Holiday Wine Guide
First things first, wine is subjective. Some people will prefer a nice dry red, while others can only stomach the candy-like taste of a sweet Moscato. But, if you find the right combination, the wine and food will work together to amplify all the right tastes and make your dining experience that much more enjoyable.
But how do you know which wines will pair best with your festivities? It comes down to what your main feature is, or what each individual at your table is wanting to get out of the experience.
Turkey is a tough dish to get right, and hard as we try it often comes out of the over at least a little dry. While getting the turkey right is a while other story, to counteract that dryness. That means steering clear of a heavy red with ample tannins to dry out your mouth. Instead, look for something acidic and rich, like a Sauvignon Blanc or even a Rose.
Keep a bottle of Chardonnay on the table for your guests that are there more for the side dishes than the main. It helps to bring out the buttery goodness in your mashed potatoes, corn and stuffing.
Any vegetarians at your table might appreciate a Merlot or a Semillon to pair with the veggies that are a main feature on their plate.
For the pre-festivities cheese tray, you’ll want an acidic wine – but not something too fruity. A crisp Pinot Grigio or an earthier Pinot Noir will mix effortlessly with the cheese and leave everyone wanting more.
There are also some wines that are more versatile and will be a hit no – matter the food on the table. Think sparkling wines, or ones with a higher acidity like a Zinfandel or Sauvignon Blanc to make mouths water more than the food.
All in all, you can’t go too wrong with a bottle of wine at the table, so don’t worry. Wine is so different from one person to the next, there’s sure to be someone with you that will want to drink it. And if your guests all happen to bring a bottle and you don’t know where to store it, we can help with that too.