Whether you are looking for wines to serve or give during the holidays, it’s a good idea to have a wide selection available for you and your guests to enjoy. This season, our hospitality guru, Dave Rice, suggests four wines that will pair with everything, from appetizers to fish, meat, pasta, and even dessert!
2017 Chehalem Mountains (Corral Creek Vineyard) Pinot Noir
For sheer versatility, you just can’t beat this wine. Whether you’re serving poached or grilled Pacific salmon, roast turkey, game meats or pasta, Corral Creek hits the right notes to serve with main courses or savory side dishes like roasted vegetables and other vegetarian fares.
2015 Stoller Vineyard Pinot Noir
Serving a standing rib or beef tenderloin roast with all the trimmings? Stoller Pinot Noir is a knockout choice. With a distinct aroma of fresh earth, and flavors of tart black cherries and a firm tannin structure that linger on the palate, the result is a memorable experience that enhances both the wine and the roast.
2016 Reserve Chardonnay
Lighter seafood entrees and appetizers call for a wine with a fine balance of richness and vibrancy. Look no further than our Reserve Chardonnay, which showcases the sun-kissed fruit from our sister winery, Stoller Family Estate, married with the gentlest touch of oak from the center of France. Your family and guests will thank you.
2016 Corral Creek Vineyard Riesling
This beautiful, slightly off-dry wine offers charming aromas of orange blossom and lemongrass and a palate presence that’s light on its feet. Pairings like roast turkey, country ham, sage-seasoned stuffing, latkes, crab cakes or savory desserts will be happy to meet their perfect match.
Born and educated in the maize plains of Illinois and Iowa, Dave found his calling in the mid-80s when he met several Oregon winemaking pioneers on a sales swing through Austin, Texas. Soon after, he relocated to Oregon with his young family. He worked as National Sales Manager for a local winery before embarking on a detour through the world of human capital management, software, and professional services sales. Proving you can go home again, he came to Chehalem in 2008, eventually landing in his current role as Director of Hospitality.
When he’s not in the tasting room in Newberg, Dave is spending time with his wife Ann, and their grown sons, Andrew and Jordan. He can also be found tending his vegetables; depleting and replenishing his wine cellar; exploring Oregon’s majesty; watching the Portland Timbers or Trail Blazers, and hanging out with his dog, Serena.