For the holidays this year, our CEO and Propriétaire Michael Baum is in San Francisco, his home away from Pommard. Here is how he will celebrate — California style.

Holidays with Michael

Michael is a passionate wine lover and food enthusiast. He often takes the time to prepare something for the team between meetings. Sitting at their desk or in the conference room, a tray of green smoothies might appear, or perhaps an arugula salad with pear, apple, toasted pine nuts, and a red wine vinegar dressing with shallots. 

We have a word in French to describe him — A “bon vivant”.

What will you prepare for your family this holiday season?

“Given we will be home in San Francisco together, I will have the pleasure of putting together some creative food and wine pairings that I’ve discovered this year. To start, we’ll be having a rather unusual combination which I recently found by accident. I was home getting ready to leave on a trip out of town the next day and didn’t have much in the kitchen. A simple can of New England clam chowder was the best thing I could find. Feeling a bit sorry about my meal, I decided to have a glass of our family’s Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru 2015 — just to balance out this meager meal! Laughter. What I discovered was magic. The acidity in the wine combined perfectly with the cream in the soup and the umami flavors in the clams. I couldn’t believe my taste buds. So I’ve decided to recreate the combination with homemade clam chowder and some of our Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru 2015.”

“One of the things about wine that I obsess about most is how it evolves over time and comes to display the most complex aromas and flavors.”

Michael Baum

When it comes to red wine, how do you pair the different vintages?

“Château de Pommard Clos Marey-Monge Monopole 2012 and 2013 are incredibly versatile wines for my holiday pairings. Tip a glass sideways and examine the color around the edge of the wine. The color is garnet, much less ruby than the color of recent vintages like 2016 or 2017. This is a sign the wine is starting to age. These flavors, what we call tertiary flavors, develop from bottle aging, give the wine more complexity that will pair well with my main entrée and side dishes. The palate of the 2012 and 2013 vintages expresses flavors of blackberry, chestnut, and vanilla, which helps make the perfect pairing.

November is Dungeness crab season in Northern California, and my family has a tradition of enjoying it for the holidays. Forget the cliché of only drinking white wine with seafood. I will pick the 2012 vintage of Clos Marey-Monge Monopole to pair with our fresh crab because of the aging of the wine has mellowed the flavors and doesn’t overpower the delicate crab meat. One of our side dishes will be asparagus with pecans, walnuts, and cranberries. The freshness in the wine will work with the umami flavors in the asparagus. Bread stuffing with turkey sausage is also a dish that the 2012 vintage would complement but not dominate.”

Shop Michael's Selection

Specially for the holidays, we have curated a selection of older vintages from our cellars. For the first time, purchase our best wines online and get them delivered directly to your doorstep.

Clos Marey-Monge Monopole
Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru
Clos Marey-Monge Monopole


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