Sunday, December 26, 2010

Christmas wines

We had osso bucco for our Xmas dinner, sothe wines had to be Italian. For our aperitif we opted for a bubbly, a bottle of Villa Santi Prosecco de Valdobbiadene from The Veneto. I was a bit leery of it because the Spumantis are often just sweet but I need not have been. This is a nice, fruity but not overly sweet quaff. If you're one of those folks who are put off by the assault on the taste buds that a French brut provides this might be you thing. $13.49.

To go with the veal we chose a Tuscan white, a Pietrafitta Vernaccia di San Gimignano 2009. This is a fullbodied wine with some depth to it, exhibiting pear and spices. It brought out the full flavor of this complex dish. $12.99.

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