The holidays are centered around friends, family, and of course, food. We picked some of our favorite festive holiday foods, and selected wines that will pair perfectly with each. Pick up a bottle of each, and share these pairings with your friends and family this holiday.
A holiday favorite, you’ll find roast turkey on Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner tables across the country. A little meatier than chicken (a “given” white wine pairing), turkey actually pairs classically with Pinot Noir. Light-to-medium in body, Pinot Noir won’t overpower your turkey, and its bright and acidic character will actually help enhance your meal, stuffing and all!
Try: Garnet Vineyards 2010 Carneros Pinot Noir
Bonus pairing: Pair a Beaujolais with your leftover turkey sandwich – the wine is light and juicy to compliment the turkey and cranberry sauce, and Beaujolais Nouveau is released each year just prior to Thanksgiving, so the timing is ideal.
Another holiday classic, this pairing is fairly straightforward. The best (and most traditional) pairing for your prime rib is a Bordeaux varietal, or another big and tannic wine that can hold its own next to this particularly bold cut of beef. The Rhone Valley in France tends to produce such wines that will go perfectly with this cut of beef.
Try: Maison Nicolas Perrin Crozes-Hermitage 2012
Linguine con le Vongole
For Italian-Americans, Christmas Eve means “Feast of the Seven Fishes.” A full seven course meal, each one featuring a different type of seafood from light and crispy calamari, to red snapper, most experts recommend an Italian white wine for this meal. A go-to for many Italian-American families, “linguine with clams” will pair nicely with a light and fresh Pinot Grigio.
Try: Terlano Pinot Bianco 2013
Stilton & Pears
This holiday, pick up a bottle of Ruby Port to try one of the best-known dessert combinations. The sweetness of the Port provides the perfect balance for salty and pungent blue cheese. This is a wine pairing that will be a guaranteed hit.
Try: Croft Ruby Port
Many will suggest dessert wines of all kinds to pair with this holiday staple. Personally, I find some dessert and fortified wines and pumpkin pie an overwhelmingly sweet combination, so I will stick to an off-dry Riesling. The acidity will help cut through the sweet, and balance your after dinner treat.
Try: Eroica Riesling 2013