The holidays are rapidly approaching and with it comes the biggest alcohol season of the year. From beer and wine to liquor and champagne, here are some fool-proof guides for any newbie to the alcohol world.
A holiday meal isn’t complete without a glass of wine to accompany it. For many, it can be hard to know what would be the perfect bottle to choose. It’s important to note the different types of wine in order to know what would make the perfect addition.
Red versus white: Red wine is perhaps best known for its health benefits such as antioxidants that help prevent heart disease. The wine is made from darker colored grapes with the red color coming from anthocyan pigments in the grape’s skin. The grape’s skin is what gives red wine its full, rich taste. White wine is made from white grapes that have no skin. The absence of the grape’s skin in the making of white wine gives it a lighter, fruitier taste than red wine.
The general consensus when pairing wines with meals is white wine goes with white meat and red wine goes with red meat. Here are the best wines for the perfect holiday meal.
Best Red Wines
Pinot Noir: This wine is great for that big turkey dinner. France, the U.S. and Germany are the top three places this wine is made. Its complex flavor makes it an easy choice for any holiday meal. However, its earthy undertones make it the perfect paring for turkey and stuffing.
Beaujolais Nouveau: This French wine is a popular choice around the world. The third Thursday of November is when it is released for sale around the world. Known as “Beaujolais Nouveau Day” people throughout the world hold events celebrating it being on sale. Its light and fruity taste makes it another wine good for a turkey dinner.
Syrah/Shiraz: This wine works for the guests who enjoy white meat or dark meat. Made from the Syrah grape, its flavor is full-bodied and peppery making it a good pairing for turkey and stuffing.
Best White Wines
Pinot Grigio: The flavor of this wine is fruity with hints of pear, apple and lemon. Produced in Italy, Pinot Grigio is perfect for those people who prefer other meats to turkey. Chicken and shellfish help to bring out the fruity notes.
Sauvignon Blanc: Another French wine, Sauvignon Blanc is ideal for turkey and mashed potatoes. Its citrus taste brings out the best in turkey meat and enhances potatoes and butter for a mouth-watering experience.
Riesling: Riesling wine, made in Germany, is a flavorful blend of apple, lime and tree fruit notes. It’s almost never fermented and has a good balance of sugar and acidity. All of this makes it a good wine to pair with holiday meals that incorporate pork or white fish.