How to pick the perfect wine for Christmas

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The holiday season is an inherently festive time with an abundance of parties, get-togethers, and other special events sprinkled generously throughout the several last weeks of the year. There are plenty of opportunities to imbibe. And with so much holiday season centered on food, there are countless opportunities for wine and food pairing and personalization.

Regardless if you’re a red or white wine lover, or you’re planning a small, sit-down dinner or a large scale affair, Psst.ph gives you a guide to some fantastic wine varieties that will leave you and your guests feeling particularly festive during the holiday celebrations.

Chardonnay

A rich and creamy, full-bodied white wine that typically has notes of vanilla. Apple, pear, and melon are its primary dominant flavours, while other fruits and smoke are apparent in this classic variety as well. All the flavours mold together in creating a white wine that boasts rich, buttery texture vaguely reminiscent of your favourite holiday treats and sweets. Pairs well with roast chicken, fresh corn on the cob, clams and seafood.

Merlot

For a classic and smooth wine flavour that goes well with different dishes, Merlot is an ideal choice. Medium-bodied, with an uncomplicated fruitiness that is often described as “jammy” and a taste that’s going to remind you of cherries or plums, this easy-to-drink wine varietal is such a crowd-pleaser that pairs perfectly well with many dishes such as pasta, lamb and red meat.

Cabernet Sauvignon

Want to “wow” your party guests with a big and bold red wine with a rich, velvety texture and a lot of tannins? Cabernet Sauvignon is a good way to go. Not only is it a bold, garnet color that conjures up images of Christmas decorations and cozy fireplaces but it also offers fantastic cherry and blackberry flavours with subtle coffee, chocolate, and tobacco finish. It pairs perfectly well with strong cheeses, red meat and heavy dishes, making it the perfect wine for holiday indulging.

Syrah

Syrah is one of the darkest red wines in the market. With its deep red hue and full-bodied texture exuding rich flavours of berries, pepper, tobacco, and even smoked meat. This varietal will jazz up any holiday festivity. It is an ideal accompaniment to meat and just about an food you enjoy during the holidays. A great bonus to drinking Syrah is that due to the high tannins present in the wine, it also has one of the highest levels of health-benefitting antioxidants.

Temperanillo

The garnet-hued Temperanillo from Spain exudes flavours of tea, brown sugar, and vanilla when made in traditional style, and can display aromas and flavours of plums, tobacco and cassis when made in a more modern style. This red wine tends to be medium-bodied wine with substantial tannins, likely to keep your guests wanting more. Due to its savory qualities, roasted vegetables, cured and grilled meats, and tomato-based dishes create an exceptional pairing.

Wines make an ideal choice for any holiday occasion, from Christmas dinners to New Year’s Eve celebrations. So sit back and sip on something sensational this holiday season and bring your friends and family along for the fun!

Vance Madrid

Freelance writer, lifestyle blogger, social media manager, events coordinator, scriptwriter, film buff, wanderlust and certified foodie. Zealous for a keyboard and new experiences, I wish to live and learn through my writing.