Christmas holidays are a time of peace, contemplation or celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ. However, Christmas is also a time of family traditions and especially delicious food. Every good host should know what wine to choose with good food so that we can enrich these precious moments even more. The choice of wine depends on the specific dishes you plan to serve as well as the personal preferences of your guests.
Wine with fish
Traditional dishes on the Christmas Eve table are fish, most often carp. They go well with white wine, which underlines the delicate taste of fish meat. An excellent choice is, for example, Riesling or Chardonnay, which are sufficiently aromatic and at the same time have a fresh taste.
Wine with vegetable dishes
Lighter white wines are ideal for vegetarian and vegetable dishes, such as salads or vegetable strudels. Sauvignon Blanc or light Pinot Grigio are excellent companions for these dishes, as their acidity nicely balances the flavor of the vegetables.
Wine for desserts
For desserts such as walnut roulades, gingerbread or Christmas toast, reach for sweet wines. Tokaj selections or sweet Riesling grape selections are great choices. Their sweetness and rich aroma perfectly complement the taste of these traditional sweets.
Wine as an aperitif
It is also advisable to serve an aperitif before the start of dinner. A dry sparkling wine, such as Prosecco or a light Brut, is usually chosen to prepare the taste buds for the upcoming feast.
Wine for heavy meals
Red wines can also go well with Christmas dinner, especially if there are dishes on your Christmas table that match well with their flavor profiles. In general, red wines are suitable with meaty dishes or dishes with a higher fat content, where their more robust structure and tannins can nicely balance the taste of the food.
If you plan to serve, for example, roast meat or dishes with darker sauces at Christmas dinner, you can reach for medium-bodied to full-bodied red wines, such as Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, or Pinot Noir. These wines have enough flavor intensity and structure to stand up to stronger dishes.
For lighter dishes such as traditional Christmas sausages or game specialities, a lighter red wine such as Gamay or a younger Pinot Noir may be a good choice.
Of course, the choice of wine is very individual and depends on many factors, including the personal preferences of your guests. It is important that the wine complements the food and at the same time allows everyone present to enjoy the peace and joyful atmosphere of the Christmas dinner table.