How to Win at Wine for Your Holiday Gatherings This Year

‘Tis the season for celebrations, great meals, and empty wine glasses. I’ve put together a list of my favorite food-friendly wines that are going to be the true winners at your holiday gatherings this year. Let the holiday festivities begin!

Tip: Start your evenings with a “lighter wine” to prevent the urge to nap before the main course arrives.


We all love to kick off a celebration with some bubbly, so why not crack open a bottle of sparkling wine to celebrate the holidays? Bubbles tend to be very versatile with food, especially with salty dishes. My family has a tradition of making this easy chex mix recipe over the holidays which is the perfect to pair with sparkling wine.

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Mumm Napa Brut Rosé

Gloria Ferrer Sonoma Brut

Dry Riesling

Dry Riesling is one of my recent favorite wines to pair with food. It is commonly known for its crisp, citrus characteristics which makes it a great match for sweet potatoes or stuffing.

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Charles Smith Kung Fu Girl Riesling

Zind-Humbrecht Riesling


Most Americans aren’t overly familiar with this wine, but it’s definitely one to add to your dinner table. This Gamay varietal is grown in a region called Beaujolais just south of Bergundy, France. This type of grape has thin skin and is low in tannins, which makes it very food-friendly. It’s even light enough to pair with salads.

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Louis Jadot Beajolais-Villages

Cheateau Grange Cochard Beaujolais

Pinot Noir

Pinot Noir tends to be a lighter red wine that is fruity and acidic so it will always be your friend if you’re unsure what to pair with your meals. I’d recommend pairing it with turkey and cranberry sauce.

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MacRostie Russian River Pinot Noir

Iron Horse Estate Pinot Noir

Cabernet Sauvignon

Cabernet Sauvignon is typically a full-bodied, high tannin wine so I do not recommend drinking this all day. However, there’s nothing better than ending an evening with family and friends curled up on the couch, next to the fireplace, with a glass of cab in hand.

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Ferrari-Carano Cabernet Sauvignon

Hall Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon