This guide will take some of the guess-work out of what you need for Santa’s arrival, dinner wine pairings and all the wonderful festivities surrounding Christmas.
Start Your Christmas Day with Champagne
Whether it’s morning mimosas or afternoon wine and cheese, Christmas Day begins with bubbles.
Ditch the Irish cream and coffee and go for a refreshing Mimosa to start your Christmas morning. This simple recipe of Champagne and orange juice in equal parts is not only a great celebration beverage, but a pretty tasty way to get some Vitamin C.
If you don’t want to start the day with bubbles, make sure you have Champagne on hand for an afternoon of snacks, board games and relatives.
Bollinger Special Cuvée NV — Champagne, France
A classic Champagne that will make any occasion a little extra special.
Veuve Clicquot Rosé NV — Champagne, France
From the Grande Dame of Champagne who created the very first rosé Champagne.
Parés Baltà Brut Cava — Penedes, Spain
If Christmas has a tight budget this year, then Cava is the best choice. A tasty traditional method sparkling wine at a fraction of the cost.
White, Red and Rosé Wines for Christmas Turkey Dinner
You’ve got options when it comes to the best wines to pair with Turkey
Whether you’re having ham or turkey for holiday dinner, lighter bodied red wines are the best way to go. They won’t feel heavy on the palate and weigh you down before you slip into a turkey coma! Light reds go with white meat, dark meat or even tofurkey for our vegetarian friends.
Of course, red isn’t your only option. We highly recommend a dry rosé wine for whatever is being served and for our white wine drinkers, a Pinot Gris is a great accompaniment, too.
Illahe Vineyards Estate Pinot Gris — Willamette Valley, Oregon
Complex fruit flavours and a rich texture. Apples, lemon zest, almond butter and a spicy finish of cardamom. Everything you’re looking for in a quality Pinot Gris.
Franz Haas Pinot Grigio — Alto Adige, Italy
Intense aroma with elegance and finesse. More complex than you expect, but still goes down easy.
Sokol Blosser Estate Rosé of Pinot Noir — Dundee Hills, Oregon
Strawberries, pink grapefruit and cranberries! A delightful and crushable wine. Who needs cranberry sauce when you’ve got a bottle of great rosé?!
Laurent Dufouleur Coteaux Bourguinons — Burgundy, France
This incredible blend of Gamay Noir and Pinot Noir is unoaked to showcase a beautiful fruit flavour and aroma. You’ve never had anything quite like it!
Stoneboat Vineyards Pinot Noir — Okanagan Valley, BC
Savoury aromas with rich raspberry and cranberry fruit flavours and a little hint of baking spice on the finish. Light bodied, but no withering flower. An amazing match for turkey.
Vineland Estates Gamay Noir — Niagara Peninsula, Ontario
This wine is so delicious, you’ll keep coming back to it again and again. Not only is it a great pairing with Christmas dinner, but it’s a put your feet up and be grateful for everything you have kind of wine.
How To Cook A Turkey
Not sure how long to cook your turkey?
This link will help!
Step-by-step instructions to oven roast a frozen, fresh or stuffed turkey.
Be Sure to Save Room for Dessert Wine
A fortified wine is the best way to compliment Pumpkin Pie
It doesn’t matter if it’s apple pie or pumpkin pie, you need a good fortified wine to go with it. If pie isn’t your thing, that’s okay. You can skip dessert but don’t skip dessert wine! Sherry and Port are both great ways to end a meal.
Nutty Solera Medium Oloroso Sherry — Jerez, Spain
Put down the Bristol Cream and reach for a medium sweet style of sherry. Without being overly sweet, you get a mouthful of delicious dried fruit flavours with caramel, toffee, vanilla, roasted almonds and a hint of cloves.
Quinta do Vallado Tawny Porto 20 Yrs — Douro, Portugal
Fresh and lively with a satin finish. Notes of dried fruit, orange peel, brown sugar, and a bit of smoke. A long, rich finish. Be careful — it’s so balanced and velvety, you can hardly taste the alcohol!
Spend the Evening by the Fire with a Warm Glass of Christmas
A spicy mulled wine has all the smells and comfort of the holidays.
Spirit Hills Bonfire Mulled Honey Wine — Millarville, Alberta
A traditional European winter wine that will warm your heart. Flavoured with local black currants and Saskatoon berries along with cinnamon and clove spices. A great beverage to warm you up after a day of sledding, ice fishing, or skating. We recommend slowly warming it up in a pot on the stove so your whole house smells like fresh baked berry pie.
Now that you’re all set with the 12 Wines of Christmas Dinner, have a look at these other great holiday wine articles:
- Christmas is Amarone season, but What is Amarone and Why Is it So Expensive?
- Sherry vs. Port — What’s the difference?
- How To Find the Best Champagne Under $50