With a grateful heart, we have enjoyed having Kroger be our recipe underwriter the past year here at StyleBlueprint. This gave us the ability to test and create many more recipes for StyleBlueprint readers … ones made for easy weeknight meals and special occasions. Thank you, Kroger!
During this time, Kroger, along with other grocery stores, started carrying wine in Tennessee (anyone reading from a different state, yes, this is new to us in Nashville). And, we do enjoy the convenience of adding a bottle or two, along with flowers and items needed for the perfect charcuterie and cheese plate, to the cart while we are getting our groceries. The vast selection is fabulous, and remember that cases (even mixed cases of the same size bottle) are 10% off.
With that in mind, you may have some holiday gatherings coming up that have left you scratching your head for what wine to best pair with the occasion. No worries! Wine sommelier Ellen Skrmetti put together a little cheat sheet for December. We found wines with the help of the experts at Kroger that fit Ellen’s suggestions, and now you are set for your next grocery store run! Note that individual Kroger stores may vary in wine selection, and all bottle prices are for the 750ML. Take it away, Ellen!
With the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, it can be difficult to remember one of the most important pieces to the holiday puzzle … wine! Whether you are giving it as a gift or looking to pair it with your holiday feast, here are five of our favorite, although unexpected, wines that we hope you’ll try this holiday season!
Champagne and Sparkling Wine
Forever thought to be for New Year’s Eve and celebrations of the like, champagne has now proven to be perfect for any day that ends in Y. Whether large or small, start any holiday celebration with a glass of champagne to send the signal that it’s time to celebrate the holiday and let any stresses wash away! (SB TIP: Remember, in France, champagne is served with pretty much everything … many start their meal with a glass, and it’s common to see glasses of champagne at lunch. So, embrace the sparkling!)
Any wine from the Stags Leap District
Hosting a wine dinner or need a special wine for your favorite sommelier? Stop the guesswork and pick any wine grown in the Stags Leap District of the Napa Valley. This 5- to 7-mile stretch of land inside the Napa Valley is widely regarded as one of the best wine growing regions in the United States. Stags Leap is blessed with long, warm days that are cooled very quickly at night from the mountain air, which lends itself to a wine with a near perfect balance of acid and sugar.
If you love the red wines of Bordeaux, then there’s a great possibility that you’ve already experienced the finesse of Malbec as it’s often blended with other red varietals to make Bordeaux-style wines. On its own, it’s lovely as well, and depending on where it is grown (Argentina, Australia, Chile, Northern California, etc.), the characteristics and taste can vary. If you love Cabernet Sauvignon but want something a little softer for a relaxed night of tree trimming and laughing with friends, then Malbec will be a welcome addition.
Known as Vouvray in France, where wines are labeled for the wine region rather than the grape, this wine is similar to Pinot Gris and Sauvignon Blanc. You are sure to please a wide range of palates with this wine. Buy this for yourself and to give as gifts to your white wine-loving friends. Your friends will remember your gift throughout the year as it leaves a great first impression.
No time? No problem! Keep this wine on hand for the impromptu holiday gathering, or a night of binge watching Love Actually, The Holiday and Bridget Jones’s Diary. This light, crisp white wine can be thrown together with a plate of cheese, fruit and crackers or goes perfectly with a big batch of popcorn for a girls’ night.
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