More than any other month, December has its flavors. And matching them with wine can be a challenge because they are so varied. Today, we offer handy seasonal wine pairing advice that will help you choose the best wine for what you are serving.
Sunday Supper welcomes Gallo Family Vineyards to the table tonight, and the California winemaker has a full slate of wine to choose from for your holiday meals. Here are 10 wine paring tips to start you on your way. Just know, you can’t go wrong pouring with Pinot Noir or Chardonnay with just about everything.
Cranberry. From Thanksgiving through Christmas, you’ll find cranberries in everything from cookies to desserts, sauces to side dishes. The best wine to serve is Pinot Noir, medium bodied with berry overtones, or Riesling with its peach and citrus notes.
Peppermint. Could you use a peppermint stick to stir a wine cocktail? Why not, especially if you start with Pinot Noir as your base. Or maybe just serve a glass with after-dinner peppermint cookies. Or at the cookie exchange party.
Gingerbread. Gingerbread has deep roots in Germany, as does Riesling wine. The spicy baked good meshes well with this versatile wine that has a nutty, citrus flavor.
Goose & Turkey. Keep the Pinot Noir on hand for most poultry. It’s light enough to not overpower, but strong enough so it won’t get lost.
Ham. The honeyed sweetness of White Moscato is the perfect pairing for the salty cured pork. Makes sense when you think about all the hams served with a honey glaze.
Shellfish. Shrimp, crab, oysters and scallops are a grand tradition for the holidays. Pair them with crisp Sauvignon Blanc or buttery Chardonnay.
Fruitcake. This baked confection is often already soaked in spirits, usually rum or brandy. Still, a glass of White Moscato with its summer fruit flavors pairs well.
Corn Pudding or Spoon Bread. Pinot Noir is back in service for corn dishes, which have their own sweetness. The earthiness of the corn plays well with Pinot.
Scalloped Potatoes. Serving this luxurious side dish laced with cheese and cream? Break out the Red Moscato and its red cherry overtones.
The Sunday Supper tastemakers have matched Gallo Family Vineyards wines with 20 recipes, all developed with holiday entertaining in mind. We are looking forward to tonight’s 7 p.m. ET Twitter for our wine pairing tip celebration sponsored by Gallo Family Vineyards. We invite you to join us at the table by following the hashtag #SundaySupper. Today’s recipes:
- Bacon Pineapple Jalapeño Cheese Ball from Renee’s Kitchen Adventures
- Baked Brie with Cranberries & Almonds from Peanut Butter and Peppers
- Best Bar Nuts from Shockingly Delicious
- Lamb Seekh Kebabs from Soni’s Food
- Mediterranean Turkey Pita Bites from Magnolia Days
- Roasted Garlic Onion Dip from Food Done Light
- Roasted Cranberry Crostini from Recipes, Food and Cooking
- Slow Cooker Queso Blanco with Salsa Verde from Bobbi’s Kozy Kitchen
- Spicy Shrimp and Roasted Pepper Cheese Crostini from Fearless Dining
- Italian Hoagie Flatbread from Family Foodie
- Roast Duck with Mole Sauce from Curious Cuisiniere
- Seafood Cannelloni from Palatable Pastime
Desserts and Sweets:
- Caramel Bread Pudding from Cosmopolitan Cornbread
- Chocolate Cups Filled with Cinnamon Pastry Cream and Berries from Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks
- Chocolate Dipped Cheesecake Bites from That Skinny Chick Can Bake
- Chocolate Hazelnut Mousse from Life Tastes Good
- Cranberry Orange Walnut Truffles from Desserts Required
- Cranberry Panna Cotta from The Freshman Cook
- Crustless Pumpkin Pie with Orange Scented Whipped Cream from Recipe for Perfection
- Dark Cherry Chocolate Cheese Danish from Cindy’s Recipes and Writings
Plus don’t miss the Seasonal Wine Pairing Tips by Sunday Supper Movement.
Need more inspiration for holiday traditions? Check out Gallo Family Vineyards’ blog.
Gallo Family Vineyards is giving back to the community by supporting Meals on Wheels America to improve the health and quality of life for the seniors they serve. For the sixth year, Gallo Family Vineyards is taking part in the annual Every Cork Counts™ program. The winemaker is donating $1 for every cork that it receives in the mail. You can also participate by uploading a photo of a cork here.
More on Gallo Family Vineyards: Follow them on social media to keep up the latest on their happenings and wines. Here are quick links to GFV’s profiles: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube. The Gallo Family Vineyards website has lots of information on their wines plus wine & food pairings and a handy store locator.
Join the #SundaySupper conversation on twitter on Sunday! We tweet throughout the day and share recipes from all over the world. Our weekly chat starts at 7 pm ET. Follow the #SundaySupper hashtag and remember to include it in your tweets to join in the chat. To get more great Sunday Supper Recipes, visit our website or check out our Pinterest board.
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Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Gallo Family Vineyards via Sunday Supper, LLC. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author, and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Gallo Family Vineyards
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