Choosing a wine to accompany Christmas dinner can be either simple or difficult depending on your tastes. You may wish to choose a Christmas dinner wine that is inexpensive if you are serving an abundance of people. Another consideration for Christmas wine is what kind of dish it will be paired with. Everyone has different ideas on what to serve for Christmas dinner which can range from a vegetarian variety, roast beef smothered with vegetables or a whole cooked ham with plenty of fixings.
Choosing a type of wine to go with the main meal should be your simplest task. White’s and blushes work well for fish and poultry dishes or white meats and red wines pair well with dark meats and also vegetables. You can include all types of wine for Christmas dinner or just have one type through out the evening. For some variety try 3 types of wine on Christmas. Pair one with your appetizers, one with dinner and one wine with dessert.
Each wine listed here was found at Wine’s and Spirit’s, the local liquor store in Blakeslee, Pa.
The first wine we will start off with for the appetizer course of Christmas dinner is Copperidge Vineyards White Zinfandel. The flavor is soft, fruity and mellow. It is also no filling which leaves room for other wines and Christmas dinner. Pair it with cheese and cracker and fruit appetizers for an excellent Christmas wine. This wine is bottled in Modesta, California. Priced at $7 for a 1.5 liter bottle this wine doesn’t hurt your wallet either.
Next for the main course try out a red wine on your palate for delightful taste. Concha y Toro’s Frontera Carmenere from Chile makes an astounding statement paired with a roast beef Christmas dinner. This red wine has a deep flavor with hints of dark grape, berries and nuts. Other red wines from Concha y Toro that should be mentioned are Casillero del Diablo and Marques de Casa Concha. Frontera is priced at $11 for a 1.5 liter bottle but there are often sales around the holidays on this brand.
For dessert try a wine that is sweet, white and sparkling. Chateau Ste Michelle Riesling is the way to go for after Christmas dinner. This wine is reminiscent of champagne just not as bubbly. Clear, cool, white and sweet this wine pairs with desserts of any sort including pies, ice cream and chocolate covered fruits. The price is more expensive at $14 for a .75 liter bottle but it is worth it when paired with dessert.
Drink safely this holiday season and any other day you chose to partake in alcohol. Drink responsibly and do not forget to designate a driver or to call a cab if you need one.