It’s that time of year again—celebrating, entertaining, and spending quality time with loved ones. Our Director of Sommology, Leslie Sbrocco, gave us the scoop on the perfect pairings for your holiday dinner party. Eat, drink, and be merry, wine lovers!


Appetizer Pairings

Kick off your holiday party with the perfect delectable dippers that will have your guests going for seconds, thirds, and fourths.

shrimp cocktail holiday dinner pairings

Does a holiday appetizer get any easier than shrimp cocktail? Leslie recommends pairing this fresh, spicy combo with our refreshing, fruity 2018 Jitterbug Sauvignon Blanc. Added bonus—the colors from this appetizer pair perfectly with your holiday decorations.

pigs in a blanket holiday dinner pairings

Holiday’s coziest appetizer is here—pigs in a blanket. Pair this soul-warming treat with our 2018 Small Hours Reserve, Zinfandel for a well rounded bite that is wine expert-approved.

Protein Pairings

One of the hardest parts about organizing your holiday dinner party is deciding which delicious main meat dish to feature. Here are our top picks—we’ll leave the final decision up to you.

glazed ham holiday dinner pairings

Glazed ham is a holiday classic, making it the perfect main course for a holiday dinner party. Wow your guests by pairing this smoky meat with our 2018 Pebble Viognier. Leslie recommends this full-bodied white with a smooth finish for a sweet and savory ham.

prime rib holiday dinner

For the red meat lovers, there’s nothing better than prime rib for the holidays. Whether you like your prime rib with horseradish cream sauce or blue cheese, pair it with our 2016 Activist, Syrah. Leslie says the smoky notes from this Syrah will complement the prime rib perfectly.

turkey holiday dinner pairings

After Thanksgiving you might be turkey-d out, but we think it’s always the perfect holiday centerpiece. The best wine match for your bird? Leslie recommends our 2018 La Screaming Goat, Gewürztraminer. The spicy qualities of this white wine will bring out the richness of your roasted turkey.

Pasta Pairings

Holiday parties are the time to get carb-o-licious. Go all in and pair your favorite pasta dishes with these top wine picks.

shrimp scampi  pairings

Garlic, butter, shrimp—yes please! Leslie’s recommendation? Pair this savory classic with our 2018 Bella Mente, Pinot Grigio. Our light, refreshing white will bring balance and brightness to this dish.

lasagna holiday dinner pairings

There’s truly nothing more warm and welcoming than layers of pasta, cheese, and meat. Pair your lasagna with our Italian red, 2015 Armatura, Marche Rosso. Leslie’s advice: what grows together goes together. That means the flavors in the wine will marry beautifully with the flavors in the dish because they’re native to the same soil. Merry Christmas to you!

Dessert Pairings

Time for a sweet finale. Round out your holiday dinner party with sweet wine pairings that will add a festive finishing touch the celebration. Trust us, when you bring out a little sip of something sweet to pair with your treats, your guests will know it’s the holidays!

gingerbread holiday dinner

Gingerbread captures all things holiday. Pair this spicy, sweet treat with our Bright Eyed Bird, White Blend. This lively white will round out the heavy profile of the gingerbread.

pecan pie holiday dinner pairings

Get fun and fizzy with an effervescent white and celebrate a party done well! Leslie’s pick? Pair our Fissata Blonde with your favorite pecan pie recipe for a caramel-laden, nutty finish.

peppermint fudge dinner pairings

Peppermint is a holiday favorite—especially as fudge! Pair this minty treat with our Fissata Red for a bubbly celebration of all things holiday. Leslie says this bold, fizzy wine will be the perfect pairing for your peppermint finale. Our wine lovers everywhere agree! (It’s our #1 best seller!)

The Must Haves

Now that we’ve covered the perfect pairings for each of these holiday classic dishes, it’s time to reveal the ultimate wines that will complement your holiday dinner party. For the white wine lovers, we recommend a crowd-pleasing full-bodied white, like our Bright Eyed Bird, White Blend. More of a red wine lover? Pair your holiday party with our 5 String Reserve, Petite Sirah or our Tanglerose, Fireside Red. These best in class reds will be perfect for your table and taste buds!


Trying one of these delicious holiday dinner party food and wine pairings? Share your photos and stories with us on social! Tag us in your holiday festivities @travelingvineyard. Eat, drink and be merry, wine lovers!

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