New to Wine? Check Out Olive Garden
My wife and our two young girls love Olive Garden restaurant. I feign indifference but always seem to be the first one in the car. The approachable, forward-thinking wine list makes this a great place to learn. Here's why: You know the menu like the back of your hand; the wine adds a new twist. Olive Garden's list (most sold by the glass) offers familiar labels plus a number of real Italian gems (Rocca delle Macie and Marchesi di Barolo, for the more initiated). You're encouraged to sample (for free!), so try a few new wines.
Treat Yourself at Home
Staying home can be special too. Prepare a much-loved dish, and then complement it with one of my favorite wines.
- Chateau Ste. Michelle, Indian Wells Chardonnay, Columbia Valley, Washington ($17.99)
- Frank Family Vineyards, Chardonnay, Napa Valley, California ($32.50)
- Rombauer Vineyards, Carneros Chardonnay, St. Helena Winery, California ($29.75)
- Seghesio, Sonoma Zinfandel, Sonoma County, California ($20)
- Casa Lapostolle, CuveeAlexandre Syrah, Las Kuras Vineyard, Chile ($25)
- Chateau Potelle Winery, Cabernet Sauvignon VGS, Mt. Veeder, California ($60)
"Three Special Restaurants" is from the Home for the Holidays 2007 issue of Southern Living. Because prices, dates, and other specifics are subject to change, please check all information to make sure it's still current before making your travel plans.