White wine, red wine, champagne, port… there are so many choices when it comes to serving wine around the holidays, especially when so many great foods are hitting the Christmas dinner tables, too! To help you from feeling a little overwhelmed at the sheer selection, GiftTree has gathered a list of ten noteworthy wines to serve during the holidays. And while we’re at it, we figured why not share some food pairing suggestions and a few of our favorite recipes? Onward!
1. Ramey Napa Valley Claret A classic Napa Valley claret, offering intense, smoke-accented aromas of cherry and blackcurrant, with Indian spice and floral notes adding to the complexity. Juicy and precise on the palate, revealing energetic dark fruit flavors and a hint of chewing tobacco. Closing tangy and long, with slow-building tannins and very good focus, this unexpected wine is red meat’s soul mate. Pair it with roast beef, shepherd’s pie or rack of lamb.
2. Pine Ridge Chenin Blanc Viognier This elegant white wine is crisp, with hints of apple, apricot, white flowers, and honeydew melon. It’s a medium-bodied blend, and when it comes to pairing, think sweet and sour! Chenin Blanc that makes the perfect companion to the Christmas ham or these incredible smoked cheddar and cherry jam puff pastries.
3. Kendall Jackson Grand Reserve Merlot Black cherry, boysenberry and plum flavors harmonize with the dark chocolate and cedar notes. This is a smooth wine with round, refined tannins well-suited for pairing with beef sliders, steak medallions, stuffed mushrooms, and any dark chocolate dessert!
4. Martin Craig Luminist Chardonnay Radiant aromas of orange blossom and lemon zest are balanced with stone fruit notes. Those toasty aromas from the oak aging in this wine come out when served with soft cheese appetizers like goat cheese crostini or brie, chicken liver mousse or silky, savory duck pâté.
5. Concannon Founders’ Cabernet Sauvignon This balanced and food-friendly Cabernet Sauvignon is proudly made in part from Concannon Clones in Paso Robles, California. Enjoy rich aromas and luscious flavors of intense red cherry, ripe plum and black currant intermingling with hints of cocoa, vanilla and spice. This wine is ready for aging and at it’s best alongside a platter of strong cheeses, beef croquettes or meatballs.
6. Sterling Vintner’s Collection Dark Red Blend Vivid aromas of blackberries, fresh plum and chocolate follow through to rich flavors of black cherries, fresh berry pie and notes of black tea. The plush, velvety mouthfeel and smooth finish make this wine great to serve with bacon-wrapped asparagus or shrimp, antipasto salads, caprese skewers or bruschetta.
7. Bridlemile Dundee Hills Willamette Valley Pinot Noir Bridlemile Pinot Noir intrigues with its rich array of wood violet and cocoa aromas, uncovering flavors of black cherry and spice. Framed by chewy tannins and lingering impressively, this a great wine to serve with buttery sautéed mushrooms on crostini, pancetta-wrapped figs, or charcuterie platters.
8. Stag’s Leap Hands of Time Red Wine The vibrant, juicy flavors of red cherry, raspberry and strawberry mingle with warm vanilla and a lingering spice note in this red blend, making a berry-rich companion for marinated chicken skewers, deviled eggs or garlicky flatbread pizza.
9. Domaine Ste. Michelle Brut Crisp yet delicate flavors of apple, pear and citrus give way to toast and tangerine on the finish. Refined and well-integrated, with hints of tropical fruit paired with poached apple and almond pastry, this brut is a match made in heaven when served with dungeness crab cakes, creamy dill finger sandwiches, our favorite salmon mousse, and of course, caviar.
10. Emmolo Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc Light and soft-bodied, Emmolo Sauvignon Blanc’s aromas are fresh and clean,evoking the scent of a first rain, with a hint of honeysuckle and underlying notes of tangerine and wet stone. The wine enters the palate with a crisp yet soft quality, flowing into flavors of flower blossom and ending with a mouthwatering finish of fresh peach. A long-lasting, zesty minerality leaves the sensation of both subtlety and brightness, perfect for pairing with ham, poached chicken or salmon.
We hope you’ve found some inspiration when you start planning your holiday party menu! If your wine wasn’t on this list, what wine are you planning to serve? Comment below and let us know!