event which takes places on Twitter to night-
(Tuesday, 12/6) Scharffen Berger Chocolate Maker will be giving away 5 Everything Basic Baking Gift Sets as part of our Holiday Recipe Exchange, on Twitter, from 7-8 PM EST. With all the baking products you need to whip up this holiday season’s masterpiece, the baking set is perfect to use during the holidays or as a great hostess gift. Please feel free to invite your readers to participate for a chance to win.
Cohosting with Scharffen Berger Chocolate @ScharffenBerger will be our panel of baking experts: Babette Pepaj of @bakespace, Matt Armendariz of Matt Bites @mattarmendariz, Jamie of My Baking Addiction @bakingaddiction and Susan Whetzel of @doughmesstic.
It should be an excellent opportunity to exchange holiday recipes, gain inspiration and useful tips, and chat with baking aficionados and dessert lovers.
A Snack and Gift
I forgot to include this one in last week’s gift guide. Great for the holidays and for gift giving too-
·Need a hostess gift in a snap? Bring a box of Nonni’s Biscotti with you. Nonni’s traditional recipe use real eggs, butter and gourmet bittersweet chocolate to give each biscotti a light, crunchy texture that is delicately sweet. They make the perfect complement to any desert table, when served with coffee, or a special treat the host can save just for herself in eight delicious flavors including Orginali, Caramel Latte, Cioccolati, Decadence, Limone, Toffee Almond, Triple Milke Chocolate and Turtle Pecan.
Unexpected guests? No problem! set out a plate of Nonni’s Biscotti Bites for guests to nibble on. These mini-versions of the beloved classic provide a unique eating experience crafted with the finest, all natural ingredients available in three delectable flavors: Almond dark Chocolate, Caramel Milk Chocolate and Classic Almond.
Need a delicious snack on the run? Each Nonni’s Biscotti is individually wrapped making it a great treat to throw into your purse for a delicious treat as you run errands before hosting or attending a holiday event. Baked with high quality, natural ingredients and half the amount of sugar compared to other cookies, they’re also a guilt-free snack.
More Pies and Turkey
And if you didn’t get enough pie and Turkey at Thanksgiving, I received these two recipes last week that I thought I’d share with you courtesy of Thai Kitchen http://www.thaikitchen.com/
Place frozen pie crust on foil-lined baking sheet.
Mix eggs, sugar, pumpkin pie spice and salt in large bowl until smooth. Stir in pumpkin. Gradually add coconut milk, mixing well. Pour into pie crust.