Holiday Wine Pairings

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Holiday Wine Pairings

Perhaps the most popular winter holiday bird is turkey, which pairs nicely with a couple of reds and whites. In the red wine category, the staple of a turkey dinner is the robust pinot noir, which balances the flavor of turkey perfectly without being too overpowering. Our New Zealand Pinot Noir will pair with that turkey like peas with carrots!

Blush wine such as White Zin creates the wonderful foil of a sweet and fruity taste to offset the drier texture of the Turkey.

Cranberry Chianti offers the same contrast as the Blush wines but adds the wonderful flavor of cranberry that goes so awesomely with turkey

Sauvignon Blancs are also good partners with turkey, as the sweet, herbal flavor of our New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc provides a diverse compliment to the turkey, gravy, and mashed potatoes combination. If you prefer a sweet wine, our Washington Riesling and German Gewürztraminer can also be easily be served with turkey.

Ham is typically light, salty, and kind of sweet, so go with similar red and white wines to those you would pair with turkey. Our Chilean Pinot Noir will offset the saltiness of the ham with a light to medium-bodied fruitiness. Our Lodi Old Vines Zinfandel is also a possibility, as the higher alcohol and fruit flavors provide a similar compliment as a Pinot Noir.

Our German Gewürztraminer will add something spicy and sweet to the ham, and can also double as a flavorful glaze for the ham. Oak-less chardonnays also create a great pairing with ham, as the ham’s smoky flavor balances well with the subtly mild flavors of the Naked Dry Creek Chardonnay. Ham is a versatile food, and as such any of these wines should pair up well.

Lamb is a very rich, red meat, and naturally should be paired with robust red wine. The perfect red wine compliment is the Shiraz/Syrah, a full-bodied wine that can have the aroma of everything from blackberries to pepper to espresso.Our Riverina Shiraz is the perfect match.

Another possibility for your dinner is a Cabernet Sauvignon, with high acidity and powerful flavors. Our Sonoma Cab or Rustic Ranch will fill the bill here. Other red wines such as Stag's Leap Merlot, Sonoma Pinot Noir, and Old Vines Zinfandel work well with the spices and sauces drizzled over a lamb roast.

If you like to showcase your seafood cooking skills over the holidays, why not do the same with white wine? Any seafood you could make is almost guaranteed to pair well with our light, smooth Italian Pinot Grigio wine, which also combines well with cheese and crackers and lighter appetizers. The almost tropical flavors in Pinot Grigio are a terrific compliment to the salty, oceanic flavors found in seafood.