We all know there’s nothing like a good glass of cab to you warm up these chilly months. But in this winter wonderland, we welcome whites as well! With these pairings for a classic holiday meal, show your guests why white wines aren’t just for warm weather.
For a scrumptious starter, serve these Brie and Cranberry Tartlets with a bottle of HORTON Viognier 2014 (Monticello, Virginia) $20. This notoriously difficult Rhône Valley varietal has found a new home in Virginia, and Horton’s counts among the best. The notes of honeysuckle and white pepper are a welcome complement to the cheese, creating a cornucopia of flavors with the cranberries as well.
A warm cup of soup during December always hits the spot. For a zesty twist, make a pot of this Butternut Squash Soup with Star Anise and Ginger Shrimp and serve it with BARON DE LADOUCETTE Pouilly-Fumé 2013 (Pouilly-Fumé, France) $30. Sauvignon blanc with seafood is divine, but this Loire Valley white has enough acid to really brighten up the soup too.
Along with this Mashed Potato and Cauliflower Gratin bring on the butter with a bottle of CHALK HILL Chardonnay 2010 (Russian River Valley, California) $47. This oaky chard is pretty powerful, with complex layers of brioche and nutmeg that fit right in at your holiday feast.
For the centerpiece of your dinner, try this Ham with Bourbon, Molasses, and Pecan Glaze. While Americans tend to stick with red when it comes to meat, in Germany they’ll pair pork with white wine. Taste for yourself with a sip of J.J. PRUM Graacher Himmelreich Reisling Kabinett 2011 (Mosel, Germany) $30. From one of the most reliable riesling producers around, this wine works wonders with the ham, contributing delicious notes of apple and honey.