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Simple Holiday Pairing Ideas from The Grange of Prince Edward Vineyards & Estate Winery
December 8, 2011
Holiday season is upon us and sometimes the challenge doesn’t end at picking out a great wine. What food do you pair your Ontario wine selection with?
The Grange of Prince Edward Vineyards & Estate Winery has put together a simple guide to holiday pairing ideas with Chardonnay and Cabernet – classic choices with so many options!
Take a look at our tips below:
Notes: a dry style white with fresh flavour; ripe yellow fruit and some warmth on the palate. With notes of yellow pear, apple and sweet preserved lemon; Chardonnay is light enough not to overpower the dishes it is paired with and remains fresh on the palate.
Things to pair it with: It is a great accompaniment to poultry, white meat, fish and shellfish as well as many of the traditional sides like sweet potato mash or acorn squash. It is a classic dry white that would work perfectly at cocktail parties or with a cheese plate.
Notes: a go-to red for the holiday season. It is a rich, heavy-style red with lots of warmth and fruitiness. It is perfect for balancing rich dishes. Cabernet Sauvignon provides a bit of spice and body to stand up to heavy dishes while Cabernet Franc adds ripe, jammy fruit character and a smokiness to the mix. The Cabernet family of wines are made for the holidays!
Things to pair it with: It is perfect with a traditional Christmas Eve dinner or a wholesome classic likeroast beef. With gravy, or red fruit compote, this is a rich meal, with a lot of strong flavours that require a wine to match. Other great pairings with Cabernet are lamb and other roasts, but also chocolate cake, gingerbread, fruit cake with brandy sauce, or blackberry pie with vanilla ice cream.