It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year — For Wine!

With so much activity going on in the house, so many people to entertain, and so many timers and buzzers and pots to watch, the last thing a host wants to distract themselves with is the wine they serve with holiday dinner. Luckily, with the help of our sommeliers, we’ve put together this comprehensive guide to the perfect wine pairings for your big holiday dinner.


Recommended Wine Styles for Holiday Dinner


Compliment Your Holiday Dinner with Big White Wines

While dry red wines don’t pair as well with lean meats, you still want a wine that goes well with mashed potatoes and salty, savoury sides. Choose something with good viscosity, nice flavour concentration, and bright fruit notes. Stay away from anything with high acidity.

Your two best choices include Pinot Gris (not Pinot Grigio), and buttery Chardonnays. Regionally, you want to look for wines from the Okanagan and Alsace Lorraine, such as Wolfberger from the latter. It compares to apple sauce on your dinner, acting as a compliment with just the right amount of sweetness.


Select a Low Tannin Red Wine for Turkey Dinner

That isn’t to say that a nice red should be completely ruled out. Reds can be tough with turkey, as the characteristic tannins of many varieties have a tendency to dry the mouth. Choose a red wine low in tannins and acidity, like California Zinfandel. These ‘jammy’ wines are naturally sweet, making the turkey feel much juicier instead of drying it out. Think of them as cranberry sauce, in liquid form. Spanish Monastrell wines are also nice, since they drink like a Zinfandel.


Here are a few articles with helpful tips on hosting holiday dinners and cocktail parties: