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A Holiday Pair

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Here’s my first Holiday Pair pick. A white to start and a red to follow – or however you want to play it. Both are local, and really good.

It’s impossible not to feel good drinking Charmes Riesling. Off-dry with delicious, joyful summer day feelings. Perfect for creating a happy mood. The spicy flavours would partner well with turkey or ham.

As holiday meals are usually earlier in the evening, it’s best to go with light reds such as Pinot. Even lightly chilled. Charmes wine is a good mix of fruity, earthy and refreshing. With the gulpability of something you’d find at a French bistro.

A few years of bottle age has added an extra dimension of flavour, character and charm to these wines. I’ll be shocked if you’re not absolutely delighted.

CHATEAU DES CHARMES 08 Riesling ‘Old Vines’, VQA Niagara on the Lake 277228 (Vintages) $16.95

CHATEAU DES CHARMES 08 Pinot Noir, VQA Niagara on the Lake 195511 $14.55

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