Here is a fast and easy guide for selecting perfect holiday dinner wines.
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Rachael Ray: Now I’m taking you to one of my favorite places in all of New York City Best Cellars. Best Cellars has 100 wines under 15 bucks and you don’t even have to be a wine expert to pick one out. That’s because my friend, owner Joshua Wesson and his dad can help you select the perfect wine for any meal and even a holiday buffet.
So start with this one here.
Joshua Wesson: Vinho Verde. It is made in Portugal. It’s light, it’s crisp, it’s clean, it has a little bit of fist and that takes all the saltiness throughout the pallet. It’s the greatest with antipasti and all the other things that you’ll be able to do.
Rachael Ray: It sounds perfect! Yet do you have a red companion to this?
Joshua Wesson: When you put that beautiful piece of B for that, you’ve got to have wine that’s going to be able to handle the fat, the flavor, the spices. I happened to love this one Nero D’Avola, a medium body red wine. It addresses all of those flavors.
Rachael Ray: I love this grape because it’s Sicilian like me. Okay, so now the desert you know, I’m doing this twist bread pudding thing. What am I going to serve with that?
Joshua Wesson: I am thinking about the port. When you’re making a port like this which is tonic, they age it in the barrel for you so you don’t have to age it in a bottle and it gets nutty and it looses a little bit of that intensity which makes it perfect.
Rachael Ray: And you had a tone which is a little bit fruity, and nutty and fruity, that’s my feeling. Then it’s got to be great.
Joshua Wesson: And you should invite me over and I'll bring it myself.
Rachael Ray: Done, if you are invited. If you’ll cover it and you’re bringing all the wine, that’s great!
Isn’t Joshua the best, he’s so much fun and so are all of the wines. My favorite here the Nero D’Avola that nice, spicy Sicilian grape, I've got that wine breathing. You should open them a few minutes before your gas arrived given time to it. You know, develop a little bit.