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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

Ranging from dry to sweet, Riesling is one of the most versatile wines for pairing with food.


Trefethen Family Vineyards Dry Riesling comes from the Oak Knoll District of Napa Valley

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

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 HOLIDAY PAIRINGS

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



HOLIDAY MEALS BEST PAIRING RED BLEND

There is balance in the blend. From Chianti to Priorat, these robust reds are beloved for good reasons.


Luce della Vite is a blend of Merlot and Sangiovese produced in Tuscany

PAIRING SYRAH WITH HOLIDAY MEALS

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

Beckmen Vineyards Estate Syrah
M. Chapoutier "Le Pavillon" Ermitage
Penfolds Grange Shiraz


BEST PAIRING ZINFANDEL FOR HOLIDAY MEALS

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



DESSERT WINE PAIRING FOR HOLIDAY DINNERS

Save the best for last. Enough said.




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