Well, Christmas is almost upon us and there are a lot of choices for Christmas dinner. The two traditional meals are roast (prime rib) and ham. My mom always went for the ham and it made sense. My family consisted of six children and a mother who struggled financially, although most of us as brothers and sisters didn’t know that at the time. We were a happy bunch and my mother always put on a big spread for Christmas dinner. I personally did not like ham and if it wasn’t for the amazing side dishes, I probably would have gone hungry every Christmas (thank God for dinner rolls). When my chance came to have something other than ham for Christmas I jumped at the opportunity. It was all about prime rib for me and it’s been that way ever since.

One of the great things about roast, is picking out the wine to go with it. I indulge a bit with my choice for wine during this holiday. It’s all about big reds, which a prime rib demands. I recently did a YouTube episode which focused on budget friendly reds to have with prime rib. For a lot of folks it makes sense to find good reds that are under twenty bucks. A prime rib is not cheap, so it helps if you can find a red wine that is not expensive but over-delivers. Check out the episode, I think you will find my picks interesting.

I tend to dive deep into my wine closet to find a couple of gems for Christmas dinner. I have been stashing wine away for many years and I have had the good fortune of some pretty amazing bottles that have been given to me by friends. That being said, I find great satisfaction in finding one that I put away for a few years that was not expensive but ages well. It’s a fun experiment and nine times out of ten I am rewarded with a nice, big red that didn’t blow the budget. Of course, it’s always good to have a couple of back-ups just in case. It’s a great time of year for wine, food and family. I wish you all a Merry Christmas and a better year in 2021.


Stan The Wine Man

About Stan The Wine Man

I am a blue collar wine guy who has been in the biz for over twenty years. I work at a store in a tourist destination stop. I work hard at finding the best wine for the money. I love the challenge of learning my customer's palate so I can find the best wine for them, whether it is Petrus or white zinfandel. Cheers!
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