Whether it’s to give the holidays more cheer or make them tolerable, the perfect beverage enriches every holiday table. I recently polled some of the fine cheerful folks at Advintage to find out what they will be bringing to dinner this year. Apparently, the Sunier brothers’ Beaujolais is very popular amongst our team. I can’t argue, I have a mag of Regnie from both Julien and Antoine lined up. What’s a holiday gathering without sibling rivalry!?
While wine is requisite in my world for, who am I kidding, any occasion, there always has to be something to get the mood set and something to let everyone know it’s time to go. To set the mood, I’m bringing La Gritona Tequila Reposado. It helps even the playing field and lets you know what type of people you’re dealing with. At dinner, I’ll sip the shared Beaujolais while I sneak over to the plant where I’ve hidden Hure Freres Instantee 2009.. shhhh! Don’t forget, Tripel goes great with the meal, almost as versatile a pairing with all the different flavors as Riesling. Pick one and see if Im right. Allagash and St. Bernardus are classy, although Ive been around plenty of Golden Monkey families too. After the meal, be good, show thanks for coming and give everyone an Underberg as you direct their attention to either the door or the dirty dishes. Most importantly, Have Fun! ~Casey
Here’s what our folks had to say…
“TimePlace Grenache is not only a perfect wine for the holidays but a great wine to kick back, relax, and watch the sunset with. The label is of a beautiful landscape taken by John Duckworth and the wine is beautifully made by Jamey Whetstone; both of South Carolina. #drinklocal
Another one of my go-to wines for the holidays is a great bottle of bubbles. We certainly have a lot of fabulous sparklers to choose from, but this year I’m choosing Laherte-Freres Rose Champagne. Starting in 1889, Laherte vineyards are in the Epernay sub-region of Champagne and grow the famous trio of the area, Chardonnay, Pinot noir, and Pinot Meunier—making them major contenders to the big champagne houses. The Rose, however is Pinot Meunier and Chardonnay, a blend which will show up almost any other brut rose coming from this area (trust me, I’ve hosted the blind tastings.) Start popping these bottles now, you won’t be disappointed.”
~ Amanda Mitchell, Charleston Sales
“I’m drinking Château de Brézé, Crémant de Loire, Brut Rosé. Why? It’s delicious. Pairs with just about anything. Pop it early while prepping the meal and watch it open up. This wine walks the line... bright acidity fun with ANY hor d’oeuves you throw at it. As the wine stretches, the cab franc starts shining & provides some structure with firm tannins to pair up with lamb, roast, honey baked ham and of course deep fried turkey. Hungry now.:
~Aldo, Sales Manager
“Consortium Napa Cab...Why? Because we at Advintage also pool our resources for achieving a common goal. Thanks and Happy Holidays.”
~ Meg, Beaufort SC Sales
“Laherte-Freres Rose de Menuier Extra Brut....I love sharing bubbles with loved ones during the Holidays. Champagne has the most versatility in the World when it comes to food making it easy to hit the target. Laherte-Freres Rose de Menuier Extra Brut is one of the most exciting cuvees we get annually. It makes me happy and is absolutely delicious. Electrifying pink color with aromatics of red currant, raspberries, and spices. Super elegant yet powerful. Lean muscle that is driven from the silex soils. Fresh but well healed. Focused and fruitful with laser dry finish. Ready to dance when the music starts. Warning bring multiple bottles because you will wish you could have a little more when the bottles empty. I am thirsty now....”
~ Happy Holidays! Henri
“2017 Antoine Sunier Morgon. The frères Sunier are some of the most warm-hearted and ebullient winemakers you will ever meet. They ooze with warmth and have smiles that are inherently contagious. It is hard to resist these fine-spirited people and the wonderful wines they craft. They embody so much of what makes the region of Beaujolais and its wines so special.”
~Steve Hadden, Greenville Sales
“Pierre Ferrand Cognac 1840 for its versatility. Makes a great substitution for rum or bourbon in hot toddy’s, spiced cider or an old fashioned. You can sip it in a snifter with grandma or if your thanksgiving is dry, like my family’s, you can take shots with your brother in the driveway.”
~Micah McAllister, Spirits Manager
“Ok, these are real examples of what will be at my table....giving you a few options.
Marcel Deiss Alsace Blanc 2016 - an unexpected alternative to Riesling that my special guest 94yr old neighbor Irma will enjoy. Plus, 13 varietals sounds the subtitle to any family holiday dinner.
Albert Bichot Vieilles Vignes de Pinot Noir, 2016 - this wine is approachable and walks a beautiful balance between fruit and firmness, a compliment to the turkey with enough weight for those stubborn, red-only drinkers.
Silvio Grasso Langhe Nebbiolo 2016 - for day 2 or 3, because, Nebbiolo ❤️”
~ Jessica Haldeman, Purchasing and Marketing Director
“I love to bring a Julien Sunier, Fleurie 1.5 (or 2 bottles) to the Holiday Table. It’s the perfect all around Wine to compliment any dish on the table. And certainly doesn’t require food to make an impact! Fleurie is my personal favorite Cru in Beaujolais. I adore the aromatics, weight and texture of wines from this area.”
~Heather Smith, Wilmington NC Sales
“Current obsession: Chiarli Brut Rosé. Such a sexy little bottle. Interesting varietals, historic producer, and it comes across as an indulgent treat. Love with apps. Anything salty, bacon/prosciutto wrapped melon, hard cheeses. Cheese ball for those that like that.”
~Kaitlin Ohlinger, Columbia SC Sales
“Julien Sunier Regnie magnum with turkey, world's greatest pairing. And then for a gift to myself, Habit Cab Franc is the gift that keeps on giving. Homer Simpson once said there's nothing better than a cold beer on a hot Christmas morning and for that one I'd have to say Coast Boy King wins the race.”
~Andy “The Bezerkler” Berkler, Charleston Area Sales
“It’s easy to fall back on seasonal favorites here; Champagne, Beaujolais, Riesling. Classics aside, Mathieu Cosme’s, Le Facteur, Sparkling Vouvray has become a recent staple. French for, “The Postman”, the project’s namesake was inspired by the Parisian postal service who would deliver mail on bicycle in the 1920’s. After a semi-professional rugby career followed by a viticultural stint at Vouvray’s famed, Domaine Huet, Mathieu left to take over his father’s Estate in 2005. In doing so, he became the fifth generation to preside over the family’s property. He plows by horse, harvests by hand, and ferments with indigenous yeasts. The wine’s electric, and I find it works with just about everything. The Facteur will flow this holiday season...”
~Drew Summers, Asheville Sales