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White-Wine Tasting Party

Red wine is the obvious choice for winter, so defy convention and try some full-bodied whites.

    By Kristin Donnelly, Megan Krigbaum


2007 Becker Vineyards Viognier ($15)

Texas is a natural home for the warm climate–loving Viognier grape, evidenced by this herb-scented, peachy wine from one of the state’s top producers. Pair with a butter- and-herb-roasted chicken.

slideshow  Roasted Chicken Recipes

2007 Dr. Konstantin Frank Dry Riesling ($18)

Perhaps New York state’s best producer, Dr. Frank is known for top-notch Finger Lakes–region bottlings like this ripe, appley Riesling. Pair with choucroute garnie.

Plus: Jacques Pépin’s Perfect Choucroute

2006 La Crema Sonoma Coast Chardonnay ($18)

The cool climate of California’s Sonoma Coast gives this wine crisp, concentrated pear flavors to complement its smooth vanilla notes. Pair with creamy pasta dishes.

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20 Holiday Parties:

  1. Impromptu 1-Hour Party
  2. Hanukkah
  3. Aprés-Ski Party
  4. Pantry Purge
  5. Cookbook Party
  6. Cheese Tasting
  7. Feast of the Seven Fishes
  8. Open House
  9. Fight Cancer with Cookies
  10. Gumbo Party
  11. Asian Tea Party
  12. Soup Kitchen Party
  13. White-Wine Tasting
  14. Antipasto Party
  15. Iron Chef Potluck
  16. Puff Pastry Prep Party
  17. Winter Solstice
  18. DIY Truffles
  19. Wrap Party
  20. Retro Cocktail Party

Published December 2008

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