Which Wine Will Go Best With Your Christmas Dinner?

Pairing Wines with Christmas DinnerAs the holidays grow nearer and nearer, it is time to start thinking about what you will serve at your Christmas get-together! Each family has their own traditions, but we are willing to bet that all will incorporate some form of a delicious meal. If you have already finalized your Christmas Day menu, you can start searching for a wine that will best compliment the food. Here are a few things you may not have known about food and wine pairing that should make your search easier:

  • If your Christmas meal will include a fresh-cooked ham, sweeter wines are the way to go! Consider serving a German or Alsatian Riesling to really wow your guests. If you are more partial to reds, you cannot go wrong with a Pinot Noir, or Beaujolais!
  • Is turkey your meat of choice? If so, Sauvignon Blanc pairs excellently with the savory sauces and sides that accompany a turkey dinner. Pinot Noirs, Zinfandels, Shirazs, and Beaujolais are a few red options that taste great with turkey.
  • For those serving duck, you will want to choose a red wine from France, Burgundy, Bordeaux, or Rhone Valley! Pick a Gewurztraminer, Riesling, or Sauternes if your duck will be served with a fruity sauce!
  • A prime rib dinner calls for a bold Cabernet Sauvignon, Lodi Zinfandel, or Barolo from Italy!
  • Does your menu include some sort of ethnic dish; the spice will pair nicely with a Riesling, Gewurztraminer, or Viognier!

The Ventura County Winery Association would like to wish you and your family a happy Christmas holiday! We hope you have a blast pairing the wine from one of our amazing featured wineries with your holiday meal! Please contact us if you would like to schedule a tour or tasting at one of the best wineries in Ventura County.

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