The Cays’ Guide to Holiday Wine Pairings
The holiday season is a time of celebration and bringing family and friends together around the dinner table. To make your holiday meal even more spectacular, everyone knows you need the perfect wine. Here is our guide to the best holiday wine pairings for a truly southwestern winter.
Food: Smoked Ham
Wine: Oregon Pinot Noir
Why the pairing works: Probably one of the most traditional entrees, a smoked ham is usually accompanied by a sweet glaze, like honey or brown sugar. Wines with smokiness or oak aging make the best complement to a sweet ham.
Food: Roast Duck
Wine: Cabernet Franc
Why the pairing works: Roast duck takes very well to fruity glazes and marinades, making it a happy match for fruitier wines. Since duck can be fatty, the best pairing will be with a wine that combines fruit with acidity.
Food: Creamy Pasta
Wine: Pinot Grigio
Why the pairing works: Aged in French oak barrels, this wine features lively notes of Granny Smith apple and stone fruits and has an appealing texture and weight. A great match for a creamy pasta dish or rich risotto.
Wine: Pinot Noir
Why the pairing works: A medium-bodied red wine, Sanford Pinot Noir hails from the Santa Rita Hills on the central coast of California. This is an exceptionally food-friendly wine that pairs well with poultry, pork, and veal, as well as hearty pasta dishes rich with mushrooms, Parmesan cheese, and other savory dishes. It similarly complements charcuterie and a variety of cheeses from sharp cheddar to creamy Brie.
Food: Cakes and Cookies
Wine: Nino Franco Rustico Prosecco
Why the pairing works: Everyone thinks of a sparkling wine during the holidays, but a good sparkling wine need not be reserved for only once a year. Nino Franco Rustico Prosecco is very fine, persistent, pleasant, crisp, fruity, and flowery sparkling wine. It’s excellent as an aperitif, with an appetizer, or as a dessert wine for cakes and cookies.
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