Let me make a case for Riesling as the perfect Holiday Food wine. Allow me to take an economist approach to the holiday which would be something like “how can one reach the highest level of pleasure during the Holiday at the least cost”. The classic problem that arises with Holiday food is the richness and abondance of the food available coupled with the desire to celebrate with the family. Think about the traditional Thanksgiving dinner (Sweet cranberries, rich potatoes, pumkin pie, poultry…) or about a Christmas meal (at my house generally crab cakes, lox, a huge chocolate sponge cake with lots of Xmas decoration on it). All those meals are about large amount of food, something sweet and something salty, lots of time at the table, talk with family and hopefully a good card/board game to prolong the evening. I have done too many holiday parties were the richness of the wines clashes with the food and most likely send you to a lethargic state well before the end of the party. By now you should know that my antidote to all your problems in life is Riesling and that indeed it will provide you with the greatest pleasures at the most reasonnable price. First Riesling has high acid cutting through the fat and handling sweeter or spicy dishes very well, it will go perfect with most food and is a true chameleon adapting to the food you match with it. Second, Riesling has gentle alcohols and sometimes low alcohol by wine standard (you should be able to find Rieslings between 9 and 12% alcohol) helping you to enjoy a glass while not falling into the arms of morpheus in minutes. Thirdly, Riesling is elegant and not oaked which makes it an enabler wine, a bit like salt or pepper, Riesling does not take the center stage, it helps the food to take the center stage. As far as which Riesling works best, I would recommend trying a Dry Riesling or choose a slightly off Dry (up to 4% Residual sugar) if you have to choose a silver bullet wine – one size fits all. For Riesling explorers (neophytes or fanatics), the Holiday meal is the perfect occasion to do a full Riesling dinner – where do I sign? should be the natural reaction to this revelation. Here is a sequence of pleasure that you should consider: Sparkling Riesling for the aperitif, a Dry Riesling for the main course and a salad if you have one, a 2-4% residual Riesling (like our Riesling made from Organic Grapes) for a cheese plate, you can finish dinner with it or open a sweeter style for dessert such as our Vin De Glaciere. For those 4 Rieslings (Sparkling, Dry Riesling, Riesling made from Organic and Vin De Glaciere) you would spend $50 on wine and you would have a 100% chance that the selection will go with the food. As an incredible bonus you would be having a complete Riesling exploration with the family; full pleasure at a great price.