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Your Ultimate Guide to Wine & Your Favourite Holiday Foods

Your Ultimate Guide to Wine & Your Favourite Holiday Foods

Date: November 16th, 2016 Author: Giles Cadman Categories: Wine

The holidays are stressful for many, but it doesn’t have the be that way. The holidays are for getting together with friends and family, eating delicious food, and making memories.

In my opinion, wine fits perfectly into the holiday equation. Wine is such a versatile drink – you can find a wine for every occasion, no matter what’s on the menu.  It’s the perfect treat for the holidays, as it pairs well with many traditional holiday dishes and desserts. If you’re getting ready for the holiday season, here are a few of my top food & wine recommendations … 

Delectable Appetizers

Smoked Salmon and Cream Cheese Crackers + Champagne

This is a crowd-pleasing pairing and is perfect for your holiday party - just make sure your salmon is sustainably sourced! Champagne's lightness greets your guests and tastes delicious when contrasted with the fattiness of the salmon.

Recommended: Champagne Franck Bonville, Brut Vintage, 2005

Cheese Platter + Chardonnay

What’s a holiday party without a cheese platter? The holidays pretty well give you an excuse to indulge in as much cheesy goodness as you please – so the platter is a must. Since cheese comes in many varieties, I recommend pairing with a crisp, simple Chardonnay to balance the palate.

Recommended: Cooper Mountain Vineyards, Chardonnay Reserve, 2011  

Thai Spring Rolls with Peanut Dipping Sauce + Riesling

If you’re hosting a dinner party, it’s common courtesy to offer a few vegetarian options as well. A hit for carnivores and herbivores alike are Thai spring rolls with peanut dipping sauce. Now, some are hesitant to serve Riesling because it has a “too-sweet” reputation. However, a dry variety pairs exceptionally well with a spicy, nutty Thai dish – thanks to its delicate acidity.  

Recommended: Pegasus Bay, Bel Canto Dry Riesling, 2014  

Main Attractions

Turkey + Pinot Noir  

Now it’s time for the reds to shine! Pinot Noir is a classic hoice that pairs well with a big, fat turkey for your holiday dinner. Pinot Noir is light-bodied, yet manages to bring depth to poultry. This Pinot Noir from Russell Vineyards is gorgeous, capturing of flavours of rooibos tea, blood orange, and spice.

Recommended: Hamilton Russell Vineyards, Pinot Noir 2015

Prime Rib + Cabernet Sauvignon

Prime Rib is a holiday staple and is the ultimate show stopper for your dinner party. For some reason, we all turn into crazy carnivores around this time of year! The easiest wine pairing is a Cabernet Sauvignon (you can splurge – it’s the holidays) as it stands up to the meat and refuses to take a back seat.

Recommended: Château Grand-Puy-Lacoste, 1990

Vegetarian Spinach Pie + Gamay

A delicious vegetarian Spinach Pie is a great choice to please your herbivore friends this holiday season. Vegetarian Spinach Pie packs everything you need into a meal – crispy flakes of pastry, goat cheese, and some vegetables for good measure. My wine pick for Spinach Pie is a bottle of Gamay – which is pleasing to both omnivores and herbivores.

Recommended: Lagneau, Côte De Brouilly Vieilles Vignes, 2013

Wine is versatile, delicious and fun – just like the holidays should be. Stay tuned for our holiday dessert blog that will be coming soon! In the meantime, be sure to comment and let us know which pairing you’ll be trying this holiday season. 

Looking for a specific bottle of wine? See our full selection online at Cadman Fine Wines!


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