Sherwood Estate (New Zealand) Pinot Noir; Adam, Alsace (France) Gewürztraminer

By Paul Lukacs

Published on December 10, 2007

Why not offer your guests a choice of red or white with this wine-friendly open house menu?

Look for a white with enough heft to stand up to the hearty cheesecakes, and a red that won't overwhelm the baked ham.

Here are two suggestions:

Adam, Alsace (France) Gewurztraminer "Reserve" 2006
Imported by Billington, $24

Dry gewurztraminer, with its rose petal and concentrated exotic fruit flavor, can be a delicious partner with ham. Many of the best come from Alsace in northeastern France.

Sherwood Estate, (New Zealand) Pinot Noir
Imported by Southern Starz, $17

Good Kiwi pinot noirs avoid the excessive sweetness that mars so many American renditions of this super-trendy varietal. This one offers exceptional value.

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