If you’re looking to pair wine with your Christmas dinner, there is no shortage of options. The trick to pairing wine with food is to take note of the different flavours in each dish and find a wine that complements those flavours best. Here are some 10 best wines that we recommend to impress your guests this holiday season.
Often served as a side dish during Christmas, roast potatoes have a distinguished profile on its own. Most often, potatoes are cut and roasted in the oven with plenty of either poultry fat or olive oil. Herbs and spices are always introduced to shape the outcome. Besides salt and pepper, parsley, time or rosemary can be used.
Pair this dish with NV Corvezzo Ribolla Gialla that is an aromatic white wine. It has notes of fresh flowers and pomegranate with citrus and green apple notes that blends well with the buttery flavour of potatoes. This versatile white can also be paired with poultry dishes like duck or turbot fish.
You can’t go wrong with a classic pairing like this. The sourdough bread will add an extra level of flavour to your stuffing, and the Bric Cenciurio Langhe DOC Riesling is a great match for turkey and stuffing alike.
You can serve this with any type of wine you’d like—it’s one of those pairings that works well no matter what you choose!
Mashed sweet potatoes are a favourite side dish to accompany almost any meat. Whether you’re serving up venison, lamb, duck or pork roast this holiday season, the combination of these flavours makes for an unforgettable meal.
2020 Corvezzo Family Collection Organic Merlot pairs well with all of these dishes because it is robust enough to stand up against rich meats and gamey flavours without overpowering them. The smoothness of Merlot can make even the most delicate pieces of meat sing when paired with this wine.
For this holiday season, we recommend pairing your Christmas yule log with Birbet. This traditional Newfoundland dessert is a light fruit cake, rich but not overly sweet cake that will pair perfectly with NV Bric Cenciurio Birbet!
2020 M.S.B Somms & Vineyards Lila is the perfect pairing for Iberico ham because it has a similar flavour profile. Lila is a Rosé Wine with a very light salmon colour, intense aromas of red fruits and flowers and a unctuous fresh run through your palate. The notes of both will compliment each other very well and create an amazing taste experience.
You can’t have a cheese platter without the wine. This is a no-brainer, but it’s important to make sure that the wine complements the cheese, not overpowering it. For example, if you’re pairing dry white wine with a variety of cheeses that do well with acidity (like cheddar), then 2018 Comenge Familia Reserva will be perfect because it has fine and sweet tannins. If you’re using medium to full bodied red wines with cheeses such as brie and camembert, Cabernet Sauvignon works great here because they go well together and they also both complement each other. Lastly, sparkling wines pair perfectly with blue cheese!
The classic combination of Turkey and 2021 Pago Ayles Unexpected Chardonnay is a great choice to pair with your holiday meal. The buttery texture of turkey is offset by the crisp acidity and mild fruitiness of Chardonnay. This combination is so popular that people often pair these two foods at Thanksgiving as well!
If you’re looking for a wine that will pair nicely with your cranberry sauce, look no further than Grenache. The fresh and intense flavours of 2020 M.S.B Somms & Vineyards Garnatxa Blanca creates the perfect match for cranberry sauce’s tartness. This white wine is known for its aging potential, as well as its intense aromas and flavours of pear and melon. The fresh side of the grape complement well with cranberries.
If you’re celebrating with beef this Christmas, you’ll want to go with a full-bodied red wine. The rich fattiness of the meat pairs well with something dry and fruity yet full-bodied. Cabernet Sauvignon is one of the most popular choices for pairing with roast beef. Try it with 2020 Corvezzo Family Collection Organic Cabernet Sauvignon that has full and round flavour, with a good and elegant structure and a long-lasting aftertaste.
What could be better than a banana trifle? A banana trifle with Moscato, that’s what. This dessert is easy to make and can be served at any party or celebration. NV Corvezzo Moscato Dolce is a sweet Sparkling wine that makes you feel like everything is right in the world. Put them together and you have yourself one delicious dessert!
We hope these wine pairing suggestions have inspired you to try something new or old. Share with us some of your best wine pairing Christmas dinner on Instagram or Facebook. We wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
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