The Holiday Wine Pairing Guide from Oregon’s Dundee Hills




The holidays are here and it’s not too soon to begin planning your holiday menus, including your wine pairings.

Start With Sparkling!

Let’s celebrate our gratitude for our health, our homes and our loved ones this year. Sparkling wine is an ideal complement to appetizers ranging from baked brie to charcuterie boards, olive assortments to fruit platters, and oysters to mini quiches.
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Chardonnay or Pinot Noir?

We recommend both! Chardonnay may be the unexpected hero of your Thanksgiving dinner: The bright, unoaked and lightly oaked vintages we’re known for in Oregon’s Dundee Hills will perfectly complement roasted turkey and mashed potatoes. It’s an equally perfect pairing for the glazed ham recipe you have in mind for December.
Dundee Hills Chardonnay is turning heads across the nation.

Pinot Noir is an obvious choice as well, pairing beautifully with poultry and the bold flavors in your stuffing, gravy and yams. If you choose to forgo a traditional holiday ham for a porchetta, prime rib or lamb roast, a Pinot Noir will also serve you well. The pinots of the Dundee Hills in the Willamette Valley are complex and smooth, with a subtle earthiness that will complement the bounty on your table.
The Dundee Hills: A world-renowned region for Pinot Noir

Something Light After Dinner

After guests have indulged in a decadent meal, we recommend opening a couple bottles of Riesling and Rosé for guests to enjoy before dessert. These varietals are bright and balanced, easy to drink and a perfect transition from a savory dinner to a sweet dessert course.
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Sweetly Sparkling

Your pies, pastries and puddings will be all the sweeter with a sparkling wine to pair. They’re bright and refreshing, but range from slightly sweet to dry and won’t compete with the richness of your dessert selections. Concluding your menu with the same varietal with which you began will be the perfect conclusion to your perfectly-planned evening.
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The Most Important Rule to Remember:

The best wines to pair with your meals are the wines you love to drink. If your sights are set on a Syrah, a Pinot Grigio or another varietal, check our website to find Dundee Hills members who offer it.
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