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. With so many foods on the table during the holidays, your pairing ideas should shift away from pairing a perfect beverage with a dish, but selecting a beverage that compliments the range of flavors on the table. From chilled shrimp and steamed lobster to turkey or a classic roast, these wines will be up to the challenge and be delicious to boot! This year I am going to put a little more emphasis on drinking California to show our support of the wildfire victims this fall that have devastated Northern California wine regions. First up is a 2-for-1, in that you support both a local producer and California at the same time. Ruth Lewandowski’s Dinos to Diamonds Riesling hails from California fruit and then is fermented and cellared in SLC. Such a stellar dry wine full of minerals, stone fruit and high acid. Pick it up at his urban winery in So. Salt Lake for $26 and know that all the proceeds will be donated to CA wildfire causes. Another lovely CA wine for the holidays is the Heitz Grignolino, $23.22 and available at the DABC stores, which will impress your hipster friends and relatives. This light red shows well with a slight chill on it which brings out the fresh red fruit nature of the wine. The style is all the rage in bigger markets and for great reason. There is something so right about enjoying a fruit driven, low tannin red, with a slight chill.Finally, one of my favorite Basque ciders, Txopinondo - $11.50, at the DABC is certainly perfect foil for your table. Although hard cider is a great pairing option year-round, ‘tis the season for apples. Basque ciders are often tart, low in carbonation, a little acidic and have just the right amount of cellar funk. Think salads, shellfish and sweet potatoes for this one.Salud!
Ruth Lewandowski’s Dinos to Diamonds Riesling
Heitz Grignolino Napa