We’re all busy and rushing towards the holidays like a speeding bullet, am I right? So, what’s going to happen once the presents have been bought, the packages wrapped and you think you have time to put your feet up before the company comes to your annual holiday party. But then…you realize you forgot the wine!
Well, I’m here to make sure you not only remember the wine, but you make wise decisions in your wine purchasing!
Are you ready to learn the basics? I’m talking, which wine goes with what meal.
Let’s start with turkey. Many people serve Thanksgiving all over again for Christmas like my family.
According to wines.com, “Champagne or sparkling wine pairs remarkably well with Thanksgiving dishes from turkey to cranberry sauce to stuffing, so it can be enjoyed throughout the meal. Brut is the driest of sparkling wine classifications with no perceptible sweetness. Rosé-style sparkling wines are slightly sweeter and also good choices. As for which wines to serve with which course, there are no rules.
You want to be sure the wine and the dish don’t fight each other with one overpowering the other. Here are a few tried and true pairing ideas:
- Wine Pairings with Turkey and Dressing:Cabernet Franc, White Burgundy/Bordeaux Blanc/Pouilly Fuisse, Chardonnay with low or no oak,a dry Riesling, Gewürztraminer, Beaujolais Grand Cru, Beaujolais Nouveau, Merlot, Pinot Noir or a fruity Zinfandel.”
Next would be the Christmas ham. Winefolly.com has an amazing infographic I couldn’t resist sharing with you. It outlines in easy terms what goes with what cut. And amazingly, it seems like a simple task, pairing wine with pork.
Their basics to pairing wine with ham: “Fruity Wines – Ham, with its sweet-and-salty richness, pairs best with wines that have a touch of sweetness, plenty of acidity and bold fruit. Great ham-wines include Riesling, Moscato, Chenin Blanc, Rosé, Lambrusco, Grenache and Zinfandel.”
Or, are you a roast beef family? Finecooking.com has this to say.
“Roast tenderloin is a lean cut, so it’s a perfect companion for a red whose tannins have softened a bit from aging. Bordeaux is a great choice, as are Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot from California or Australia. And don’t overlook Spain or Italy.”
So I hope you are feeling calm now that we’ve helped you get ahead of the holiday party planning rush!