Moroccan Wines Will Spice Up Your Holiday Dinners

A collection of red and white wines to take you on an epicurean adventure

Dec 02, 2015, 08:00 ET from Moroccan Wines

NEW YORK, Dec. 2, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Moroccan Wines presents a unique selection of North African red and white wines to bring oriental flavors and colors to your holiday celebrations. As Americans look for new ways to celebrate, Moroccan Wines spice up traditional holiday foods such as turkey and beef, as well as seasonal vegetables and sweets.

Cozy Reds

  • Ouled Thaleb Medaillon Red: Fragrances of black cherry, cassis, plum, rhubarb and subtle spices set the scene for flavors. Soft tannins, lifted by a fruity and zesty touch, are a pleasure on the tongue. With this delicate blend of three renowned grapes, almost any red meat will do the trick. Whether you're preparing a turkey, lamb chops, or roasted beef, all will easily be paired with the Medaillon.

Grapes: 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Merlot, 10% Syrah
Vintage: 2012
Award: Wine Enthusiast Top 100 Wine of 2015 - 93 points - Editor's choice

  • Ouled Thaleb Moroccan Red Blend: This blend Cabernet Sauvignon and Grenache has a bouquet of cherry, vanilla, toffee and chocolate. There is a sunny warmth to this lush red that evokes its southern origins, and the juicy acidity keeps the palate balanced and food-friendly. Red meat is a great go-to partner for cabernet-based blends, but the tannins are soft enough to make it a good match for any type of aperitifs and canapes.

Grapes: 70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Grenache
Vintage: 2012
Award: Wine Enthusiast 91 points - Best-Buy

Light Whites

  • Ouled Thaleb Un-Oaked Chardonnay: Soft and refreshing on the palate, this wine has flavors of pear, fennel bulb and honeysuckle. Un-oaked wines bring out the true nature of the grapes along with elements of the soil in which they grew, allowing them to be lighter and fruitier, without the overwhelming flavors often created by barrels. You can pair this un-oaked Chardonnay with smoked salmon, seafood, roasted vegetables or cheese.

Grapes: 100% Chardonnay
Vintage: 2013

  • Ouled Thaleb Moroccan White Blend: This wine is made using Faranah - a unique and rare indigenous grape that grows only in Morocco - blended with some Clairette. Aromas of grapefruit, orange blossom, passion fruit and spearmint make this wine aromatic, fresh and bright. It can be served with spicy food, poultry and roast pots.

Grapes: 60% Faranah (native), 40% Clairette
Vintage: 2013

About Moroccan Wines

Moroccan Wine is solely represented in the U.S. by two brands.

Domaine Ouled Thaleb, established in 1923 as Thalvin, in the Zenata region, is known to be the oldest and leading winery in the renaissance of Morocco's wine industry. The vineyards are situated in the coastal region between Casablanca and Rabat, facing the Atlantic Ocean. A traditional winemaking approach and a notable respect for the land have led to the creation of a unique collection of wines, produced using indigenous varietals, such as Faranah, and classic French varietals, such as Grenache, Syrah, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Cinsault, Clairette and Sauvignon Blanc. Ouled Thaleb introduces the best of the Moroccan "Terroir" and has been imported in the U.S. by Nomadic Distribution since 2005.

Celliers de Meknes, founded in 1964 by Mr. Brahim Zniber, is the largest wine producer in the Moroccan kingdom. The region of Meknès is situated in the foothills of the ATLAS Mountains. Because of the high altitude, sunshine, and mild temperatures, Meknès is the choice region for vineyards in Morocco. Celliers de Meknès is imported in the U.S. by Nomadic Distribution.

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