Loews Hotels Wine Line Returns to the Aid Of Busy Cooks and Gift Givers This Holiday Season

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The Wine Version of the "Turkey Hotline" is now on Facebook or Just an E-mail Away! Great ideas even on a budget!

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For years, our loyal guests from across the country have been contacting our hotels during the holiday season, and asking questions of our chefs and sommeliers

Looking for just the right wine to pair with your Thanksgiving turkey? Need an expert to tell you exactly what kind of red wine will complement your standing rib roast on Christmas Eve? Is there a drink that can stand up to your Bubby's latkes? Want a great bottle of bubbly to pop open on New Year's Eve? The wine experts at Loews Hotels are here to take care of all these questions for you and more, with the launch of the Loews Hotels Wine Line.

Before the holidays send you over the brink (and after you call the Turkey Hotline, of course) put down the corkscrew, take a deep breath and send an e-mail to: wineline(at)loewshotels(dot)com or post your query on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/LoewsHotels, click on the Wine Line tab. Knowledgeable, warm and yes, unpretentious certified sommeliers will help guide you through your wine pairing or wine gift giving dilemmas, no matter your budget. Loews Hotels promises to respond to all questions within 24-hours, if not sooner. The Loews Hotels 'Wine Line' will be available from November 5, 2009 - January 1, 2010. More information and holiday wine FAQs are also available on our website http://www.loewshotels.com/en/Promotions/Wineline.aspx and on our Facebook page, http://www.facebook.com/LoewsHotels .

"For years, our loyal guests from across the country have been contacting our hotels during the holiday season, and asking questions of our chefs and sommeliers," said Jonathan Tisch, CEO of Loews Hotels. "We have always answered those questions with great detail and expert advice, so the Loews Hotels Wine Line is our way of sharing the vast wine and food knowledge among our sommeliers and chefs with everyone. We are delighted to take some of the stress out of the holiday season whether you're planning a special meal or looking to give a gift of wine."

What lessons can be learned from the Loews Hotels Wine Line? Time will no doubt reveal stories and questions as entertaining as those posed to the Turkey Hotline over the years, but for now, consider these tips: While everyone knows that white wines go well with turkey, you may also want to consider a pinot noir, which has a bit fuller flavor than white wines. Because it has very few tannins, it will not overwhelm the meal. Also, keep in mind that salty or smoked foods are best served with sweet white wines such as a Riesling or Gewürztraminer.

"Regardless of what your wine dilemmas may be, we'll help you put the 'cheers' back into the season of cheer," says Tisch.

Sensitive to the current economy, Loews Hotels team of sommeliers have put together a list of 12 suggested wines and uses in the budget category (approximate prices):

White wine:
Chardonnay Frei Brothers, Sonoma, Sustainable: $19
Aromas and flavors of orange zest and green apple, with buttery and toasty undertones. Medium-bodied with a long, round finish
Chenin Blanc Dry Creek Vineyards: $12
Light and crisp with lemon - pairs well with poultry and seafood
Domaine des Aubuisieres Bernard Fouquet Vouvray Cuvee de Silex, 2007: $20
Contemporary version of an Old-Word style - pairs well with seafood and richer dishes
Sauvignon Blanc Chasing Venus, Marlborough: $16
Herbal and tropical aromas with bold flavors of grapefruit and gooseberry. Crisp, lingering finish
Viognier Anglim Winery, Paso Robles: $26
High color with floral accents of honeysuckle, white melons, apricots, and peaches - pairs well with turkey

Red wine:
Pinot Noir Domaine Carneros, Carneros, Sustainable: $23
Smooth and silky with fresh berry and jam aromas
Cabernet Sauvignon True Earth, Trinchero, Napa, Organic: $13
Subtle aromas of blueberry and blackberry, with flavors of oak, plum, and black currant. Medium-bodied with a mild, smooth finish
Syrah Havens, Paso Robles: $12
Meaty character, mocha-coffee and peppery spring to its finish on the palate - pairs well with beef

Sparkling wine:
Domaine Chandon Brut, Sustainable: $15
Fresh and lively with a hint of pear, fig and honeysuckle. Recommended as an apéritif
Gloria Ferrer, Sustainable: $20
Versatile wine with a touch of vanilla and plenty of acidity

Champagne:
Piper-Heidsieck Brut, Sustainable: $32
Crisp with a light brioche-style finish
Taittinger, Sustainable: $35
Complex with a nice bouquet of peaches and tropical fruit with a dry finish

Prices are based on current published retail prices and subject to change.

Have more to spend? Send us an email at wineline(at)loewshotels(dot)com or post on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/LoewsHotels for ideas!

About Loews Hotels
Headquartered in New York City, Loews Hotels owns and/or operates 17 hotels and resorts in the U.S. and Canada. Located in major city centers and resort destinations from coast to coast, the Loews portfolio features one-of-a-kind properties that go beyond Four Diamond standards to delight guests with a supremely comfortable, uniquely local and vibrant travel experience. Loews boasts some of the industry's most innovative and successful travel programs, including Loews Loves Kids for families and Loews Loves Pets for discerning animals on the road. For reservations or more information on Loews Hotels, call 1-800-23-LOEWS or check http://www.loewshotels.com.    

Contact:
Emily Goldfischer
Loews Hotels
212-521-2833

Michelle Colligan & Gabby McNamara
Redpoint Marketing PR, Inc.
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