Now that it’s December and the Thanksgiving cooking is in the past, we can officially call upon holiday dinners and parties as a time to toast to the accomplishments of the year’s past and look upon the future for a clean start to a new year. While entertaining is something I’ve always had a passion for, it can be somewhat of a stress trying to choose the perfect wine pairings to go with a meal because of course, we all want to impress our guests and leave them satisfied as they depart from a gathering. This year, my palate for wines has been more established, and those weekend trips to wine country learning about the smells, tastes and overall finish of wine have definitely paid off. With the help from my friends over at Cameron Hughes wine, I’m sharing some insider food and wine pairing recommendations from the professionals themselves!
Lot 606 Cabernet Sauvignon
There’s few things better than a full bodied Cabernet paired with a delicious steak or grilled meat combined with strong flavors such as blue cheese or . This textbook 2014 Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon is a perfect blend of cherry, blackberry, cassis and dark chocolate wrapped in lavender florals to showcase its huge energy once its hits the pallet. For this wine varietal, try to avoid pairing it with spicy food because the tannins will be too strong! Spice generally pairs well with less tannic wines such as a Gewürztraminer or Riesling.
Lot 576 Chardonnay
Chardonnay is likely the most crowd-pleasing white wine on market, and this oaky and buttery 2016 Arroyo Seco Chardonnay is no exception. With a fresh nose and robust complex, pairing this wine with creamy pastas, smoky meats and fish and other rich foods will allow the two to compliment each other nicely. It’s always a good reference to look at the tasting notes when determining what to pair a wine with, and in this case the ‘notes’ pair well with pear, apple, papaya, orange creamsicle, and vanilla notes. Papaya salad or winter orange salad, anyone?!
Lot 565 Pinot Noir
My favorite of all Cameron Hughes wine has to be the 2015 Rogue River Valley Pinot Noir for it’s wonderfully balanced flavors, stunning ruby hue and easy sipping characteristics. Pinot Noir pair well with a variety of proteins including grilled salmon, turkey, duck breast and even chicken pot pie! If you’re not completely sure on your dinner menu but want to serve a great balanced red wine with a smooth finish, this Pinot Noir is a safe bet that will please all your dinner guests!
All in all, I suggest providing guests at least three wine varieties that they are able to choose from since each and every person palette is different! If you’re interested in trying out this luxury wine with a reasonable price tag, visit Cameron Hughes Wine Friends for 15% off + free shipping, and learn more about Cameron Hughes wine right here!
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