2 2020 Holiday Wine Guide - Mount Ida Reserve

Whether you are on the hunt for the perfect wine to pair with your Christmas feast, to stock up on sparkling to ring in the New Year (and celebrate the END of 2020, am I right?), or looking for a bottle or two to gift so that you and your loved ones can share a toast remotely during the holiday season, Mount Ida Reserve is here for all of your holiday needs.


Our wine picks for your traditional Christmas Eve and Christmas Day dinners


Christmas Ham or other Pork Roasts – pair with our 2017 High Ridge Petit Verdot. 100% Petit Verdot aged in both new and neutral French oak; providing a smooth and balanced oakiness perfect with the sweet flavors of your holiday ham. 


Turkey – 2017 High Ridge Cabernet Sauvignon – the last of our 2017 vintage, one of the best recent years for red wine in Virginia. Our 100% Estate-grown Cab Franc is robust and spicy with notes of black pepper and dark fruit; dry with beautifully balanced tannin. A perfect pairing with your Christmas turkey.


Crown Roast, Prime Rib, or other Roast Beef – 2017 Mount Pleasant Tannat – our newest varietal release and recent winner of a Bronze medal at the San Francisco international wine competition. Our biggest and boldest red wine with nuances of a very dry port wine. Dry and robust to stand up to the hearty flavors of red meats.


Duck or Goose –  pair with our 2017 High Ridge Reserve Red; our Meritage-style blend. Consisting of Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and Tannat our 2017 vintage boast deep color and complex aromas. With notes of plum, raspberries, and spices, this complex wine is a perfect balance to the rich flavors of roasted game.


Feast of the Seven Fishes – we just can’t choose so we have two wine recommendations for your seafood feasts! 

For white drinkers, pair with our 2018 Mount Pleasant Viognier. Our 2018 vintage is aged in both stainless steel and neutral French oak; making this wine both rich and bright with vibrant minerality: perfect for pairing with fish.

For you red drinkers, we suggest an unusual selection: our 2019 Mount Pleasant Malbec Rose. a summer 2020 release and a recent recipient of a silver medal at the San Francisco International Wine competition. This rose boasts a gorgeous ruby pink color and the nuances of a light red wine; making it an ideal pairing for your rich and oily fishes.


Dim Sum – sparkling, sparkling, and always sparkling. We suggest our Over the Moon sparkling wine to pair with your holiday dim sum. Aged in stainless steel, and boasting notes of apricot, white flowers, limestone, and honeysuckle, this bright and creamy sparkling wine is perfect for celebrations.


Holiday Desserts – don’t miss our 2017 Chambourcin dessert wine. This port-style wine is a show-stopper, with notes of dark cherries and tobacco and raisin flavors of a traditional port. Perfect with your favorite holiday pies, cakes, cookies, and sweets.

New Year’s Celebrations

Don’t miss Mount Ida Reserve’s two delicious sparkling varietals….


Over the Moon Sparkling is ideal for those drawn to traditional champagne style sparkling wines.


For our rose lovers, our 2018 Stargazer’s Sparkling Rose is a gorgeous blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Cinsault, Merlot, and Malbec. Bright, dry, and delightful.


Stop in to the Tasting Room to taste wines and choose your perfect bottle and don’t forget to peruse all of our holiday gift options! Upgrade to a gift set to include two souvenir glasses and a Mount Ida wine key with your chosen varietal. 

For the collectors out there, you will want to be sure to snag your 2020 Mount Ida Reserve Collector’s Pewter Ornament!


And for those of you who prefer to shop from the comfort, and safety, of home remember we also offer shipping! Feel free to order from our online store or call in to the Tasting Room to place an order over the phone.