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Holiday Wine Pairings

As the holidays approach, the last thing on your mind is what wine you should drink with your holiday feast. At Salt+Vine Wine Co. we’re all about versatile wines that can pair with traditional main courses to the sweetest desserts. Here are some of our favorites to get you in the mood for the holidays!

The Main Event

A light-bodied red with fruit notes will complement the turkey and all of our classic sides without overshadowing the more delicate dishes on your table. Check out these reds from our menu to help inspire you:

  • Domaine A.F. Gros, Moulin-a-Vent En Mortperay (France)

  • Kate Arnold, Pinot Noir (Oregon)

  • Vintage Cowboys, Cabernet (California)

  • Bearitage, Red Blend (California)

If your family includes white wine drinkers, you should go with a medium-bodied wine with fruit notes. Similarly, these wines will not overpower the flavor of the traditional holiday dishes, but enhance them on your palette. Check out these whites from our menu for some inspiration:

  • Dalton Estates, White Blend (Isreal)

  • Moroki, Sauvignon Blanc (New Zealand)

  • Pillitteri, Gewurztraminer (Canada)

  • Due Leoni, Pino Grigio (Italy)

The After Party (desserts)

Pumpkin Pie - Chardonnay

Chardonnay is a bit of a diva. Sometimes it just wants to be on its own. However, a classic pumpkin pie can handle an oaked Chardonnay. At the store look for something like our Del Rio, Chardonnay (Oregon) with notes of melon, caramel, almond, and apricot; well balanced, with a light lingering creamy finish.

Apple Pie - Chenin Blanc

The crispness and acidity of this prolific South African varietal help offset the rich buttery crust of mom’s famous apple pie. While we don't have one on our menu this spicy, full-bodied wine with notes of apple, pear, and passion fruit could also complement the entire meal.

Cherry Pie - Syrah

If your dessert is already sweet, you don’t want a wineglass full of syrup. Spices and tannins that makeup Syrah make it a great pairing for a fruit-forward treat like the traditional cherry pie. With notes of chocolate, coffee, and tobacco the Syrah is sure to pair well with the sweetest of your desserts.

Pecan Pie - Gamay

Finding a wine that pairs well with nuts and a sugary, caramelized crust can be a challenge… while some prefer coffee or bourbon with this holiday favorite a Gamay is a sure-fire win for any wine drinker. If you must have wine (and WE must!), the fruity and spicy notes in any Gamay are definitely the winners when it comes to pecan pie.

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