Christmas Wine Recommendations

Only a few days and it’s Christmas. But what would the perfect Christmas dinner be without an outstanding wine? In this article I will recommend you a few wines that I consider to be ideal for Christmas.

Trabucchi d'Illasi - Amarone 2004 The wine you pick should of course depend on the dish(es) you intend to cook. In Germany we celebrate Christmas on Christmas Eve and I’m going to prepare a meat fondue for that occasion. Cheese and meat fondues have a long tradition in Germany even though the origins are Italian and French. The Swiss consider cheese fondue as their national dish. I find the meat fondue to be a lot tastier though. Another advantage of this dish is that a large variety of superb red wines go very well with it.

My choice this year will probably be an Amarone della Valpolicella. Amarone is considered to be one of Italy’s best wines but be aware that the growing success of the Amarone caused some wineries to mass produce it. The process for producing Amarone is very long  and therefore excellent ones tend to be rather expensive. Trabucchi d’Illasi has an outstanding Amarone della Valpolicella. I’m going with their 2006 vintage. The winery also has a cheaper 2007 vintage called Terre del Galante but the wine is a little bit inferior in quality to their regular Amarone. I’ve previously reviewed the Terre del Galante here. Maybe you wonder why I go with Trabucchi d’Illasi. The answer is quite simply. They produce one of the best Amarone in Italy. Their 2006 vintage won the “tre bicchieri” award from the Gambero Rosso and also other reputable Italian wine guides gave the wine excellent ratings. In general their wines are considered to be among the best and one of the most important Italian wine critics Luca Maroni regularly awards their wines, too. In fact Trabucchi’s Recioto della Valpolicella 2006 was selected as the best red wine of Italy.

All the ratings don’t mean too much though. I picked the wine because it’s perfect for special occasions like Christmas. It’s taste is unique. Amarone tends to have an outstanding bouquet with many aromas which can range from red and black fruits to chocolate to chocolate, caramel and spices. More detailed tasting notes for the 2006 Amarone della Valpolicella DOC from Trabucchi d’Illasi can be found here. If you haven’t red the tasting notes for the wine yet then better do it sooner than later! You won’t regret it. The wine is simply one of the best of its kind. This quality has it’s price and the wine retails for 58€.

2000 Agriverede - Plateo - Montepulciano d'AbruzzoDon’t like Amarone? What a pity! But no problem. There are other great wines out there that will make your Christmas dinner unforgettable, too. Next to Trabucchi’s Amarone I recommend the following three red wines to red meat dishes.

  1. 2007 Cavalierino – Vino Nobile di Montepulciano – Nobile di Montepulciano DOCG Retails for 23€. 91 Veronelli points.
  2. 2005 Agriverde – Plateo – Montepulciano d’Abruzzo DOC Retails for 40€ The 2004 vintage won 3 glasses. from the Gambero Rosso. Winery is considered one of the best from Abruzzo.
  3. 2008 Cantine Due Palme – Selvarossa Riserva – Salice del Salento DOC Retails for 15.50€. “3 glasses” from Gambero Rosso

I had a hard time deciding between the Amarone and the Plateo. Montepulciano d’Abruzzo are among my absolute favorite wines. Maybe on Christmas Day I’ll go with the Plateo from Agriverde. I’m going to eat goose on Christmas Day – Just like with the meat fondue there is long tradition to eat goose on Christmas Day. But maybe my wine choice for Christmas Eve will change from an Amarone to a Montepulciano d’Abruzzo.

Not sure what I will have as dessert on Christmas Day and Christmas Eve. Maybe I’ll just enjoy a glass of Recioto della Valpolicella or some other sweet wine. And since I already told you that the one from Trabucchi was selected as the best of red wine of Italy it’s a no brainer that I’m going once again with a wine from Trabucchi d’Illasi! The review for their 2006 Recito della Valpolicella DOCG can be red here.

So what are you going to uncork for Christmas? Let me know in the comment section. Also you might have noticed that I haven’t written any posts in the last couple of days. I was very busy and had no time but I now plan to write more often again. I hope this article helped those of you who are still undecided on what wine to buy for Christmas! Just remember you can’t go wrong with an Amarone.

But what would Christmas be without mulled wine? I’ve got some easy to make mulled wine recipes for you! Perfect for Christmas!

9 comments on “Christmas Wine Recommendations”

  1. Sean P. Reply

    Montepulciano sounds like a nice Christmas wine. We cebrate on the 25th though and not on the 24th 😉
    I’m still undecided on what to open but I have five or six Montepulciano d’Abruzzo in my cellar. Not sure if one os an Agriverde wine though.

    • vino in love Reply

      I think the majority of countries celebrates Christmas on the 25th. I don’t know why in Germany we celebrate mostly on Christmas Eve. In Italy for example they celebrate on the 25th in the early morning.
      Five or six Montepulciano d’Abruzzo? That’s fantastic! I’m sure one of them will suit the occasion.

  2. talkavino Reply

    Sounds like all good choices! I would dare to make a recommendation to the expert – I would probably go for Montepulciano with the fondue, and the Amarone with the Goose – but I didn’t taste either of the wines you are mentioning, so this is just a guess.
    As we don’t celebrate Christmas, I don’t plan any special wines for the 24th. But we are invited to the friends house for dinner on 25th, and I plan to bring Bordeaux (not sure which one yet) and 2003 Neyers Cabernet from Napa.

    • dr1nkforl1fe Reply

      Montepulciano or Brunello di Montalcino would be my Italian picks with fondue. Amarone is great but I think it’s always hard to match it with food due to it’s unique special taste.

    • vino in love Reply

      Might over think it again and pick the Plateo Montepulciano over the Amarone. I won’t get disappointed with either of them. Amarone is just such a lovely winter wine.

      I’m planing to buy a few Californian wines in the next months. I’ll wait for your tasting notes on the Cabernet 🙂

      I was almost certain you would go with a Rioja 😉 isn’t that your favorite type?

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