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Top 7 Wine Varieties to Pair with Your Holiday Meal

With such a large array of food at the average holiday meal there is a lot of room for error when choosing a wine to pair. Don’t make the mistake and serve a wine that overwhelms the palate, so much so you can’t even taste the meal, or bring wine the host would be embarrassed to serve.  Don’t get me wrong, the holidays are about love, friendship, and family, but everyone has been looking forward to good reason to pack on the pounds.

Top 7 Varieties That Will Please Everyone at the Table

1. Chardonnay

This is a classic Holiday meal pairing and if you have a table with mature wine drinkers, this is a great choice.

Here are some suggestions:


La Crema               


2. Sauvignon Blanc

Wines made from the Sauvignon Blanc grape tend to be very acidic and clean.  This is a great palate cleanser in between bites. 

Here are some suggestions:

Cloudy Bay

Ladoucette Les Deux


3. Pinot Grigio

This is a beautifully fruit forward grape, that is light and easy drinking.  This is a crowd pleaser and it is a great wine to serve a group of people that aren’t big wine drinkers.

Here is a  suggestion:

4. Reisling

This grape is made in 2 styles, sweet and dry, either go great with traditional holiday meals because neither overwhelm the palate; you truly will taste the food. After all,that is what it is all about.

Here is a  suggestion:

Dr. L

5. Pinot Noir

Pinot Noir is also known as Burgundy, and this is a great pairing because of its soft flavors, light body, and gorgeous fruit. This is also a great wine that pleases the novice wine drinker.

Here are some suggestions:



La Crema

6. Merlot

This is an easy drinking wine that has gorgeous smooth flavors, it only compliments and enhances food.

Here are some suggestions:



7. Zinfandel

This a soft wine with a medium body.  Great sun-dried fruit flavors will dance in your mouth and go seamlessly with everything on the table.

Here is a  suggestion:


Cheers and Happy Holidays!

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