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Wine for the Holidays
Pairing wine with Christmas dinner is different from other kinds of pairing. You might do for a wine tasting party. In a tasting party, you’ll pair your food to your wine. This ensures that the ideal balance of flavors comes through in both. But on Christmas day, you’re at the mercy of your family’s traditions and their dietary restrictions. The food comes first, and the wine comes second. The best wine for Christmas dinner will have a lot in common with the wine you served at Thanksgiving. It needs to be bold enough to compete with the intense flavors of the food. The wine should have enough acidity to cut through some of the fattier, creamier dishes on the table. Yet the wine shouldn’t be so bold that it completely overtakes the dishes. You should also consider age when you pick out wine for Christmas dinner. Wines that are too young tend to have raspy tannins and near-unpleasant acidity. That will only taste harsh when paired with supple mashed potatoes or candied yams. Consider whether these wines have reached their ideal maturity or if they could use another five years in your cellar.
The Best Wine to Serve with Appetizers
Assorted Cheese Plates
Creamy Champagne and full-bodied white Burgundy pair well with the fattiness of the cheese.
- Pair with a champagne or Rose Wine
Savory Flatbread or Cracker Bites
A flatbread or cracker-based appetizer usually contains a combination of herbs, salted meat, and cheese, and will pair well with citrusy white wines, or slightly fruity reds.
- Pair with Chardonnay or Pinot Noir
The Best Wines to Serve with the Main Course
When in Doubt, Choose Italian Reds
Choose Wines That You and Your Guests Love
The key to finding the best wine for Christmas dinner is to think about which wines you and your guests enjoy most. As long as you choose wines that won’t overpower your food, you can enjoy any bottle of wine with Christmas dinner.
If you’ve got questions, the staff at The Wine and Spirits Cellar in Maryville have answers! Come by and shop our wide variety of wines!