Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Full Bottle Ahead

Lei ChicClothes shopping? No problem. You can pour over a rack, snag a label, and pair it with the perfect shoes in 30 minutes flat.

But when it’s time to pick up a wine for foodie friends you’re like a deer in red and whites. Pinot what? Cotes du Who? It usually ends with you corking over too much for an impressive-looking foreign label and praying you didn’t make a grigio mistake.

Breathe. We turned to Brasserie du Vin’s beverage manager and newly-certified sommelier Rebecca Fineman for a list of budget and not-so-budget bottles for every one of your winter events.

Note: We found almost all selections at Tamura’s Fine Wine and Liquor. Individual bottles can be found in various other wine stores.

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Elio Perrone 'Tas Mor Can’ Barbera d’Asti, Piedmont, Italy, 2009 - $14.79.
This full-bodied wine made the list for every festive meal. 

Holiday Dinner
When ham/rib roast/turkey is on the menu, you’re the one who ends up stuffed. Pick a full-flavor wine without a heavy finish to go with everything.
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Budget: Chateau Pesquie, ‘Terrasses’, Southern France, 2009 - $15.29

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Semi Splurge:
Martinenga, Barbaresco, Piedmont, Italy, 2006 - $47.99
Or Patz and Hall, Pinot Noir, Sonoma Coast, CA - $35.49

With omelets, fresh fruit, and other early afternoon fare, lean toward lighter wines with a fruity finish.
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Botani Moscatel, Spain - $16.79
Or Wolfberger, Pinot Blanc, Alsace, France - $13.29
Or any Prosecco – prices range between about $10 - $14

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Semi Splurge: Schramsberg Brut Rose, Calistoga, CA - $33.99

Heavy Pupu
The buffet holds a bunch of finger foods to savor and often a boatload of poke. So you’ll need crisp pours to offset the usually saltier bites.

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Craggy Range, Sauvignon Blanc, New Zealand - $17.29
Or Lamadrid, Torrontes, Argentina - $11.29

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Semi Splurge:
JJ Christoffel, Urziger Wurtzgarten, Riesling, Mosel, Germany, 2009 - $21.59
Or Au Bon Climat Chardonnay, Santa Ynez Valley, 2008 - $26.79

New Year’s Drink
Start 2012 with your glass half-full of sips that stand on their own without snacks but with just a kiss of bubbly.

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Scharffenberger, Brut, Anderson Valley, CA - $15.99
Or Any Prosecco

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Cadmille Saves ‘Carte Blanche’ 1er Cru Champagne, France - $49.99
Or Godme P’ere et Fils 1er Cru Champagne, France - $55.29

Brasserie du Vin is located at 1115 Bethel St. Call 808.545.1115 for reservations.

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Lei Chic is a daily email and shopping blog that plugs you into Hawaii's newest and hottest boutiques, designers, trends, spas and salons, and more. You'll also discover all the cool events, dinners and sales happening around town in our Weekend Picks every Thursday. With Lei Chic, you'll get the inside scoop on what everyone will be talking about tomorrow – in your inbox today.

Lei Chic associate editor Natalie Schack has been a cultural anthropology student,museum worker bee and dabbler in graphic design. When she isn't scouting new fashion, compiling to-do lists or crafting puns, Natalie spends her free time dreaming up elaborate picnic ideas; "researching" via YouTube tutorials, blogs and Instagram; and dusting off her pith helmet for the next adventure life throws her way.

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