With Abeja Cabernet Sauvignon 2006
Special Occasion Red of the Year (Columbia Valley, $43; available to winery mailing list)
Perfect pairing: Salt- and Herb-crusted Prime Rib with Fresh Horseradish Sauce
Why it works: The firm structure of a great Walla Walla Cabernet thrives in partnership with a well-marbled cut of beef to cushion the tannins just a little. Think of it as a feathertop on a firm mattress.
We’ve added earthy herbs to this beef to lock into Cabernet’s foresty quality. And fresh horseradish punches up its mint factor. Christmas menu solved.