Sonoma-Cutrer Wines: Perfect for the Holidays & Year Round

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With the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays approaching, I like to start making plans about what we’ll be serving our family and guests.  One thing I like to keep on hand for most occasions and for pure enjoyment, is wine. Sonoma-Cutrer’s selection of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay are great choices for all of these occasions. While we’re on the subject, they’re great for gift giving too!  Simply add a nice tag and you’ve got a quick and thoughtful gift.  I’m making a note to remind myself to do just that for all those parties and hard-to-buy-for people.  Perfect!

I love red wine. This vintage of Sonoma-Cutrer’s Pinot Noir is an elegant balance of sensuous fruit and lovely silky tannins. After I pour a glass, I swirl it around and enjoy breathing in the deep, dark fruit aromas of blackberry, raspberry, black cherry and cola.  Doesn’t that sound wonderful?  Classic red fruit flavors of cherry and wild strawberry are hallmarks of the elegance of Russian River Pinot Noir. The wine is round, silky, and elegant with a juicy mid-palate and a wonderful long finish.  Yes, pass me a glass.  I’d pair this wine with turkey, baked ham and mild cheeses.  It would also be great with something as simple as meat loaf.  Here’s a meat loaf recipe that was my Dad’s favorite.

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Tub's Favorite Meat Loaf

Main Dish
From Better Homes & Gardens 1930's era cookbook.
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  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/3 cup dry breadcrumbs or 1 cup soft breadcrumbs can use about 1 1/2 slices of bread torn into small pieces
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped onions
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce


  • Mix all ingredients thoroughly.
  • Place in 9x5x3 loaf pan, ungreased.
  • Bake at 350 for about 45 minutes.
  • Top with ketchup.
  • Return to oven for 2 to 3 minutes.
  • Serve immediately while warm.
  • May be frozen. To serve after frozen: place foil wrapped loaf on oven rack at 350 for 50-60 minutes.
Course Main Dish
Within the past year, I’ve fallen in love with white wines too.  Thank goodness because I was really missing out before!  Check out this delious Russian River Chardonnay.  It has fruit aromas of green apple, lime and pineapple that are complemented with touches of nougat, caramel.  Crisp and zesty flavors of lime, lemon drop and grapefruit are accented with peach notes and a nice barrel spice. A light, creamy mid-palate flows to a crisp, citrus acidity for a long, lingering after palate.  Can you even wait to try a glass?  There should be a pouring ability from this screen.  I’d pair this with fish, chicken or pastas in creme sauce.  When it comes to wine pairings, if you enjoy a red or white wine with a particular food then it is a good match for you.  Consider offering both red and white wine at your next dinner and see which you and your guests most enjoy.

Sonoma-Cutrer has been producing the finest quality wines since it opened as a vineyard company in 1973. Its foundation is built in the hillsides and rocky foothills of the Sonoma Coast Appellation which experiences long, even growing seasons due to its cool, foggy coastal climate.


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  1. Joy,
    Thank you for the education on wines, you’re quite the sommelier. Your meatloaf recipe sounds yummy.

    1. You’re welcome, Blue Falcon. I do love a yummy wine and really enjoy trying new ones. I’ve been making that meatloaf recipe for 25 years. It was one of the first things I ever cooked. Since it turned out so well, I never stopped making it. LOL! 😉

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