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We are pitting Cabernet Sauvignon from the famed Cabernet Sauvignon stalwart Napa Valley against Sonoma, its upstart, funkier neighbor to the West. Napa and Sonoma are separated by the Mayacamas Mountains.
In Twas The Night Before Christmas, it was sugerplums that danced in the children’s head. But, when I think of Christmas, I think of ham dancing across the dinner table. Ham seems to be as ubiquitous to Christmas as Turkey is to Thanksgiving. That got me thinking, what wines would go well with ham. Since Christmas is such a festive holiday, I wanted the wine to be festive as well. And, what could be more festive than sparkling wine.
We put together an eclectic list of wines in our attempt to cover all parts of the meal, as well as making sure that there is something for everyone.
I recently finished reading My Life in France by Julia Child and Alex Prud’homme. And, despite the fact that Julia Child is dead, I was insanely jealous of her life by the time I finished. Who knew that Julia was tasting her way through Burgundy, as well as attending the esteemed Cordon Bleu. Was it the kind of jealousy that drives a person to assume another’s identity or commit rash acts? No. Rather, it was … Read more
It was the moment that I knew that I had finally turned into a full-on wine geek. It wasn’t the moment that I thought such an epiphany would strike. Was it in the middle of one of my many wine classes? No. Was it in the middle of the Bordeaux en primeur tasting? No. Was it when I purchased the Wine Grape Varietal Table (like the elemental chart but with wine grapes instead)? No, but … Read more