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December 18, 2018

Christmas Dinner Wine Recommendations

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 8:25 pm

turkey_ham_smallAuthor: Dirk Chan

Wow…Christmas is almost upon us, so here is our annual picks to accompany the classic turkey and/or ham dinner with all its fixings. Start your evening off with a sparkling wine,followed by whites, reds, a dessert wine and perhaps a lovely port to end off the evening.

Sparkling Wines

Sparkling wines are a great way to start any function whether its a greeting aperitif or to pair with appetizers. Lively and clean, these will get everyone ready for what’s to come next.


2013 Domaine Rosier Cuvee Ma Maison Cremant de Limoux (Languedoc-Roussillon, France) – $21.99

NV Luis Pato Bruto Vinho Espumante Rosado (Bairrada, Portugal) – $21.49

2016 Medici Concerto Lambrusco (Emilia-Romagna, Italy) – $25.99

2011 Edoardo Miroglio Brut Rose (Bulgaria) – $36.99


Now if you serve Champagne, your audience will immediately know you’re here to do some serious partaking and celebrating.

NV Domaine Ployez-Jacquemart Extra Brut Passion (Champagne, France) – $66.99

NV Nicolas Maillart Brut Rosé Grand Cru (Champagne, France) – $74.99

NV Billecart-Salmon Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru (Champagne, France) – $149.99

2006 Taittinger Comtes de Champagne (Champagne, France) – $299.99

Whites & Pinks

Whites with a touch of sweetness is preferred because of the sweetness of some of the fixings – candied yams, cranberry sauce, and honey for the glazed ham. A completely dry white will seem more austere and void of fruit due to the sweetness of the food so I recommend Rieslings (dry or off-dry, both work), Gewurztraminers or other Germanic or Alsace varietals. Having said that, some will always go with a dry creamy Chardonnay or Chenon irregardless and that’s perfectly fine. Also, don’t forget that rosés work really well too!

2017 Hess Family Amalaya Salto Torrontes Riesling (Calchaqui, Argentina) – $16.99

2001 Querbach Library Release Edition Riesling (Rheingau, Germany) – $29.99


2015 Spier 21 Gables Chenin Blanc (Western Cape, South Africa) – $32.99

2010 Domaine Lucien Jacob Savigny-Vergelesses Premiere Cru (Burgundy – Cote de Beaune, France) – $49.99

2013 Schlossgut Diel Riesling Spatlese Dorsheimer Goldloch (Nahe, Germany) – $59.99

2013 Zind-Humbrecht Clos Windsbuhl Pinot Gris (Alsace, France) – $109.99

2017 Château Le Grand Verdus Rose (Bordeaux, France) – $21.99

2017 Agricola Tiberio Cerasuolo d’Abruzzo (Abruzzi, Italy) – $28.99


For reds, try to avoid the big oaky tannic monsters. Oak and tannins are the enemies when pairing with slightly sweet food, try for a red with lots of up-front fruit, little oak and a soft tannins like a Beaujolais (served slightly chilled) or a Pinot Noir.

2017 Zorzal Pinot Noir Terroir Unico (Mendoza, Argentina) – $19.99

2015 Dominique Piron Chiroubles (Beaujolais, France) – $27.99

2010 Château Le Borderon (Bordeaux – Haut-Medoc, France) – $29.99

2016 G. D. Vajra Luigi Baudana Dragon Langhe Rosso (Piedmont, Italy) – $31.99

2015 Domaine Pavelot Savigny les Beaune (Burgundy – Cote de Beaune, France) – $44.99

2001 Faustino I Gran Reserva (Rioja, Spain) – $59.99

2015 Montes Purple Angel (Colchagua Valley, Chile) – $84.99

2011 Castello dei Rampolla Sammarco (Tuscany, Italy) – $99.99

2014 Robert Craig Mount Veeder Cabernet Sauvignon (California – Napa Valley, United States) – $139.99

2000 Château Lafon-Rochet (Bordeaux – St. Estephe, France) – $169.99

2010 Ghislain Kohut Echezeaux Grand Cru (Burgundy – Cote de Nuits, France) – $179.99

1995 Château Clinet (Bordeaux – Pomerol, France) – $319.99


As for dessert, remember dessert wine should be sweeter than the dessert itself.

2015 Elderton Botrytis Semillon (Barossa Valley, Australia) 375mL – $22.99

2006 Il Poggione Sant’Antimo Vin Santo Riserva (Tuscany, Italy) – 500mL -$48.99

2003 Château Suduiraut (Bordeaux – Sauternes, France) – 375mL – $59.99

2001 Avignonesi Occhio di Pernice Vin Santo (Tuscany, Italy) – 375mL – $349.99

Port (Post Dinner)

Port is always good for the final touches of a meal whether its a ruby or a tawny. Try with blue-veined cheeses and roasted nuts.

Porto Quevedo White Port (Douro, Portugal) – $22.99

NV Quinta da Trovisca Reserve Ruby Bio Port (Douro, Portugal) – $39.99

1995 Messias Colheita (Douro, Portugal) – $59.99

Quinta do Mourao Sao Leonardo 30 Year Old Tawny Port (Douro, Portugal) – $149.99

1968 Taylor Fladgate Very Old Single Harvest Port (Douro, Portugal) – $289.99

1994 Taylor Fladgate Vintage Port (Douro, Portugal) – $499.99

Finally, if you are pressed for time, try out our December Mixed Case – $233.87 or our December Club 6-Pack – $171.08 where a lot of the wines would pair well with Christmas dinner.

Note our extended hours of operations leading up to Christmas and New Years.

Top of the Season to everyone!

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