Healthy holiday wine pairings
The holiday season is a time filled with celebrations. Dinners, potlucks, and parties abound with food and drink alike. Packed social calendars can lead to a lot more eating and drinking than we are used to, but your healthy diet doesn’t have to go out the window.
If you want to partake in the festivities without adding inches to your waistline, wine is one of the lowest calorie spirits out there and popular enough that you should be able to find it at any holiday party or dinner you attend. And with so many different options and flavors from red to white, dry to fruity, or flat to fizzy, you are sure to find the wine that is right for you.
Whether you are a wine connoisseur or a newbie, check out our information on wine clubs and our entire page of wine club deals. And while you’re here, take a look at our ideas for healthy holiday wine and food pairings.
Healthy Holiday Wine Pairings
White wines are traditionally served with lighter flavored fare. They pair particularly well with fish, white cheeses, and fresh berries or fruits. Consider serving or pairing chardonnay with lobster, crab, and shrimp dishes. It also goes well with white pizza and cream sauce. Check out this recipe idea for lobster pizza that covers all the bases.
Sauvignon blanc is said to complement goat cheese and pine nuts. Serve guests a starter salad made with fresh baby spinach, sliced red onion, dried cranberries, pine nuts, and herbed goat cheese topped with sherry vinaigrette.
Pinot grigio pairs well with spicy chutneys and apricots. Served with pita chips, this spiced apricot chutney from Cooking Light would be the perfect holiday party appetizer.
Red wine is best paired with heartier fare like red meats, heavier pasta sauces, and caramelized or roasted vegetables.
Cabernet goes well with heavier party foods like meat pizzas, burgers, and pasta with red tomato sauce.
Merlot also goes well with hearty foods like grilled steak with caramelized onions, dark chocolate, and appetizers like fondue.
Pinot noir, on the other hand, pairs with lighter food like grilled salmon or finger foods like crab stuffed mushrooms and sharp cheddar cheese and crackers.
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