Fair Trade Holiday Wine Selections


    This holiday season why not pair your free-range bird with a delectable Fair Trade wine? Etica is an exclusive importer of Fair Trade wine, and this fall the Minneapolis-based company added a bevy of new wines from Argentina and Chile to its unique portfolio.

    If it’s red meat on your plate, it must be Malbec in your glass! Soluna, Argentina’s first Fair Trade winery, offers a limited edition organic Malbec that pairs perfectly with herbed and roasted meats, vegetables and strong cheeses. Plum and blackberry flavors blend with hints of white chocolate, tobacco and terroir for a lush red wine that stands up to the boldest gourmet menus.

    Planning to serve duck or goose? Try Vinedos’ Torrontes, an underrated Argentine jewel. This exquisite white varietal offers wildly exotic floral aromas with green apple and citrus, and its long, clean finish is the perfect complement to rich fowl.

    Calesa’s Carménère is an award-winning Chilean wine from the Curico Valley. Its exotic blend of smoky raspberry, bell pepper, vanilla and spices is well suited with baked ham, pork and beef. Carménère also holds up nicely to spicy foods and indulgent desserts.

    And for the traditional holiday table, try the acclaimed Sémillon from Calesa. This classic, dry white Bordeaux varietal supports the smoky, succulent flavors of roast turkey, and pairs well with an array of side dishes with its melon, fig and spice characteristics.