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!