Simple Christmas Food & Wine Pairing

Family gatherings and work functions, overtime and school Christmas programs. The holiday season seems to get less jolly and more jumbled each year. One thing you can do to simplify this time of year is buy a case of wine. Not just for you, but to give as gifts and bring to functions where a favor like wine is appropriate.

Buying a case of wine before the holiday season will ensure you won’t be caught off-guard when you need a gift for someone. A bottle of wine is also an excellent gift for those hosting dinners and family gatherings. It is appropriate to drink the wine at the funtion or let it sit and age for another time.

Christmas Food & Wine Pairing

Here is a simple guide to follow when matching popular holiday foods with wine.

Appetizers- Chenin Blanc, Unoaked Chardonnay

Appetizers are often light and seafood dishes like smoked salmon spread or shrimp cocktails are crowd favorites. A basic but acidic white wine will pair well with any seafood dish while having enough acidity to stand up to aged cheeses and meats if needed.

Main Course- Bordeaux Blend, Zinfandel

Bold and juicy reds are the name of the game for any Christmas dinner. Pair a jammy and fruit-forward Zinfandel with a ham main course. Roasts and steaks are best paired with a Bordeaux blend. These wines also compliment common sides like mashed potatoes, stuffing, and green bean casserole.

Dessert- Off-Dry Sparkling Wine, Riesling

The golden rule for pairing wine with desserts is to have a wine that is sweeter than the dessert. Too full after dinner? Substitute a glass of off-dry sparkling wine or a sweet Riesling and take the dessert home with you.

Tip: Can’t decide on which wine to bring? Bring a white, red, and sparkling! You will have a wine option for each dish and everyone’s personal tastes will be pleased.