Holiday Wine Pairings
Smoky Glazed Ham with Red Pepper Jelly
Pairing: Oregon Pinot Noir
Oregon Pinots tend to be spicy and berry-rich—great with this flavorful ham.
Best-Ever Cheese Soufflé
Pairing: Pinot Grigio
Fresh, white peach-inflected Pinot Grigio is delicious with this old-school cheese soufflé.
Herbed Pork Rib Roast
Pair this juicy pork roast with a creamy Chardonnay with hints of fruit and oak.
Nutty Toffee-Date Cake
A honeyed dessert wine from Tokaj, Hungary is the perfect way to end a decadent meal.
Rosemary-Pepper Beef Rib Roast with Porcini Jus
Pairing: California Cabernet Sauvignon
Peppery California Cabernet Sauvignon will compliment this hearty, pepper-crusted roast.
Cabot Clothbound Cheddar gougères are perfect with light and citrusy cava.
Mini Blini Napoleons
Caviar and sparkling wine is a foolproof pairing. Light and lemony Prosecco is a terrific, budget-friendly option.
Spiced Coriander and Mustard-Crusted Rib Roast of Beef
Bright, red cherry–inflected Syrah can stand up to this fragrant, meaty rib roast.
Dulce de Leche Crispies
Pairing: NV The Rare Wine Co. Charleston Sercial Madeira
US importer Mannie Berk, together with the Madeira house Barbeito, focuses on the brisk Sercial grape variety for this vibrant, maple-inflected wine.
Maple Sugar-Ginger Roast Pork
Pairing: 2009 Delas Frères Haute Pierre Châteauneuf du Pape
Châteauneuf-du-Pape's rich, dark fruit character has a peppery edge that's particularly appealing with warm spices like the ginger flavoring this roast.
Seven-Layer Dobos Torte
Pairing: Passito di Pantelleria
Passito, an Italian dessert wine made by drying the grapes to concentrate the sugar before pressing the juice, is rich and honeyed, brilliant with creamy desserts like this torte.
Spiced Leg of Lamb with Olives, Apricots and Lemons
Pairing: Northern Italian Merlot
This substantial leg of lamb calls for a decadent, berry-rich Merlot from Alto Adige in northern Italy.
Poached Pears with Prunes
Pairing: Moscato d’Asti
Sweet Moscato d'Asti from Piedmont, Italy, pairs nicely with these fragrant pears.
Buckwheat-Potato Knishes with Caviar
Pairing: Vintage Brut
Indulgent fried dishes like these knishes call for a lively sparkling wine. Look for a rich and toasty bottle from California or Oregon.