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Sommelier offers advice: what wine to put on the table for Christmas?

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUOld Latvian belief states that there should be at least nine dishes on the Christmas table. Latvian folklore does not offer much advice on choosing appropriate beverages to go with pies or stewed cabbage. To make things easier for residents, Rimi sommelier Marcis Mitrevics offers advice on picking the best wine for different Christmas dishes.

Gingerbread and mandarins – the smell of freshly-baked gingerbread mixed with the sweet and juicy aroma of mandarins form the true smell of Christmas. These Christmas treats go well with advanced mulled wine, which is added with special spices and a spoon of honey per 1 l of wine during the warming process and some brandy after it is ready.

Sweet grandmother’s pies – cinnamon buns and poppy buns go well with wine of Gevürztraminer grape variety. Its aroma is not unlike a mix of sweet spices with a taste of pastries. Sweet treats make wine more sour and bitter. Because of that, wine for desserts should be as sweet as the dessert itself.

Pork roast with potatoes and stewed cabbage – this traditional Christmas dish is an often guest on festive tables in Latvia. Because Latvian traditional cuisine is similar to that of Germany, half-dry Riesling would be a great choice. If you think red wine would suit meat better – Italian Valpolicella Ripasso from Veneto is just as good. It should be taken said that acidity of food also reduces acidity in wine, making it richer and sweeter.

Salmon or white fish – there are many different methods for preparing salmon for the Christmas table. But not everyone knows that even a single ingredient added to the dish can drastically affect the choice of wine. For example, baked salmon with vegetables without dill goes well with white Chardonnay. Steamed salmon with vegetables and dill goes well with Semillon and Sauvignon wines, such as classic Bordeaux.

Canapés – if you wish your Christmas table to have a more modern feel to it, feel free to make canapés with caviar, lightly salted salmon, trout or shrimp. Mitrevics recommends Champaign or sparkling wines in this case – Prosecco would be a fine choice.

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