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6 Holiday Wine Pairings That Will Impress Your Guests

From spending time with friends and family to the festive music and events of the season, it isn’t hard to find happiness and joy all around during the holiday season. And it isn’t hard to guess what one of our favorite parts of this glorious season is — holiday wine pairings!

Making your next holiday gathering special doesn’t have to mean being a gourmet chef or a total wine expert. These accessible holiday recipes are an excellent way to excite your guests while enjoying types of wine that bring out the flavor in each meal. And don't forget to finish these pairings off with some dessert wines!

Winestyr VP of Wine Will Whelan did some holiday wine pairings with six Winestyr wines to help you get the most out of this holiday season.

riley's rows pinot noir 

Coq Au Vin & Pinot Noir

Searching for a way to impress guests at your next party? Treat them to the mouthwatering flavors of coq au vin. This French dish pairs chicken, red wines, and mushrooms for an explosion of flavor in every bite. Seriously, it’s that good.

Easily whip up your own version using Julia Child’s quintessential recipe and our stainless clad saute pan. As you can probably guess, we aren't going to pair a red wine dish with any white wines like a sauvignon blanc. Pair this meal with a pinot noir such as Riley’s Rows 2018 Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir from Winestyr's wine list for a Christmas Eve dinner table experience that won’t be soon forgotten.

Estimated Prep/Cook Time: 1 hour

bello family vineyards cabernet sauvignon

Beef Tenderloin with Au Gratin Potatoes & Cabernet Sauvignon

There’s nothing more comforting than a dish that boasts red meat and potatoes. Consider beef tenderloin with an au gratin potatoes side dish for an easy down-home dinner your guests are sure to enjoy. Think of the pair as a dynamic duo ready to liven up your holiday dinner and leave guests satisfied, full, and happy.

This classic beef tenderloin recipe features the fantastic flavor pairing of rosemary and garlic and is easily prepared in our signature roasting pan. Meanwhile, this perfect au gratin potato recipe uses gruyere and parmesan cheeses for a creamy consistency and eye-closing deliciousness in every single bite. Will advised us that this dish will pair perfectly with a cabernet sauvignon like the Bello Family Vineyards 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon.

Estimated Prep/Cook Time: 50 minutes for the tenderloin, 2 hours for the potato gratin; both can be made the day before

foundation red

Leg of Lamb & Red Blend

Feeling a little adventurous in the kitchen this winter? Try roasting leg of lamb for a culinary adventure that will leave your guests easily wanting more. Best of all, you’ll look like a domestic genius!

If you’ve never attempted it, the process of cooking lamb is probably a lot easier than you might imagine. In fact, the whole process only takes just over two hours to prepare in our signature roasting pan. Our staff found this great recipe that features a wonderful glaze with just a hint of mint that you can make in one of our saucepans. It pairs well with a red blend, such as a Vineyard 36 2017 Foundation Red.

Estimated Prep/Cook Time: 2-3 hours

six sigma ranch

Texas Roasted Brisket with Potato Latkes & Red Blend

Who says holiday meals have to be totally gourmet to be classic? Try pairing Texas roasted brisket with potato latkes for a treat that even old-timers like your grandpa are sure to love. Best of all, this is an easy meal idea to whip up for a crowd.

Our multi-purpose roasting pan is ideal when it comes to making this brisket recipe from the Food Network. For a twist, serve the meat with a special side, such as these potato latkes (which you can fry up in our 12" stainless clad frying pan) that feature both scallion and onion for a delicious contrast to the main dish. Top it all off with a red blend, such as a bottle or two of 2015 Six Sigma Ranch, for a mesmerizing meal.

Estimated Prep/Cook Time: 4-5 hours for the brisket, 30 minutes for the latkes

electric bennett valley syrah

Pozole & Syrah

Not all families celebrate the holiday season in the same fashion. For some, the flavor of the season is a bit spicier! Give your guests something to talk about by making a big ol' pot of pozole, the oft-craved hominy stew. The perfect tool? Our 8 QT stock pot!

When you’re done, pair your feast with a Syrah from your favorite vineyard. Will loves the Electric Bennett Valley Syrah.

Estimated Prep/Cook Time: 55 minutes

alexandrie brut

Japanese Fried Chicken & Brut

Of course, what good would a holiday meal list be without a great recipe to ring in the New Year? Celebrate with the crispy texture of Japanese fried chicken and an unlikely wine pairing—sparkling wine!

Get out your Made In Wok and prepare yourself for something different—this version of fried chicken is much more flavorful and crispier than the kind typically seen in the southern states. Its saltiness works well with a lighter wine, such as a bottle of bubbly. Will's selection? NV Alexandrie Brut.

Estimated Prep/Cook Time: 45 minutes

Making the holidays special isn’t difficult when you choose recipes full of flavor and bring everyone together around the table. We hope you enjoy these delicious dishes and wine pairings. From our Made In family to yours: Happy Holidays!

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