We get many questions this time of year asking what wine(s) should be served with a specific holiday dinner. The answer to that question varies.
Traditionally, it depends on the primary dish that you will be serving, and it is recommended that you start with a wine that isn’t too heavy – work up to your powerhouse wines as you work up to the main dish. If you are looking for a good reference, check out VinePair and Wine Folly.
The rich, dark flavors of a Bordeaux will complement a Prime Rib beautifully. For ham try a Zinfandel. The flavors of the grape will balance the sweetness of the meat and sauces/ glazes. Lastly, if you are having turkey your options vary, both red and white. If you prefer non-sweet white wine, chardonnay will pair well. For those of us who like a little more sweetness, a dry Riesling is the perfect complement to turkey. For red drinkers, Pinot Noir or Zinfandel are great options.
What about all the wonderful sides that appear on our tables as well? Brussel Sprouts definitely go well with Pinot Noir or Chardonnay. Mashed potatoes go well with a Chardonnay or Merlot.
For dessert, Cabernet Sauvignon goes well with chocolate in its various forms – cookies, cake or candy. Mouth-watering cheesecake pairs well with Riesling. And sometimes for dessert we just want wine; then a sweet dessert-style wine or a glass of port is perfect!
Most of all, select wines you enjoy and want to share with family and friends. Stop by Vintner’s Hill Wine Bar & Bistro for suggestions and help in selecting your holiday wine.