The holiday season is a time of celebration and bringing family and friends together around the table. John Terlato, vice chairman of Terlato Wines, believes that the intersection of delicious food and exceptional wine help create a memorable experience for everyone. From red or white to sparkling wine, John Terlato recommends these to help celebrate the season:
Terlato Family Vineyards Pinot Grigio (pictured) – Delicious and versatile, Terlato Pinot Grigio pairs well with a wide variety of holiday foods such as grilled fish or shellfish, roasted chicken, turkey, rich risotto and creamy pasta dishes. Aged in French oak barrels, the wine features lively notes of Granny Smith apple and stone fruits and has an appealing texture and weight. Easy to drink with almost any food! $24.
Sanford Pinot Noir – A medium-bodied red wine, Sanford Pinot Noir hails from the Santa Rita Hills on the central coast of California. This is an exceptionally food-friendly wine that pairs well with poultry, pork and veal as well as hearty pasta dishes rich with mushrooms, Parmesan cheese and other savory dishes. It similarly complements charcuterie and a variety of cheeses from sharp cheddar to creamy Brie, making this a top pick for any gathering. Its versatility also makes it a great gift too. $32.99.
Rutherford Hill Chardonnay – A rich, round, balanced white wine with delicate aromas of apple and honeysuckle giving way to the full-bodied, wonderfully layered flavors of fruit and balanced acidity. Underlying notes of citrus and vanilla add to the complexity. This is a wine that is perfect with almost any type of cheese or hors d’oeuvres, as well as a host of entrees and side dishes, from seafood to poultry and pastas, gnocchi and risotto dishes. Its versatility and exceptional quality make it a crowd favorite! $24.99.
Nino Franco Rustico Prosecco – Everyone thinks of sparkling wine during the holidays, but a good sparkling wine need not be reserved for only once a year. Nino Franco Rustico Prosecco is very fine, persistent, pleasant, crisp, fruity and flowery sparkling wine. It’s excellent as an aperitif, with an appetizer or as a dessert wine for cakes and cookies. $18.