Holiday Wine 101 – Holiday Dinner Wine Pairings

Having trouble with your holiday dinner wine pairings? Whether you are cooking up a ham, red meat, poultry or fish, our holiday dinner wine pairings guide (below!) has you covered.

In addition to the type of wine that you should pair your main course with, we have listed out our favorite selections, including notes on how to serve each bottle!

Happy Holidays!

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Holiday Ham Wine Pairing

Pair with: Chardonnay, Pinot Noir
Try: Rusack Chardonnay 2016, $29.99 Medium to full-bodied with toasty oak and a pleasant oiliness to the texture.
Chill 1 hour before serving, serve chilled.
Orogeny Pinot Noir 2016, $22.99
Fruit flavors of plum and cranberry with a savory finish.
Open 1 hour before serving.

Holiday Prime Rib Wine Pairing

Pair With: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec, Rhone Wine
Try: Groth Cabernet Sauvignon 2015, $49.99
Full-bodied, bold Cab with great fruit and chewy tannins.
Open 2 hours before serving.
Milbrandt Merlot 2016, $19.99
Black cherry, tobacco and spice flavors all balanced by great acidity that finishes with refined tannins.
Open 1 hour before serving.
Catena Malbec 2016, $17.99
Dense and refined red with a minerality undertone.
Open 2 hours before serving.
Chateau Pegau Cotes Du Rhone 2016, $14.99
Slightly rustic, yet full of ripe berries.
Open 1 hour before serving.

Holiday Lamb Wine Pairing

Pair With: Pinot Noir, Rhone Wine, Merlot
Try: Hahn SLH Pinot Noir 2017, $17.99
Firm acidity, soft tannins, and a palate of juicy red fruits.
Open 1 hour before serving.
Goldschmidt Chelsea Merlot 2016, $15.99
Rich flavors of cherry, cassis, blackberry and chocolate.
Open 1 hour before serving.
L’Hallali Gigondas 2016, $19.99
An elegant wine, offering cranberry and cherry notes that are accented by hints of clove and allspice.
Open 1 hour before serving.

Holiday Salmon Wine Pairing

Pair With: Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc (Not New Zealand)
Try: Groth Chardonny 2017, $25.99 Medium to full body with pear and apple fruit flavors, great acidity.
Refrigerate one hour before serving, serve chilled.
Ferrari Carano Fume Blanc 2018, $11.99
Flavors of citrus fruit with a touch of minerality, bright acidity and subtle oak finish.
Refrigerate and serve chilled.

Holiday Roast Turkey Wine Pairing

Pair With: Chardonnay, Rose, Pinot Noir
Try: ILLahe Pinot Noir 2018, $22.99
Well balanced by the tannins with berry fruit and chocolate flavors.
Open 1 hour before serving.
Collection des Anges Cote de Provence Rose 2017, $11.99
Delicious flavors of peach, citrus and tropical fruit with bright acidity to balance for a silky mouthfeel.
Serve chilled.
Milbrandt Chardonnay 2018, $19.99
A crisp mouthfeel is balanced with nice viscosity leading to a toasty finish laced with whiskey notes and hint of dried tropical fruit.
Refrigerate for 1 hour and serve chille

Holiday Roast Chicken/Cornish Hens Wine Pairing

Pair With: Chardonnay, White Rhone
Try: Butter Blossom Russian River Chardonnay 2016, $17.99
Fresh kiwi, lemon drop and apple flavors with subtle mineral notes and a hint of crystallized ginger in the finish.
Serve chilled.
Chevalier d’ Anthelme Cotes du Rhone Blanc 2018, $11.99
An elegant wine with white flowers, apricot, acacia and white peach flavors with plenty of richness & body.
Refrigerate and serve chilled.

Holiday Port Roast Wine Pairing

Pair With: Pinot Noir, SauvignonBlanc (Not New Zealand) Zinfandel
Try: Honig Sauvignon Blanc 2018, $16.99
Bright and fresh. The flavors of tropical, citrus and passion fruit, perfectly balanced for a crisp, lengthy finish.
Serve Chilled.
Rusack Pinot Noir Santa Barbara 2016, $29.99
Loaded with strawberry, sagebrush, thyme and loamy soil. The mouthfeel is full yet cut by strong acidity.
Open 1 hour before serving.
Davis Family Russian River Zinfandel, $22.99
Deeply berry-perfumed with layers of berry fruit flavors and spices.  Well balanced tannins through the long, persistent finish.
Open 1 hour before serving.

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