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4 Best Wine Pairings For Your Holiday Feast

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I’m no wine connoisseur, but I love a good glass (or three) with my holiday meals. But I never know what really goes well with my favorite foods, and particularly meats. Anyone else? So, this year I’m finally putting the effort in and figuring it out. From crisp and light whites to dry and earthy reds, here are the best wine pairings for your holiday feasts (or everyday meals, if you’re that fancy). 😛🍷

With Hearty Meats:

Cabernet Sauvignon: With the hearty meats (think prime rib or steak), a Cab Sauv is best. Filled with ripe flavors and the tannins for a lengthier finish, it’s best to pair your heavier meals with something that can balance the flavors.

Wine Idea: San Simeon 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon has bright aromas of dark raspberry, black cherry, and spicy plum that are perfectly complemented with cocoa and cedar oak from barrel-aging.

Pinot Noir: You can’t deny this beloved red wine. Pinot Noir has earthy undertones mixed and high acidity that help to cut through hearty meats without overpowering them. But because the wine is light-bodied in nature, it can mix with lighter side dishes, too.

Wine Idea:The 2018 Cline Family Cellars Sonoma County Pinot Noir is a great choice, not only because of the price ($15!) but it’s vanilla tones give it an almost meaty flavor almost a meaty flavor—great to pair with red meats.

For Lighter Meats

Chardonnay:If white wine is your thing, a chardonnay is one of the best wine pairings for your holiday feast. Chardonnay’s rich, but often fruity tastes go well with lighter meats like turkey, ham, or meat-based soups. It’s also perfect for side dishes—a subtle mouthful to keep you from getting too full before the main course.

Wine Idea: Peter Michael Point Rouge Chardonnay offers a light and almost tropical finish. This adds a bit of fruity, but not overpowering, flavor to your meal.

Riesling: Forget the classic (and too-sweet) flavors of Riesling that you’re used to. A dry version of this white wine is perfect for your Thanksgiving feast. Nothing pairs better than the semi-sweet apple and honey flavors to complement your lighter meats and side dishes. Plus, a riesling is a great option on the less expensive side, too.

Wine Idea: The 2014 Meierer Riesling Kabinett Kesten has a pleasant flavor mix of peach and herbal tones that’s less sweet, but still creates a perfect balance for savory side dishes. Plus, it’s only $18.

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Marisa Donnelly, M.Ed., is a writer/editor, credentialed teacher, proud bonus mama, and CEO of Be A Light Collective, a coaching and content creation business and digital marketplace. She is the Director of Donnelly’s Daily Apple, a flexible learning/tutoring and educational resource platform, and the lead voice for Momish Moments and Step by Step Parents, verticals dedicated to sharing and advocating for non-traditional parenting journeys. Marisa currently resides in San Diego, California, with her fiancé, kiddo, and their two rambunctious Pitbulls. ❤️

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