Great Wine Options For Your Holiday Table

Christmas and New Year’s is just around the corner and it is time to talk about food and wine pairings!

Buying wine for dinner can be a challenge but I have compiled a few delicious options to choose from:

Fernando Pighin & Figli: Pinot Grigio Friuli Grave 2015v (SRP: $17.99)

  • This wine is a great option to start off the evening and drink through dinner. The Old World Italian wine pairs perfectly with seafood, soft cheeses, vegetarian dishes and of course turkey. This medium-bodied Pinot Grigio has aromas of white fruit and minerality from the Friuli Grave terroir. It is produced without oak or malolactic to keep the grape’s freshness and bright acidity. This wine is light and refreshing, leaving room to taste the many dishes served during the holiday.


Sequoia Grove Winery: Chardonnay 2014v (SRP: $27.99)

  • If guests love a delicious Chardonnay from Napa Valley, Sequoia Grove would be the perfect choice. This 100% food-friendly Chardonnay will pair well with most dishes, from appetizers to soups to main courses. It has aromas of pear, lychee, citrus zest, lightly toasted almonds, and fresh bread. The aroma and palate characteristics are derived from 10 months of oak aging in French oak barrels. Sequoia Grove’s well-integrated oak Chardonnay will refresh the palate and won’t overpower the delicious spices in the Thanksgiving dishes.


Maison Louis Jadot Bourgogne Pinot Noir 2013v  (SRP: $19.99)

  • Louis Jadot’s affordable red Burgundy is a classic holiday wine pairing. It is a versatile wine that complements many meats and soft cheeses like Camembert and Brie. The 2013 vintage produced mature wines with intense aromas of red cherries, black blackberries, blackcurrants. Its well-integrated tannins are supported by a vibrant freshness in the finish.


Craggy Range Winery Te Muna Road Pinot Noir 2013v  (SRP: $44.99)

  • Craggy Range Winery produces beautiful deep brick red colored, single-vineyard Pinot Noirs from the Martinborough wine region of New Zealand. This New World wine has vibrant aromatics of red and black cherries, rose petal, sandalwood and wet earth. It is fruit forward with fine, dry tannins that provides a soft yet complex finish. This is another delicious wine option to serve throughout your holiday meal.


Thanksgiving Dinner Wine Pairing –

This year, I hosted Thanksgiving dinner and served a bottle of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.  To make our pairing more festive, I created a cheese platter to enhance the wine flavorings.

Salty – Assortment of Crackers

Protein – Prosciutto & Nuts

Flavor Enhancement – Sharp Cheddar Cheese

next time, I will add a variety of cheese, fruit, and olives 


The in-home tasting was a fun opportunity for enthusiast to try new flavors and expand their palate!



Vino 301 Chocolate and Wine Tour – Recap

Vino 301 is a wine concierge, showcasing some of Maryland’s finest vineyards.  This amazing service allows those in the DMV area the opportunity to taste (new) wine pairings and partake in events.  I have previously shared one of their events on this site and was invited to the Chocolate and Wine Tour.


Leslie Frelow (the Managing Director) greeted tour participants at the Baltimore Visitors Center.  Our luxury van included a complimentary Vino 301 tote bag, wine goblet, bottled water, and snacks.

The tour started with a brief history of local Maryland vineyards.  Leslie shared there’s seventy-two vineyards in the region and Julia Roberts was filmed for the movie Runaway Bride at Boordy Vineyards.

Our first stop was at Parfections, handmade gourmet truffles and chocolates.  During our pairing, we received a delectable array of chocolates, paired with specific types of wine. My favorite from the Chocolate pairing was the Dry Rose 2013 and Raspberry Bark chocolate (dark chocolate blended with dried and freeze dried raspberries.)

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We left Parfections and drove to Boordy Vineyards in Hydes, Maryland.  The historic winery was beautiful and our wine tasting included Pinot Grigio, Dry Rose, Chardonnay, Petit Cabernet, Riesling Baltimore Oriole, Chambourgin Merlot, and Jazz Berry.  We also participated in a guided tour of the vineyard and concluded the afternoon sitting around the outdoor fire pit.

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The Vino 301 Chocolate and Wine Tour was a wonderful experience.  I encourage anyone who’s interested in learning more about wine and pairings to visit their social media page for upcoming events.  I will also continue to share new tours here (on our site) as they come available!

About Chocolate and Wine Tour:


Chocolate and wine is the perfect paring. Vino 301 Wine Concierge and Parfections, Baltimore’s premiere chocolatier, presents chocolate tasting and regional Maryland wine tours. Maryland wine is paired with handmade gourmet truffles and chocolate.

Vino 301 Wine Concierge will transport you to Parfections store where the tour begins. You are lead through a tastings of handmade gourmet truffles and chocolate and wine pairing. You are later taken to one of the Patapsco Valley region’s vineyards where you enjoy a wine tasting and tour of the vineyard. Tour includes:

Parfections gourment truffles and chocolate tasting
Chocolate and wine paring instructional
Visit to a Maryland vineyard
Meet local winemaker
Light snack & beverages on the trip
All tasting fees
Receive a collectible wine glass and tote bag
15% discount on confections purchased at Parfections on tour day