To help you figure out a perfect pairing I’ve enlisted the help of my most trusted wine advisor, Brian Maloney, our amazing Category Manager for Wine and Beer at HL. Here’s what Brian says:
The following are some great suggestions, but wine is special and unique, and there will always be exceptions to the “rules.” If it’s not the perfect pairing…don’t sweat it…just enjoy the wine!
Turkey: Pinot Noir, Beaujolais, Dolcetto, Etna Rosso, Northern Rhone Syrah, Chardonnay, Rose, Sparkling.
Ham: Riesling, Gewürztraminer, Pinot Gris, Rose, Sparkling.
Beef: Bordeaux, Bordeaux-style blends (from California or Washington State), Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon, Barolo, Brunello di Montalcino, Chateauneuf du Pape.
Light White Fish with citrus-based sauce: Sauvignon Blanc, Unoaked Chardonnay, Italian White, French White, Pinot Gris, Sparkling.
Salmon, Tuna, or Swordfish: Pinot Noir, Loire Valley Cabernet Franc, Rose, Sparkling or any of the above whites.
A vegetarian meal: Try to match to the protein or to the sauce.
Veggie based dish: Light Whites – Pinot Grigio, Unoaked Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Rose.
Savory (mushroom based/ lentils): French or Oregon Pinot Noir, Syrah, Rhone Reds, Grenache-based blends from France, Spain or California.
Spicy (think Mexican or curry-based): Riesling, Gewürztraminer, Pinot Gris, Sparkling, Rose, Spanish Reds (Mexican only).
Tomato Based (Pizza, Pasta): Italian reds – Chianti, Barbera, Nebbiolo, Dolcetto.
If you are in doubt, we’ve put together 6 wines, along with a pairing chart, for $65, that should meet your needs this holiday season!