Holiday Wine Pairings

The holidays are a great time to bring family together over a great meal, conversation, and great wine.

It can be overwhelming choosing a wine for your gathering since people’s wine palettes change with age and experience. Luckily, the holidays are a great time to allow your guests a little freedom in their wine choices. A more flavorful red can often be paired with a sweeter white or rose to bring the whole family together around the dinner table, so feel free to offer a selection.

Here are a few of our pairing recommendations:

Holiday Ham: The darker more powerful flavors of ham can stand up to a stronger more flavorful wine. We recommend a Zinfandel, the raspberry and sweet pipe tobacco flavors will blend well with the ham and make a meal your family will remember fondly for years to come.

Butternut Squash: Where butter is concerned, Chardonnay is always a good bet. There's a reason one description of all the top Chardonnay’s is buttery.

Pumpkin and Pecan Pie: These holiday dessert staples pair wonderfully with dessert wines. Moscato, Muscat, Port, and Sherry all hold their own here. We recommend looking closely at the flavor profiles and choosing one that compliments what you are serving, but the truth is the unifying sweetness means that you can’t go too far wrong with whatever choice you make.


Classic: Pinot Noir and turkey have a long history in America. Pinot Noir is a relatively medium bodied wine, not too light for those with bold palettes, and not too bold for those with lighter tastes. Those looking to lean on the lighter side should look towards the California wines, and those looking for a little more flavor might venture into the vintages of Chile and Argentina.

Fried: Fried turkey is becoming more and more popular. As always, we’ll remind you that frying your turkey outdoors is a must for safety and practicality’s sake. Like anything with a high salt and fat content, a highly acidic wine is strongly recommended. Luckily, sparkling wine can sometimes be found for less than $10 a bottle, and has all the acid you’ll need to make a family tradition out of your fried turkey.

Dry: “The best laid plans of mice and men...” We’ve all been there. Sometimes things just don’t go your way in the kitchen, but luckily wine can enhance even an overly dry turkey. For situations like this we recommend something with a slightly lower alcohol content, since your guests may end up drinking more of it to help moisten the turkey. In this case, you can’t go wrong with a classic Dry American Rosè.

Tuesday October 24th, 2017