Our favorite wines for Christmas and the New Year!

Our favorite holiday wines and pairings:

Allow us to make your holiday entertaining easy with our top 2, favorite wines, including red, white, and sparkling wine selections! Wondering what to serve with your festive holiday beverages? Don’t worry—we have some great pairing suggestions as well as helpful tips! Drumroll please…

Our Favorite Red Wines:

  • Remoissenet Santenay Grand Clos Rousseau Red Burgundy—While the name is a mouthful, this is guaranteed to be a guest favorite. Featuring 100% pinot noir, from Burgundy, France, this classic red boasts of brandied black cherries, baking spices, and baker’s chocolate.

This pairs well with beef, salmon and pork.  

  • Ruffino Chianti Classico—One of our all-time favorites, from the Tuscany region, this is comprised of the most famous red grape variety of Chianti, along with Merlot, and Cabernet Sauvignon. This classic is well balanced on the palate, with velvety tannins, firm acidity, and a lingering finish of rosemary.

This pairs well with prosciutto and other antipasti, mushroom risotto, pasta Bolognese, and chicken cacciatore. Or, pair it with simple grilled meats and roasted vegetables for a classic Tuscan meal.

Our Favorite White Wines:

This pairs well with shellfish, fish, white cream sauce or poultry.

  • Paraiso Vineyards Riesling—Who doesn’t love a good Riesling? This smooth Riesling is bursting with flavors of honey dew melon and berries. Your pallet will enjoy crispness and off-dry sweetness with this easy-drinking wine. This pairs well with Asian fare and seafood.

Our Favorite Sparkling Wines/Bubbly:

  • Bon Vivant Brut-—This California sparkling wine is crisp and elegant, made from Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grapes.

This pairs well with a charcuterie, creamy cheeses or shellfish.

  • Mumm Napa Brut Prestige—Another classic Pinot Noir and Chardonnay is a medium-bodied sparkling wine with layered white blossom aromas, followed by creamy vanilla, citrus, stone fruit and melon.

This pairs well with a variety of foods including gouda cheese, caviar, smoked salmon, and fried chicken.

Looking for something a little different, to pass around at your next holiday party? Try this delicious hot, spiced wine:

Hot, spiced wine recipe:

Ingredients:

2 bottles (750 ml) Merlot

2 navel oranges, sliced

2 whole star anise

1 stick cinnamon

4 whole cloves

1/2 cup Clover Honey

Directions:

Add wine, orange slices, star anise, cinnamon stick, cloves, and honey to large pan; stir to combine. Bring to simmer on HIGH. Reduce heat to LOW. Simmer gently 10-12 min to steep. Ladle wine into heatproof glasses; serve immediately.

Entertaining tips:

How many does a bottle of wine serve? Each 750 ml bottle contains about 6, 4oz. pours.

To chill or not to chill? Always serve white wines, chilled or on ice before serving, while red wines almost always remain at room temperature.

Cheers to you and yours this holiday season! May you enjoy these favorites as much as we do.

 

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