My family Christmas dinner is one of my favorite meals of the year.
I love sitting around the table with family enjoying good food and good wine. It’s also one of the only meals we actually use our nice china and crystal during the year!
In our house, we always start off the Christmas festivities with morning mimosas and cinnamon rolls! Once the Christmas dinner preparation starts, I still enjoy sipping on bubbly while I cook. For as long as I can remember, we always have Veuve Clicquot Brut Yellow Label. It is a family favorite!
Whether or not you and your family indulge in turkey, ham or red meat, I have some general guidelines for pairing wine with your Christmas dinner as well as specific wines to try.
My General Guidelines ~
Wines to Serve with Ham
Reds: Pinot Noir and Zinfandel
Whites: Riesling and Gewurztraminer
Wines to Serve with Turkey
Reds: Pinot Noir, Zinfandel, Syrah/Shiraz
Whites: Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Blanc, Viognier, Riesling
Wines to Serve with Goose or Duck
Reds: Zinfandel, Red Burgundy, Pinot Noir
Whites: Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc
Wines to Serve with Red Meat
Reds: Cabernet Sauvignon, Bordeaux, Zinfandel, Shiraz
My Christmas Dinner Wine Picks ~
Domaines Schlumberger Pinot Blanc ~ $15 ~ $17
Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc Marlborough ~ $23.99 ~ $26.99
William Fevre Chablis Domaine (Chardonnay from Chablis, France)~ $20 to $29.99
Mesh Eden Valley Riesling ~ $23.99
Trimbach Gewurztraminer ~ $22.99
Yalumba Eden Valley Viognier ~ $10.99 to $19.29
Owen Roe Ex Umbris Syrah ~ $24 to $26.99
Paul Hobbs Crossbarn Pinot Noir ~ $38.99
Joseph Drouhin Chorey Les Beaune (Pinot Noir from Burgundy, France) ~ $23.99
Chateau Loudenne Medoc (French Bordeaux) ~ $25.00
Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon ~ $39.99 to $50.00
Freemark Abbey Cabernet Sauvignon ~ $34.99 to $40.00
Conn Creek Cabernet Sauvignon ~ $19.99 to $25.00