While the cartoon above does not deal exactlywith the question about what wines to serve with Holiday dining through Christmas and New Years,, it clearly resolves the answer about turkey. The answer is everything since Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc go great with the white meat and Pinot Noir and Cabernet Sauvignon certainly match up with those always moist and succulent legs. The big susprise is that Sparklers well priced around the world seem to go great during Holiday revelry from the opening toast to the end of the evening …and the great thing is all that cheer can come ant Bargain prices. The best selling wine worldwide is about $6 and available everyware .See below So here we go again for “That Time Of The Year” when the spirits flow as do the wines.Topping the list as always this time of the year are Sparklers and where they come from,In recent years Champagne has experienced explosive growth and a tremendous range of pricing. Thus the classic French “Methode Champenois” double fermentation can by found in wineries worldwide. The United States ,Spain and Italy are now prime producers of Sparkling wine . It cannot be called Champagne unless it is grown, pressed and aged in that small area 60 miles East of Paris. But remarkable progress has been made in the above countries with accompanying very competitive pricing. Meanwhile the French continue to think that the rest of the world is stupid and will run head over heels only for The Sparklers that say “Champane” from that small area South of Paris. We disagree and see below for FAF choices a shown, Far to the right is Charles Heidseck- Silver Top Lable which last year was the best true Champagne value available as low as $26. They are now in the mid $30s. If you must have the French stuff LOOK FOR MONTAUDON at TOTAL WINE saled at about $28 Next on the right is the perential priced right domestic Louis Roederer Reserve- Black Top Lable made in Napa by the French vintner of $300 Crystal. It can be found in all Supermarkets for around $18. One step from the left is far away our #1 Choice Sparkler, the Gold Top Lable!!!!l Louis Bruillot Cremant De Bourgogne hated by the overrated Louis Vuitton Moet and Chandon Dom Perignon Champagners and located a few miles out of their vaunted disrict. BUT in blind tastings equalled about 1/2 the Champagnes in the world. BuyBrut only. Rose is also available but perhaps not the equak. Total Wine now has 50 cases!!!! (600 bottle) on hand all the time since I reccomended it in FrankAoutFood.com last year. It is under $14 on sale. It constnatly beats Veuve Cliquot in blind tastings by the supposedly expert Champagne “Mavens” especialluy if they are lawyers. Finally at the left in the white upper lable is The Spanish made Methode Champenoise dual fermenation sparkler Cristalino. It is reputed to be the #1 wine seller (en toto el mundo ) in the world at $6 prox. Von’s Westlake tell us it sell more of it than any odther Von’s based upon ou constant rec. Think aboudt that New Years Party !!! A case of 12 is under $72. Serve with a towl and your friends will think you have hit the lottey. Again Brut only.
Note that all the Sparklers pix were taken on my desk at home in Westlake so you know I have imbibed all.
Finally and quickly the basics!!!! As we have observed for 50 years now, Asia and Europe dominate the car biz in this country because of lower personnel coss and dedicated workers. The same thing has taken place now in Australia, Portugal, Spain, Argentina ,New Zealand, Italy and South Africa when priced against high land and labo costs in this country. Southeast France now also competes strongly in The Poence area with its great value Rhone wines. If you must be loyal to your country consiuder anything from COLUMBIA CREST in anything they make (100,000 cases and more) at a time from Cabs to Chardonnay etc. The French cannot believe what comes from them and insists they are subsidized. All around $10. Now simply to a quick basic point our #1 choice in Red along with the rest of the World is Malbec Reserve by Norton fom the highlands of Argentina. They have been doing it for almost 150 years. Under $13. Our #1 White value is a Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand . If you love Chardonnay consider Ausralia as you search. Last year it was hinted that they had 100,000,000 cases, yep!!!! cases in their warehouses. That’s more than $10 Billion ,,,and as you know those aussies drink mostly BEER. If you are looking for a domestic step up look for Loeb in the Sonoma- Napa area. Their Pinot and Cab are great and saled under $20. New Zealands Framingham offers wine that tastes like $50 from Napa especially in Pinot Noir and Sauvignon Blanc. I love them both at $20 and $16.Nuff!! E-mail at Fredlich1@aol Now for taking the visitor from Idaho and Kansas who may have never seen the ocean. Clearly every one has heard of Malibu,the home of the drunk, drug taking Maserati wrecking movie stars. And you certainly would like to take your to dine there a mere 20 minutes away from your home via an exciing drive through the hills to one of the most interesting beach aeas in the United State with homes on the water worth up to $20 million. Well there are places to visit and places to avoid. Below is the pier at Malibu,
Malibu Farms Cafe is a down to earth fairly priced dining spot owned by a grower artisan that offers flavorful dining forlunch or dinner with fresh products from the farm served as you look at the surfing . You will connect with the beach.Daytime is preferred or visit early and stay for dinner. There are places to see and places to avoid. Nobu Sushi is now overrated and overpriced. Mastro’s on the beach is the most expensive steak joint in the US. Dinner for 4 can easily cost $600. Need a closer look at the beach and sea lions drive 5 minutes down to Duke’s Food is OK for the price but not as satifying to me as Malibu Farms , Avoid Gladstone’s at Sunset completely. It is tremendously overpriced. Malibu Farms is fun and real.