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Wine Pairings for the Holidays

The holidays are a time for family feasts, friendly gatherings and festive debauchery. And for that, you will need wine! Here are our top holiday picks (and alternatives) for every need from Turkey Day to Christmas and beyond.

A Bubbly Aperitif

Sparkling wine is versatile and goes with everything from fancy hors d'oeuvres to cookie dough, so make sure you have a few on hand for the all cheer! This season, we recommend going with a crisp and refreshing sparkler from Anderson Valley, California, or for something further afield, try a delicate Tasmanian wine.

Roederer Estate Brut

This Anderson Valley gem is everything you want at half the price. It’s full of fresh and lively fruit with a rich texture and lingering toasty finish.

Jansz Premium Rose

This light pink sparkler has gorgeous acidity with a delicate yet creamy texture. Ideal as an aperitif, a celebratory toast or through a whole meal.

Satisfying Whites to Get Started

A full bodied white is an all-purpose wine for pairing with your favorite holiday appetizers and side-dishes. Look no further for wines that match your bacon-wrapped dates, Thanksgiving stuffing, and butternut squash soup. At our table, we're serving Oregon Chardonnay and a white Rhone blend.

Domaine Drouhin Chardonnay Arthur 2016

Delivering the best of Oregon Chardonnay, this beauty will please all the Chardonnay lovers as well as those looking for something crisp and structured.

Jean-Luc Colombo La Redonne Blanc 2016

Big, rich and gorgeous fruit flavors deliver in this full body wine. Serve this to start, with a cheese plate, or during a dinner with rich, creamy foods.

A Side of Light & Juicy Reds

Lighter reds work well for a feast of many side-dishes. They are won't overwhelm the delicate flavors of a vegetable side, but are also delicious on their own. To pair with our Turkey and Christmas ham, this year we're serving Oregon Pinot Noir and a classic Beaujolais.

Four Graces Pinot Noir 2017

Light on its feet, this delectable Pinot from Oregon is both bright and fruity, while donning a savory spice note with texture and weight.

Jean-Paul Brun Terres Dorees Vieilles Vignes 2018

Juicy and lively -- with loads of red fruits, floral notes and a subtle spice. This will be your go-to for dinner pairings during the holiday and beyond.

Spicy & Savory Reds for the Main Event

For the dishes that are particularly packed with flavor, or for guests who prefer a bigger red, go with a Rioja or Syrah. The subtle spice and earthy notes excentuate the rich flavors in holiday meals.

CVNE Crianza 2016

With bright and fresh fruits that won’t weigh you down, and a touch of peppery and tobacco spice, this wine complements both light and dark meat.

Tensley Santa Barbara Syrah 2018

Spicy and smoky, with a bit of blackberry pie to boot -- this is the wine to match any holiday braise. Beautiful and brooding, it’s also a bit too easy to sip.

A Sweet Night Cap

The key to pairing wine with dessert is matching both the level of sweetness and the flavor profiles. For the baked and nutty holiday desserts, like pumpkin and apple pie, look for a sweet sherry, or a tawny port.

Graham's 20 Year Tawny Port

With flavors of toffee and caramel, you might think of this as an addition to the dessert itself. Savor it slightly chilled. We won't blame you if you decide to pour it directly onto the cake.

Emilio Lustau East India Solera

Like pecan pie in a bottle… this sweet spice, rich, full-bodied wine is full of caramel and toffee, toasted pecans and molasses. Did I mention pecan pie in a bottle?

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