Seasonal Wine Pairing Tips plus Holiday Recipes #SundaySupper with Gallo Family Vineyards

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Seasonal Wine Pairing Tips plus Holiday Recipes #SundaySupper with Gallo Family Vineyards

Seasonal Wine Pairing Tips plus Holiday Recipes #SundaySupper with Gallo Family Vineyards

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.

Beef. Velvety and full-bodied Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot complements the richness of roast beef.

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:


Main Dish:

Desserts and Sweets:

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.

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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.

Sunday Supper MovementJoin 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.
Would you like to join the Sunday Supper Movement? It’s easy. You can sign up by clicking here: Sunday Supper Movement.

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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Janet K. Keeler

Award-winning journalist Janet K. Keeler was the longtime food and travel editor of the Tampa Bay Times in St. Petersburg, Fl. She is now an assistant professor of journalism and food writing at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg. Janet retired from daily newspaper journalism in April 2015, ending a 35-year career. She has been a news reporter, copy desk chief, and features editor. She is also the author of “Cookielicious: 150 Fabulous Recipes to Bake & Share,” which was published in 2010 by Seaside Publishing.

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December 13, 2015


  1. What fantastic wine pairing tips. I need to print it out to have it as a handy list.

  2. Love everyone of these recipes! All perfect additions to my holiday menu!

  3. Liz Weber Berg

    This guide is perfect for the holidays!!! Thanks!

  4. I love seeing everyone’s recipes…so many wonderful holiday options for every occasion.

  5. I love these tips! I admit I was stuck for many wine pairings with seasonal staple flavors!


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