The holiday season seams to always sneak up on us and this wild year is no different. As you are finishing up your last minute shopping, Wine Curations would like to help you choose which wines to buy for Christmas dinner. Whether you are having a lighter fare with seafood or a beef tenderloin, we have you covered for the main dishes.
This can be a large category of course. However, most seafood dishes will be lighter and will call for a lighter wine. Whether it is crab, shrimp, lobster or a light, flaky fish, we recommend a nice Sancerre or Pouilly Fumé. Both of these wines come from the Loire Valley region of France, and the varietal of both wines is sauvignon blanc. These wines will have nice acidity along with citrus and mineral notes. Some Pouilly Fumés are known for a slight smokiness component which can go perfect if any of the seafood is grilled.
Maybe you are serving a roast turkey or rotisserie chicken. With white meat, we recommend a white wine, such as, chardonnay or viognier. Both of these wines are heavier bodied. They pair well with a bit of the fat and sometimes smokiness that comes from the way these birds are prepared.
Pork is a popular option for Christmas. Many people do pork tenderloin or down here in South Florida, there is the tradition of Cuban slow roasted pork for Christmas Eve. With pork, a medium bodied red wine with a bit of acidity to cut through the fat is perfect. We recommend Chianti or Grenache/Garnacha. These will complement and not overwhelm the other white meat.
Braised lamb and lamb chops are popular holiday dishes. These are heavier meats and call for a bit heavier reds. We recommend a nice Rioja Reserva or Gran Reserva so there is a little age to it. Another great option is something from the Southern Rhone, such as, Chateauneuf-du-Pape.
Steak is always a popular option for a holiday gathering. Whatever you favorite cut of beef may be, they will all go well with a classic Napa cabernet sauvignon or a French Bordeaux. These are both heavy bodied wines with tannins to hold up to the strong meat flavors. These are also both popular wines and therefore, crowd pleasers.
Whatever you wine (or wines) you choose to serve with dinner, we hope you enjoy them with friends and family.
Merry Christmas from Wine Curations