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Pairing Wine with Holiday Meals

Try one of these great wine recommendations to pair with your holiday meal

'Tis the season to eat turkey and other white meats! We've gone back through our tasting archive to highlight our favorite dinner pairing suggestions. These selections from each varietal will fit in nicely with your next holiday meal. In sharing our passion for handcrafted wines, we hope we can introduce you to a wine worth rejoicing in — something appropriate to bring to the table on America's day of thanks.

HOLIDAY SPARKLING WINE PAIRINGS

Before dinner or paired with the main event, on a celebratory occasion you can never go wrong with bubbly.



BEST PAIRING RIESLING FOR HOLIDAY MEALS

Find out which of your holiday dishes pairs well with Riesling
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Ranging from dry to sweet, Riesling is one of the most versatile wines for pairing with food.


 

GEWÜRTZTRAMINER HOLIDAY PAIRING

Gewürztraminer seems to shine only at the holidays. Uncork a bottle of this undervalued style and you'll soon find yourself drinking Gewürz all year round.



PAIRING CHARDONNAY AT HOLIDAY MEALS

One of the most popular white wine varietals in the world, Chardonnay is sure to please. It also boasts more backbone than your average white.



PAIRING VIOGNIER AT HOLIDAY MEALS

There's nothing quite like curling  up with a glass of Viognier during the holidays
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This aromatic Rhône wine is simply stunning.



BEST ROSÉ TO PAIR WITH HOLIDAY MEALS

Norman Rockwell meets Cézanne? Why not! The Mediterranean essence of a dry rosé intermingling with the tart sweetness of cranberry sauce will have any wine lover thinking pink.



PINOT NOIR PAIRINGS FOR THE HOLIDAYS

Paul Giamatti waxes lyrical about this Burgundian varietal in the wine country road trip movie Sideways. So delicate and oh so good!



CABERNET SAUVIGNON PAIRINGS

The king of Bordeaux varietals and the most beloved grape in Napa Valley, Cabernet Sauvignons are big and bold!



PAIRING HOLIDAY MEALS WITH RED BLENDS

Red blends can complement a variety of holiday meals
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There is balance in the blend. From Chianti to Priorat, these robust reds are beloved for good reasons.


 

PAIRING SYRAH WITH HOLIDAY MEALS

A robust Rhône varietal bursting onto the American scene, jammy Syrahs are the flavor of the month.



BEST ZINFANDEL FOR HOLIDAY MEALS

Before it hit California, Zinfandel was a favorite varietal in America's Northeast.



BEST FRUIT WINES FOR HOLIDAY MEALS

Grape wines aren't the only kind worth pairing with holiday meals.



BEST PORT, SHERRY AND MADEIRA FOR HOLIDAY MEALS

Fortifed wines can be great when paired with holiday meals or sipped as an aperitif.




DESSERT WINE FOR HOLIDAY DINNERS

Save the best for last. Enough said.




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