Sultry suggestions: top wines to pair with your holiday meal

People often associate the holiday season with wine gifts and reunions, and for the most part, they are correct. However, one thing that will never get out of fashion in any holiday gathering is the food. Regardless of how you celebrate Christmas, the culture, the tradition, and the practices behind it often meet in the middle with the help of delicacies that will brighten up the festivities further.

That being said, one of the most in-demand items during holiday dinners is wine.

Suppose you happen to be organising a Christmas dinner right now and have no idea of what specific wine to pair the meal with; no need to worry. We have listed a couple of examples below that may help make up your mind.

Dessert wine

This type of wine is one of the ideal choices to pair with sweet desserts. Usually, these wines can be enjoyed chilled or at room temperature. They are typically served in a small glass, so you don’t need to worry about having enough left to last you through the dinner.

One of the most popular types of dessert wines is Moscato. These wines are made from the Greco wine grape. In most cases, they are lightly sparkling, which makes them a fine choice for the meal.


Sherry is primarily a fortified wine, which means it is made from distilled wine. This kind of wine is widely known for being delicate, making it perfect for pairing with seafood.

While there are a few different types of sherry, dry sherry is one that goes well with most kinds of seafood.


Port is another type of fortified wine, but it is not made from distilled wine, unlike sherry. Instead, it is made from a grape variety called the grape. It is also widely known for being great for pairing with chocolate desserts.

White wine

For most people, white wines are synonymous with the holiday season. That said, there are many selections to choose from that can stand out from the crowd and make their way to your dinner table.

Chenin Blanc

Chenin Blanc is an excellent choice for the holiday dinner, especially if there is someone you know who is a fan of sweet beverages. The best thing about this particular white wine is that it can be enjoyed well chilled or slightly warm, depending on your tastes.


It should come as no surprise that Chardonnay is widely known for being one of the key ingredients in most Champagne, a staple of any holiday season. Unlike Chenin Blanc, it can only be enjoyed at room temperature.


Red wine

Red wine is somewhat celebrated as their white counterparts. Regardless of what kind of meal you are having, they are sure to look great on the table and provide you with a perfect complement to the meal.

Rosé wine

Rosé wine is one of the most festive choices you could make for your holiday meal. It is a deep pink, making it look great on the table. It is also an excellent choice for the holiday meal because it can be paired with sweet and savoury dishes.


These are just some of the best options to pair with your Christmas dinner. While people will always have their tastes and preferences.


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