Three tips for choosing the perfect wine for Christmas dinner

DALLAS (KDAF) — As we begin to prepare for the holiday dinner, we want you to be prepared with the best wines to serve. John Kiel, III Forks’ director of wine and spirits, has some great advice.

Appetizers: rosé

This wine is a perfect way to start the night with some fun. Think about it: when guests arrive, they’ll go straight for the appetizers. Rosé is fun, bubbly, and tastes great. Pairs perfectly with cheeses, shrimp cocktail, and tons of other appetizers.

Salad: sauvignon blanc

If you’re having a traditional multi-course meal this holiday season and start with a salad, the perfect pairing is sauvignon blanc.

The sauvignon blanc has herbaceous notes, some apples and a lot of grapefruit. We think this is the perfect pairing to go with salad and apples, so maybe add some diced apples to those veggies.

Entrée: chardonnay, pinot noir

So after the salad, we’re really looking forward to getting into our main course. We’re talking about turkey, ham, very popular items for your holiday dinner. A couple of wines we would recommend would be a chardonnay and a pinot noir.

Chardonnay pairs very well with any type of light meat and cream dishes. The buttery and creamy texture of the wine is a perfect pairing.

Pinot Noir pairs well with just about anything you’re going to have at a holiday dinner. It’s great with turkey, it’s great with pork. It is certainly very nice with many garnishes and its filling. Pinot noir has a very light texture, you get a lot of different cherry flavors, you give it some earth.

Red meats: red mix, cabernet

One of the wines that we like to pair with red meat is a good red blend, which is based on cabernet and merlot. One of the most important things to remember is that the fat in the meat will cut through the tannins in the wine. They will soften those tannins and really bring out the essence of that wine.

So if you’re going with a little bigger meat, maybe a ribeye, or that pink rib, I would recommend a cabernet. It is a perfect pairing for some of their larger meats.

Dessert: think sweet

You want to end up with the perfect dessert and the perfect dessert wine, so when choosing a dessert wine, think sweet is sweet.

We recommend the Viognier Doux de Calera. It has some really nice light fruit notes and pairs perfectly with the Texas pecan pie.

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