Top 8 Ways to Serve Wine at Christmas Dinner12.17.18
With the approach of Christmas comes talk of mouthwatering ham, oyster dressing and other tasteful side dishes. But it’s just as important to take care when selecting the wine for your Christmas dinner. Planning a trip to Acquistapace’s to stock up on your favorite varietals? Here are eight great ways to pair wines with this year’s holiday dinner.
- Match your turkey with a bold pinot noir.
Known for a flavor that’s distinctly fruity, yet pleasantly balanced, pinot noir is a longtime favorite among wine enthusiasts. It’s also an exceptionally versatile option that pairs effortlessly with a hearty turkey dinner.
- Sweeten things up with a Riesling.
Red wine just isn’t for everyone. Fortunately, you’ll have no trouble satisfying guests who shy away from stronger-tasting selections with a quality bottle of Riesling. Search for something on the sweeter side to balance out the flavor of a meat or seafood gumbo.
- Add a strong Zinfandel.
Compared to the relatively accessible pinot noir, Zinfandel delivers a bolder flavor, marking it as a prime choice for experienced wine fans. Even with this intensity in mind, Zinfandel works well with most Christmas side dishes.
- Supply a touch of spice with a Syrah.
Syrah wines, also known as Shiraz wines, tend to provide a unique flavor featuring a distinguished touch of spice. Serve your Syrah while the meal is in full swing and the prime rib and casserole is already on the table for best results.
- Keep things simple with a Sauvignon Blanc.
This timeless white wine has garnered a substantial fan base through a flavor that’s equal parts zesty and fruity. Planning on a meal that adheres to the traditional staples, like turkey and mashed potatoes? Here’s the perfect choice for everyone at the table.
- Serve merlot with glazed ham.
Honey-glazed ham wrapped in a warm pistolette never looked so good on Christmas day! Variety is the spice of life so be sure to pair it with a wine that fits the bill. It’s tough to go wrong with a fruity merlot.
- Choose Cabernet Sauvignon to complement roast lamb.
Lamb offers a flavorful, sophisticated alternative to the typical main course options, and works especially well with Cabernet Sauvignon thanks to the wine’s rich balance of tannins and fruit.
- Pick the right dessert wine.
Ready to bring out the pie? Make sure you’re serving it alongside a wine that’s also known for its sweetness. A Spanish sherry is a tasteful choice, while a moscato wine offers a delicious option that’s great for those developing their wine preferences.
With locations in Covington and Mandeville, Acquistapace’s offers Southeastern Louisiana’s premier selection of fine wines. Visit us in person to speak with a member of our team, and we’ll help connect you with beverages that will make this Christmas one to remember for years to come. Merry Christmas, from our family to yours.
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