Good Better Best Holiday Wine Review 2012

There is so much to be thankful for this holiday season....Running Daddy, the Sweet Boy, great family and friends. 

One of the most exciting things to happen this year with Good Better Best Food is our partnership with Wine Chateau in New Jersey.  We decided to review holiday wines at Thanksgiving and I was thrilled when the wines arrived this past Monday.  All three of these wines would be a perfect compliment to any holiday meal or serve as a unique hostess gift. 

Running Daddy and I have been so impressed by Wine Chateau and their ability to recommend wines that we would not have thought of trying but after a few sips we are glad we did.  With over 15,000 wines on their shelves, Wine Chateau can recommend the perfect wine at any price point.

We were able to bring the wines to our Thanksgiving feast yesterday and we have some guest reviews as well!  The Best part is that all of these wines are between $10 and $16 so they will not bust your holiday budget!

The first wine that Wine Chateau sent was a Yarden Gewurztraminer or "Gewurz". 

Running Daddy's  reaction when I brought the Yarden home was "Oh Israeli wine...Get out" as he has always wanted to try Israeli wine. This wine paired nicely with the turkey and gravy.  While I always worry that a Gewurz will have too much residual sugar for my taste buds, there was only a hint of sweetness.  This sweetness balanced out nicely with the savory herbs of the turkey and also the roasted vegetables we had as one of our side dishes.

You could easily serve this wine again with turkey on Christmas and since it is Kosher it is an excellent hostess gift for a Hanukkah celebration.

Pinot Noir is always a strong call with turkey and the savoryness of dressing, so Wine Chateau sent a  Casas Del Toqui Pinot Noir Reserva from Chile. 

This is a very smooth Pinot Noir and even our most hard core red wine drinkers such as Decor Gal, Hot Sales and Dancing Granny loved it.  In addition to making an encore appearance with turkey at Christmas, this wine would go well with a Christmas roast beef or ham or with your cheese plate for a holiday cocktail party.

The final selection capped off our meal with a Penfolds Club Tawny 

This an Australian port-style wine that will finish off any dinner splendidly.  We are all pretty new to port-style wine but Running Daddy did enjoy some at my work holiday party last year.  Both Running Daddy and Dancing Granny can attest that this Tawny Port goes well with an old fashioned chocolate chip cookie.  I enjoyed it with a bite of chocolate pecan pie but it was best with my gluten free carrot cake.  The whisper of sweet with a lingering finish would also go well with pumpkin pie.

Remember that the Penfolds Tawny Port is a sipping wine, so either break out your cordial glasses or do what I did and pick up some disposable shot glasses at the party store for trying this one out. 

Another great way to enjoy the Penfolds Tawny Port would be to serve at a cookie exchange or if you are invited to a cookie exchange, bring it as a hostess gift with a pair of beautiful cordial glasses.  I will guarantee you that you will be the only guest who will bring a port style wine and this Penfolds will be a welcome addition to any home bar.

We so enjoyed Wine Chateau being part of our Good Better Best Thanksgiving.  If you are in the New Jersey area be sure to stop into their Metuchen or Piscataway locations for all of your holiday entertaining needs.  Not in New Jersey...not a problem, Wine Chateau ships all over the country. 

Enjoy the Best Holiday wine!


Cornbread, Sausage and Chestnut Dressing-A Good Better Best Thanksgiving

The holidays are upon us, with Thanksgiving this week. Even though I am gluten free, I still make an amazing cornbread dressing.  While this is not an gluten free stuffing recipe, I can attest that you can use gluten free cornbread and still have a dressing that will be the star of your holiday table.

1 tablespoon olive oil
1 pound sweet pork sausage, casings removed
3 stalks of celery chopped
1/2 medium onion chopped
1 6 oz. package of chestnuts peeled ( I used Trader Joe's)
1 tablespoon finely chopped garlic
1 tsp poultry seasoning
1 cup low-sodium chicken broth
Salt and pepper, to taste
4 cups (1/2-inch cubes) cornbread (about 3/4 pound), you can use gluten free cornbread, I use Pamela's

Preheat oven to 375 degrees

Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add sausage and cook, breaking it up as you go, until browned and cooked through, 7 to 8 minutes. Transfer sausage to a large bowl and set aside.

Add celery, onion and garlic to the skillet and cook until translucent.  Add poultry seasoning and cook one more minute.

Stir in broth, salt and pepper and bring to a boil.

Chop the chestnuts using a food processor and add to sausage.

Add cornbread to bowl with sausage and chestnuts. Pour broth mixture over the top and mix until well combined.

Transfer to a  9 x 13 casserole dish and bake until hot throughout, 25 to 30 minutes.

If desired, place under the broiler for a few minutes more to brown the top.

To make Better use one element of organic broth,  organic celery, organic/farmers market onions or organic sausage.  To make Best add multiple elements of organic broth,  organic celery, organic/farmers market onions or organic sausage.

Enjoy the Best Thanksgiving!
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