Friday, December 25th, 2015

10 Wines Top Sommeliers Will Be Drinking This Holiday Season

1. Mark Bright, Saison, San Francisco
Wine: Hudelot-Noëllat, Chambolle-Musigny, France, 2012

2. Jonathan Leopold, Alinea, Chicago
Wine: Delamotte Blanc de Blancs NV Champagne, France

3. Katie Spigner, The Catbird Seat. Nashville
Wine: Dr. Von Bassermann-Jordan, Trocken Riesling, Pfalz, Germany, 2014

4. Jack Mason, Marta, New York
Wine: Passopisciaro, Contrada Sciaranuova, Terre Siciliane, Italy, 2012

5. Maxwell Leer, Hatchet Hall, Los Angeles
Wine: Domaine Bordenave, Cuvée des Dames, Jurançon, France, 2012

6. Ken Bolick, The Allison, Portland, Oregon
Wine: J.J. Prüm, Wehlener Sonnenuhr, Kabinett Riesling, Mosel, Germany, 2009

7. Heath Porter, Uvaggio, Miami
Ar.Pe.Pe, Sassella, “Stella Retica,” Riserva, Lombardy, Italy, 2006

8. Mariel Wega, Fork, Philadelphia
Proprietà Sperino Lessona, Piedmont, Italy, 2010

9. Jason Smith, Bellagio, Las Vegas
Hirsch Vineyards Chardonnay, Sonoma Coast, 2012

10. Cappie Peete, McCrady’s, Charleston
Chanin, Bien Nacido Vineyard, Chardonnay, Santa Maria Valley, California, 2013


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With so many flavors hitting the holiday table, what’s the best way to go about pairing food with wine? Which grapes are the most versatile? Eater reached out to 10 of the country’s leading sommeliers and wine experts to hear what each will be drinking this year with dinner. From red to white to bubbles, below, suggestions on how to stay lubricated, in good taste.

1) Mark Bright, Saison, San Francisco


Wine: Hudelot-Noëllat, Chambolle-Musigny, France, 2012
Price: $55
Bright: “I would suggest Hudelot-Noëllat Chambolle-Musigny, 2012. It’s about $60 and is one of the best values for super high quality winemaking in Burgundy. It is great with birds, root vegetables, mushrooms—any one of which you will find at any holiday party.”


2) Jonathan Leopold, Alinea, Chicago


Wine: Delamotte Blanc de Blancs NV Champagne, France
Price: $45
Leopold: “This year, like every year, I’m opening a bottle of Delamotte Blanc de Blancs NV Champagne for the holidays. Delamotte is the sister house to the great Salon, both are located in Le Mesnil-sur-Oger in the Côte des Blancs, and their Blanc de Blancs is 100 percent Grand Cru Chardonnay. The minerality and purity of this wine is a great way to start the holidays, and the acidity makes it a versatile pairing for all of the assorted family dishes that usually appear. Delamotte is one of the first houses to get me excited about Champagne when I started learning about wine; now it’s still a favorite.”

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