Whether you’re having prime rib or a vegetarian feast, we’ve got wine and food pairing recommendations! Stop in to Missoula Wine Merchants and let us help you find the best wines to turn your holiday meal into a culinary celebration!
Here's a taste of some of our favorites:
Hors d’Oeuvres: Huet Pétillant Brut Sparkling Vouvray - $32
Pop the cork and let the festivities begin! For a surprising take on a bubbly to go with appetizers (or dessert), try Vouvray! Huet’s offering is lively and finishes dry, and being Vouvray, it has a complexity you won’t find in many sparkling wines.
Turkey & Classic Trimmings: 2014 Goodfellow Pinot Noir - $25
Oregon Pinot Noir is perhaps the perfect pairing for traditional turkey dinners. This soft and silky offering from Goodfellow has a pleasingly light touch with with delicious strawberry, rhubarb, and cranberry flavors that will bring out the best in your bird.
Lamb or Pork: 2013 Monsecco Colline Novaresi "Pratogrande" - $28
Alongside classic tannins and juicy acidity, this 100% Nebbiolo from Italy's Piedmont offers mouthwatering sour cherry fruit with complex notes of cloves, cinnamon, tobacco, and limestone minerality. Pair this versatile beauty with such Christmas classics as leg of lamb or pork tenderloin.
Vegetarian or Ham: 2014 Clos des Mourres Côtes du Rhône Cairanne - $36
Earthy, rustic, and robust, this medium-bodied French favorite explodes with flavors of wild blackberry, dark licorice, and spice. You can absolutely taste the landscape that grew the Grenache and Carignan that fuel this wine. It’ll be delicious with smoked ham or robust winter vegetables.
Prime Rib: 2011 Château Liversan Cru Bourgeois Bordeaux - $24
Compliment a hearty prime rib dinner with this classic Haut-Médoc Bordeaux. It’s dry and acidic enough to balance the dish, yet with enough red fruits – think cassis and black cherry – to keep things interesting.
Roast Beef: 2013 Wines of Substance Stoneridge Vineyard Merlot - $46
Charles Smith is known for making big, bold wines, and this beast will hold its ground next to the most substantial holiday meals. It features the lush fruit you’d expect from Merlot, with undertones of vanilla and oak to enrich the experience.