Wine Is Fine at Holiday Time

This holiday season has been a bit different for me this year.  I have been studying for 2 different wine exams which meant a lot of wine tasting.  Last week I attended the Court of Sommeliers seminar and exam which was held at the lovely five star Montage Laguna Beach.  Not only did I attend the seminars there I also spent the night.  They extended a gracious rate to the studying Somm’s which saved me from commuting about 3 hours each day and I was grateful.  After a long day of lectures, I retreated to my lovely beachfront room ate dinner and studied. I thought to myself how luxurious this line of studies is!  Let’s face it this doesn’t happen everyday, and I just like all of you out there are enjoying the season, but it is a bit exhausting.  These days I find it more satisfying to have dinner with a few friends or just my family and enjoy some of these special “grown up drinks” as the Masters like to say.  So here is my list….

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Ragù “Boar”ognese
Photo by Anne Fishbein

Photo by Anne Fishbein

This is a signature Tuscan dish and this recipe reflects its authentic roots.   Wild Boar roams freely in the Tuscan hills and Italians have traditionally created dishes from what was available in their backyards.  This recipe calls for wild boar meat, however you can substitute it with whatever meat you prefer, as well as serve it with other types of pasta.  Traditional pastas used with this ragù are pappardelle or tagliatelle because of their texture and the way they absorb the ragù expressing the rich and hearty flavors.  This is a great dish for fall/winter and for your holiday guests!

 

Watch the GG Channel as Chef Alicia walks us through how to make it. Special thanks to Chef Sean for all his help.  I also include my wine pairing suggestion as I sip and savor this delicious meal. Cin Cin!

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