The holidays are just around the corner, which means that it’s time to start thinking about all of the great wines you’ll get to serve, drink and share during the festive season.
To make things a bit easier, we’ve put together a handful of wine pairings that we think will be the perfect compliment to all of your season’s celebrations. Happy holidays!
Pair with: 90+ Cellars Shiraz McLaren Valley Australia
A rich, savory brisket is best matched with a wine with equal flavor intensity, but that’s also refreshing so you’re ready for the next bite. Shiraz/Syrah is a great pick, especially one where full-bodied texture is accompanied by bright fruit flavors. Our go-to is our Lot 37 Shiraz from the cool ocean-influenced region of McLaren Vale in Southeastern Australia.
Pair with: 90+ Cellars 66 Riesling
The salty, sweet nature of your holiday ham begs for something cool, fruity, and slightly sweet itself; and Riesling is it. It’s light-bodied and intensely flavored with just enough tart to match the honey glaze of your main course. Don’t be afraid of Riesling’s sweetness, though. It will not seem as tangy when paired with ham. Plus, its characteristic freshness and stone fruit aromas make drinking it like biting into a refreshingly juicy nectarine.
Awkward Family Gatherings (part 2)
Pair with: 90+ Cellars Reserve Russian River Pinot Noir
The holidays are a joyous time of year. A time to celebrate with friends and family. And so what if some of those family gatherings get a little awkward. We’ve got wine!
If you want to break through those awkward family moments we recommend bringing a bottle of this Russian River Valley Pinot Noir. Russian River Pinot is the great unifier of the wine world. It’s a mellow, even-tempered California red that brings all of the holiday’s flavors, and personalities, together.
Holiday dinner with the in-laws
Pair with: 90+ Cellars Collector’s Series Barolo
Barolo has been called the “king of wines” for centuries, and is respected by wine drinkers around the world. It’s also a seriously terrific wine to class up any holiday table. Of course, good Barolo does not come cheap; so getting in on a world class Barolo for under $40, like our Collector’s Series Barolo, will impress the in-laws with your taste and your savvy shopping abilities.
Feast of 7 Fishes
Pair with: Earthshaker Tempesta di Sole Trebbiano d’Abruzzo
Most people associate the grape Trebbiano with Trebbiano Toscano, the most widely planted white grape in Italy. However, the name Trebbiano is associated with six distinct varieties, one of which is Trebbiano d’Abruzzo. The region of Abruzzo encompasses the high elevations of the Grand Sasso mountain range with the long coastline of the Adriatic Sea. Plenty of oceans and lakes from which to harvest a fishy feast. This tangy, fragrant white wine delivers proper refreshment course after course, and will pair well with a variety of fish dishes.
Pair with: 90+ Cellars Magic Door Champagne
If you haven’t tasted real Champagne all year long, then you have no option but to treat yourself for New Year’s! Many sparkling wines claim to be Champagne, but only sparkling wines made from Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Pinot Meunier grown in France’s Champagne region have the right to put the name “Champagne” on the label. Ever since Phillip II, Duke of Orleans popularized the sparkling wine by serving it at the royal palace, Champagne became the first wine craze inspired by celebrity consumption. So pop the cork and drink from this regal bottle like a royal.
Make it easy, buy all six wines in this list for 25% off with our Holiday 6-Pack!
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