We spoke to both Coravin and Giselle Sigala, Wine & Spirits Specialist at Chelsea Wine Vault, for expert advice on wine pairings this holiday season.
Nothing quite sets off a perfect holiday meal like a selection of incredible wines to pair with the dishes on your table. But pairing wines with dishes successfully can be difficult — and more often than not, downright intimidating. Not to mention the fact that opening six full bottles of wine at a small holiday dinner can seem irresponsible. Luckily, there's an easy solve for both of these issues. For expert help on wine pairings, we spoke to Giselle Sigala, Wine & Spirits Specialist at Chelsea Wine Vault. Sigala started out her career as a classically trained chef in New York and Mexico City before moving into the world of wine. She's a Certified Sommelier, and while her knowledge spans the globe and varieties of wine, her focus these days is on the intricacies of Burgundy and the unique and exciting spirits of Latin America. For the volume problem, add a Coravin Model Three to your holiday shopping list. Through clever design and technology, the Model Three allows you to pour single glasses from wine bottles without opening them. For more on the Coravin Model Three and to see Sigala's wine pairings, read on below.
The Coravin Model Three is the ultimate wine preservation system. As we mentioned above, it allows you to pour single glasses from a bottle of wine without opening it. It works by inserting a specially designed needle through the bottle’s natural cork closure, pressurizing the bottle with inert, medical-grade argon gas and pouring the wine into your glass. When you’re done, simply remove the System from the bottle. The cork closure will naturally reseal and the argon gas creates a blanket over the wine, protecting it from oxidation. All of that is to say, once you remove the Coravin System from the bottle, you can continue to savor that bottle for weeks, months or even years, without impacting the quality of the wine.
Pairing: Donnhoff Estate Riesling 2018
"Chamomile and ripe pear notes in Donnhoff Estate Riesling are a match made in heaven for sweet and savory glazed ham - a harmonious food pairing you’ll come back to every holiday season." - Giselle Sigala, Wine & Spirits Specialist at Chelsea Wine Vault
Pairing: Clau de Nell Grolleau 2014
"Switch up the usual Beaujolais wine pairing this November with Clau de Nell’s biodynamic Grolleau, a local variety of the Loire Valley which exudes notes of tart cherry, raspberry compote, and black plum." - GS
Pairing: Uvairenda '1750' Tannat 2016
"Savory, rich, prime rib is elevated when drunk with Bolivian Tannat - a high altitude, structured South American red displaying notes of cassis, baking spice, and espresso." - GS
Pairing: Maison Leroy Bourgogne Blanc 2015
"Maison Leroy’s 2015 Bourgogne Blanc displays beautiful aromas of golden apple, lemon curd, and bosc pear - a perfect match for tender roast duck (with crispy skin, of course). " - GS
Pairing: Palmer 20 Years Old Tawny Port NV
"Bring out some Tawny Port the next time you have pumpkin pie on the dessert menu. The baking spice notes you’ll find from the extensive barrel aging will compliment the cinnamon and toasty graham cracker crust in the pie." - GS