Holidays at Home: Part III The Finest of Wine with Bob and Trang

Lillian Minix By: Lillian Minix

When I was little, my mom would have a glass of wine in the evening after a fulfilling day of work. Though there was rarely anything to actually whine about, she called this special part of her day ‘wine-ing.’ I even remember her picking up one of those hand painted rustic signs in an antique shop that said something like, “Sip Happens, It’s Okay to Wine.”

I’m betting there are at least a few of us out there that channel my mom this time of year. In the spirit of the season, our wine specialists, Bob Roop and Trang Vu of Timmons Group offered to wine on our behalf, and they have some wine and food pairing recommendations to share.

Bob suggests that wine pairs nicely with any holiday meal, and well, he’s not wrong. Depending on the style, you can pair with seafood, vegetables, red meat, or poultry. White wines best accompany a light protein like fish or chicken while red wines marry well with heavy proteins like steak.

For lighter meals, Bob suggests a mild viognier or chardonnay. A particular favorite of Bob’s is the inexpensive Picoul de Pinet which he says pairs well with turkey and oysters.

To pair with beef, Bob recommends a Pinot Noir, particularly a 2019 red burgundy by Bourgogne or the sought-after Châteauneuf-du-Pape, a 2012 Rhône-style red blend by Domaine Duclaux. These wines are full-bodied but not overpowering on the meal they accompany.

“You can see it’s not really heavy like a cabernet, it’s sort of ruby red, not too dark, and it has a good nose,” he says about the Burgundy. “And the alcohol content is usually in the 13-14% range.” Good looking out, Bob.

Trang also reminds us to greet guests with a chilled glass of champagne or prosecco on their arrival. A little bubbly never hurt anybody.
Bob and Trang have given us the best gift of the season: The gift of not having to hunt through the wine aisle. With their recommendations, you’re sure to impress anyone with a perfectly paired glass.

After all is said and done, it’s time to have your own glass and wine about the joys of entertaining. ‘Tis the season!