Merry Matchmaking: Wine Pairing (Christmas Edition)
Thursday December 20, 2018
With all the holiday rush happening: businesses doing twice the workload for deliveries, people trying to finish work before Christmas, and shoppers trying to get all the gifts for their family and friends completed in time – people tend to forget the finer details that add more delight to Christmas celebration. For example, that long-awaited Yuletide dinner.
Preparing dinner for Christmas is supposed to be a memorable event and a relaxing one. And it should be. This is the season that lets you spend more time with family specially those who live on the other side of the country. This is also a good chance to catch up on that friend you seldom see. In the end, this festive occasion is the perfect moment to surround yourself with your loved ones and great food.
Instead, eating together during the eve of Christmas has become instant. Buying pre-cooked dishes or ordering online for delivery are some of the ways that dinners with home-made meals are becoming a thing of the past. It has even become a burdensome task to even start planning holiday dishes. Yikes!
A Match made for Christmas
To truly enjoy the spirit of Yuletide dinners, and for that magic factor, it is best to invest in a well-thought of dishes to serve. Make two meals of each ingredient – two poultry dishes, two red meat dishes, two vegetable-based cuisines, two seafood specials. One can be as creative as possible with all the mouth-watering food to serve. But if there is a need to spruce things up, then wine pairing is a sure-way to kick off Christmas dinner. Though to be honest, we always love any good excuse to drink wine. Don’t we all do.
Since Champagne and other sparkling wines have only low levels of sugar, it is best paired with anything that is salty like roasted cranberry and goat cheese flatbreads or bruschetta recipe.
Best to try with: 2008 Louis Roederer Champagne Cristal Brut [BUY NOW]
“This latest incarnation of the famous brand is a superb wine. It is on par with, maybe even better than, the already legendary 2002. Its balance is impeccable: Apple and citrus flavors working with the tight minerality to give a textured yet fruity wine. Produced from Roederer's own vineyards which are mainly biodynamic, the wine has its own intense purity and crispness. It has amazing potential and is likely to age for many years. Drink from 2020.” – Wine Enthusiast, 100 points
Whites, like Chardonnay, are perfect to be served with indulgent seafood dishes such as seafood casserole or butter and herb baked oysters.
Best to try with: 2016 Shaw And Smith Chardonnay Lenswood Vineyard [BUY NOW]
“This offers impressive complexity and depth. Really tight-wound and reductive with citrus and peaches abound. The palate has a sleek, composed and linear style and really impressively judged ripeness. There’s a zesty edge to the fruit. Elegant and long. Drink now.” – James Suckling, 96 points
Light-bodied reds like Pinot Noir perfectly balances food with earthy taste. Think grilled Portobello mushrooms with tarragon-parsley butter or perhaps pizza topped with truffles.
Best to try with: 2014 Hyde De Villaine Pinot Noir Ysabel [BUY NOW]
“So elegant and complex with so much perfume and rose petal character. Dark fruit. Strawberry. Cedar. Full body, yet bright and focused. Refined and beautiful. Layers. Stone and cement undertones. Drink or hold. Love.” – James Suckling, 97 points
Of course, what is Christmas without a hearty meal of decadent red meat say lamb chops. Cabernet or Bordeaux wines are superb with meat or steaks because of their tannins content.
Best to try with: 2013 Miguel Torres Cabernet Sauvignon Manso De Velasco [BUY NOW]
“The classical Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 Manso de Velasco is produced with grapes from a cool vintage. It's spicy and turns meatier with time, with integrated oak aromas and moderate alcohol. There are notes of cedar wood and graphite. They are evolving towards the style of the wines from yesterday, with less alcohol—hence harvesting earlier—even if the grape provides for powerful wines (the vines are old and produce naturally concentrated wine). This has good drinkability and typicity. A textbook Chilean Cabernet Sauvignon. 58,822 bottles produced.” – Robert Parker, 92 points
There are also other wines you can pair with your Christmas dinner. Visit our Buy Now store for more options.
From our team to yours, we wish you all a bright and merry Christmas!