Ask a vino: Holiday wine pairings

Eat, drink and be merry!

What’s better than a cold night, warm friends and a good drink?

The folks at Hemman Winery say the holiday season is a perfect time to eat, drink and be merry.

“It’s not so much about consuming the alcoholic beverage, it’s more about the friendship and the fellowship that you’re spending with people,” Bonnie Hemman said.

Bonnie says she loves this time of year.

As the co-owner of the winery in Brazeau, Missouri, she says it’s their chance to bring a little more holiday cheer to the table.

“They get to sit there a little longer and talk a little bit longer,” Bonnie said.

Holiday Wine Pairings

The big question: what wine should you pour at your holiday get together?

Bonnie is quick to say there are a lllllooooootttttt of myths about wine pairings. It’s really not black and white.

The No. 1 tip: pair complimentary flavors.

You don’t want your wine to overpower the flavors of your food. You want the wine to almost enhance it.

Bonnie says no matter what you’re serving, you’d be safe with a bottle of Chambourcin.

Its dark cherry, earthy flavors will go well with turkey, ham, stuffing and green bean casserole.

You might also try something a bit non-traditional, like cranberry wine.

Since it’s not too dry, nor too sweet, Bonnie says it’ll likely satisfy everyone around your table.

Other pairings:

  1. Ham: Consider pairing something that cuts through the fatty sweetness of the meat and glaze.
    Suggestions: Zinfandel, Resiling
  2. Turkey: You rarely eat turkey just by itself. Typically, you cover it with a rich sauce along with a side of roasted veggies and herb-filled stuffing. So you’ll want something that complements those savory flavors.
    Suggestions: Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc
  3. Prime Rib: If you’re taking the bold approach and serving a prime-rib, pair it with a rich, full-bodied wine.
    Suggestions: Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz

Let’s be honest though: Bonnie says the best advice is to drink what you like to drink and just enjoy it!