‘Tis the season for Holiday celebrations. Time to feast on family favorites and perhaps try out something new. Even if you're working on the details, there's probably a mental image - roasted turkey, buttery mashed potatoes, yams dolloped with marshmallows. It all seems perfect until you remember the wine. What pairs with all that?
First, a brief wine 101. Pairing is about balancing structure. The levels of acid and alcohol, its tannin, determine a wine's structure. Think of food the same way. Delicate dishes would be overpowered by a full-bodied wine with a lot of tannins. At the same time, a rich dish would overshadow a light wine.
So with the assortment of foods and flavors during the Holidays, where does that leave you? Well, not with one wine, but a few.
Pair Wines With People
You could follow the advice of many sommeliers, buying a versatile Pinot Noir and Riesling. Like your classic pumps, they go with everything. But what if your in-laws only drink Chardonnay? What about your sister who swears by Red Zinfandel?
Bottom line, you know your guests better than the experts. So make adjustments for their wine style.
Buy What You Like
Don't overthink it. Trust your palate and buy what you enjoy drinking.
Remember What's Important
The wine doesn't have to be perfect. The Holidays are about the friends and family gathered around your table, not what's on it.
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