Holiday Wine & Beverage Picks 2016

Looking for a fun beverage pick for your holiday party or Thanksgiving feast?  Scott Evans, Sommelier and Founder/President of Pago Restaurant Group offers a few of his top selections this year:

There are several classic wine pairing options that are certainly good bets for the holiday events – Beaujolais (Gamay varietal), Oregon Pinot Noir, and Alsatian Riesling’s (or Gewürztraminer) are some of my go-to’s. All are light bodied, fruity and cheery wines, easy to pair with a wide variety of foods that you see at holiday events and parties – from cheeses to fall vegetables and side dishes to pork, chicken, or turkey mains.

Still, if you have dined at Trestle Tavern or East Liberty Tap House, you may know my obsession with hard ciders from around the world. Hard cider is really a perfect pairing for Thanksgiving goodies – yams, dressing, mashed potatoes & gravy and yes, even turkey. A well-made cider “lightens” the hardy fare with refreshing acidity. If you could add some roasted apples to the dish, cider will pair perfectly with it! With a limited selection of ciders on the shelf at our state stores, your options are slim, but still adequate. A couple great options would be a new local cider from Mountain West (MTN x WST) in SLC — either the Ruby Cider or 7 Mile Cider — or the Sam Smith Organic Cider from England. All three are available at most DABC stores and range from $4.59 - $5.99 per 500ml bottle. Each will offer a refreshing and unique pairing that your friends and family will likely not bring to the table. And although hard cider is a great pairing option year-round, ‘tis the season for apples.

I am bringing a bottle of Zind-Humbrecht Gewürztraminer (floral aromas with elegant spice, dry fruity finish, approachable and long on the palate, ~$29 through the DABC ) and some Mountain West Ruby Cider (crisp, juicy red apple notes, semi-dry finish, bright, simple and approachable, ~$6 through the DABC) to the table. Cheers!
— Scott Evans, Sommelier & Founder/President of Pago Restaurant Group
Zind-Humbrecht Gewürztraminer

Zind-Humbrecht Gewürztraminer

Mountain West Ruby Cider

Mountain West Ruby Cider