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Pairing Wine with Your Holiday Meal

by Administrator2. November 2016 10:38

November marks the start of one of the most special times of the year. As we begin to gather around the table more frequently for the holidays, you’ll likely have more than one good reason to celebrate the occasion with a nice bottle of wine. Finding a great wine to pair with your meal not only enhances the quality of the meal but can also make the occasion feel more special.

Whether time spent around the table means a sophisticated and ornate affair or a much more modest form of celebration, here are a few of our recommendations for pairing wine with your holiday meal.

Pairing Wine with a Brunch

The best wine to choose for brunch will largely depend on the main feature of your brunch spread. Riesling and Chardonnay are excellent choices for a traditional brunch focused around eggs. You may also want to consider Merlot if your brunch features steak or ham as an option. Of course, for the many of us who prefer French toast, pancakes, or crepes as the centerpiece of our meal, consider either Riesling as a compliment for a sweet syrup topping or Pinot Noir if you prefer a seasonal fruit topping.

Pairing Wine with a Turkey Dinner

When it comes to pairing a wine with poultry, warm spices, sweet-salty marinades, or fruit-based sauces, Pinot Noir should be the first wine that comes to mind. Made from red or dark berries, Pinot Noir is a wonderful pairing for both poultry and all of the sides you would expect at a turkey dinner.

Pairing Wine with a Steak Dinner

It’s no secret that red wines are a wonderful companion to a fine steak dinner. Zinfandel should be your first choice for a steak, or any barbecued meats that has been rubbed with sweet spices or sauces. If your steak includes a rich, buttery sauce, however, you may want to enjoy a glass of Bordeaux with it. And, of course, Cabernet remains a classic choice for a delicate filet mignon. When in doubt, you can’t go wrong with Cabernet.

Pairing Wine with a Seafood Dinner

Similar to selecting a wine for a steak dinner, there are a number of wines that pair well with seafood. Sauvignon Blanc, for good reason, often rises to the top of the list; however, you may also want to consider several other wines depending on the exact type of fish or shellfish you will be enjoying. In general, a glass of white Burgundy pairs well with white-flesh fish, Riesling is wonderful for medium-bodied fish, and Merlot or another medium-bodied red is an excellent choice for red-colored fish.

Your Personal Taste

In the end, there is no “right” or “best” wine for your meal but a thoughtful decision can go a long way in creating a special experience for both you and your guests. If you want an easy decision that is sure to satisfy everyone at the holiday table this year, browse Gourmet Baskets/Wine World’s selection of gourmet wine baskets. You can also contact us and our friendly, knowledgeable staff will guide you through the process of selecting the best wine for your holiday meal. We will save you time and worry so you can focus more on your time spent with family and friends.

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