Simple & easy wine pairings from your friends @ PIAW
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We have compiled a list of wine options to pair with your Christmas Dinner. The list will fit every budget and every palate. Celebrating the holidays may look different this year, which is all the more reason to open a bottle and enjoy a wonderful glass of wine with family, friends or enjoy every sip to yourself.
There are several traditional variations when celebrating Christmas. We suggest matching the main protein dish with your wine. We’ve listed types of wine to make the pairing easy for everyone. We have several of these options available for purchase.
Wine with Roast Beef
o Nero d’Avola - A full-bodied Sicilian wine that is often compared to Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah.
o Cabernet Franc - An herbaceous medium-bodied red wine probably more famous for the regions that produce it such as Chinon in Loire Valley, France.
o Tempranillo - Look for ‘Reserva’ Tempranillo from Rioja or check out the awesome Spanish wine value region called Ribera del Duero
o Sangiovese - is known by many regional names, keep your eyes peeled for Montalcino Rosso, Vino Nobile de Montepuliciano and, of course, the opulent and tannic Brunello di Montalcino.
o Merlot Blends - An outstanding alternative to Cabernet Sauvignon (and usually quite a few bucks cheaper) is Merlot.
o Cabernet Sauvignon Blends - For value, look into Argentina and Chile for some excellent Cabernet-based blends with either Carmenere (in Chile) or Malbec (in Argentina)
Wine with Ham
o Rosé Wine - The classic region for great dry rosé is Provence.
o Grenache or Garnacha - Grenache has the fruitiness to stand up to inherently sweet ham.
o Côtes du Rhône Blends - This wine is actually a blend of Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedre.
Wine with Turkey (and Chicken)
• Barbera - Will do very well with meals that include meats other than turkey such as roast beef, venison and roasted pork.
• Gamay -Will pair perfectly with turkey, chicken or other lighter proteins. An ideal wine with cream and cheese-based dishes.
• Zinfandel or Primitivo - Will pair perfectly with turkey and other dishes with dry spices.
• Pinot Noir - Will pair perfectly with turkey, chicken or other lighter proteins. An ideal wine with cream and cheese-based dishes.
• Châteauneuf du Pape - Will pair nicely with turkey and ham. Will work wonderfully with roasted root vegetables.
• Amarone - Will pair nicely with turkey and ham. Amarone works great with dry spices like cinnamon and clove and dishes with inherent sweetness.
Here are a few specific wines PIAW suggest.
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