Christmas Dinner Wine Pairings

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

Christmas Dinner Wine Pairings


My Christmas Dinner Wine Picks ~


White Wine

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


Red Wine

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

Ridge Vineyards “Geyserville” Zinfandel ~ $29.99

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