Channel surfing this month? Flip through the program choices and you might come across Home Shopping Network or QVC’s Christmas in July promotions. Presumably you can beat the crowds and save money, all while thinking about the holiday season five months in advance.
As someone who enjoys the festivities, but doesn’t celebrate in earnest, I don’t have to worry about buying presents by the dozens, so waiting until the last minute is just fine. Rather, I prefer to embrace each holiday as it arrives in turn – Halloween in October, Thanksgiving in November, Christmas in December – and not a moment before.
So, you’ll forgive if an invitation to a “Holiday Dinner in July with Bordeaux” put me in mind of Bastille Day and not Boxing Day. But, that’s precisely what it was, Christmas tree, ornaments and all!
Outside, the heat and humidity kept people off the streets and huddled in front of their air conditioners and fans. Meanwhile, members of press gathered around the dinner table to hear from Daniel Johnnes, an award-winning sommelier and Wine Director for Daniel Boulud’s restaurant group to hear him regale us with stories, not of sugar plums, but of Bordeaux.
And, while I really wasn’t ready to think about the winter holiday season, the meal, prepared by Chef Michael Ciardi of the I was Really, Very Hungry supper club, was quite festive and a terrific match for wines selected from the Today’s Bordeaux line-up.
Inspired by the food and wine of the Bordeaux region, the dinner menu perfectly paired Bordeaux whites, rosé and reds with the bountiful cuisine and was a reminder as to just how food-friendly these wines can be anytime of year. In fact, everything was quite delicious and, with the exception of the main course (Roast Turkey Roulade with Bordelaise Gravy), could be just as easily served at a summer celebration.
So, whatever you are celebrating, keep Bordeaux wine in mind as a wonderful accompaniment to a sumptuous dinner, light luncheon or just leftovers. Either way, wine always makes any day special.
Holiday Dinner Menu
Shrimp and red snapper ceviche with heirloom tomato, orange, and fennel pollen
2012 Saint Glinglin Sauvingon Blanc, Bordeaux ($14.99)
Smoked and grilled seafood with chorizo
2012 Chateau La Rame Rosé, Bordeaux ($13.99)
Cabernet Braised Lamb Sliders with onion jam
2009 Chateau Lyonnat, Lussac-Sain-‐Émillon ($27.00)
Main Course and Sides
Roast Turkey Roulade with Bordelaise Gravy
2009 Chateau Jean Faux, Bordeaux Supérieur ($28.00)
White Bean “Stuffing” with turkey confit and sage
Twice Baked Potatoes with Bordeaux cheeses
Haricot Vert with shiitakes, shallot, and anchovy and herb vinaigrette
Apple, Rosemary, and Honey Tart with Whipped Goat Cheese
2009 Castelnau de Suduiraut, Sauternes ($15.00)
For tasting notes on Bordeaux wines, please see my previous article, Great Bordeaux Wines.