Thursday, 17 December, 2020
With the holiday party season in full swing, you have undoubtedly arrived at the pivotal question: what should be this year’s wine and food pairings?
Everyone knows that champagne is for the New Year’s toast, while the wine selections for your holiday get-togethers must be thoughtfully chosen, as they will set the tone for Christmas and the New Year.
To help you arrive at a wine pairing for your holiday meals, we’ve put together some key points and suggestions to help you craft the perfect holiday menu.
With a versatile flavor spectrum, TRIO Merlot offers you and your guests ample range to pair with an array of meats and side dishes.
A delicious way to open your holiday meal is with a charcuterie board, and make sure to include aged cheeses like Gruyère and Cheddar. Also consider grilled vegetable kabobs, which can be assembled with veggies like zucchini, mushrooms, purple onions, and cherry tomatoes.
If your entree considers a red meat option, we recommend slow-cooking a round roast using a rub of herbs like rosemary, thyme and sage, and adding in potatoes and carrots. Beef bourguignon is another slow-cooked recipe that will delight your guests.
Remember that your wine and meal choices should complement one another to bring out their respective flavors.
TRIO Cabernet Sauvignon
This blend — Cabernet Sauvignon (88%), Cabernet Franc (7%), Syrah (5%) — is the perfect companion for herb-seasoned, grilled meats. Stock up on oregano, as it has the power to awaken the subtle characters within TRIO Cabernet Sauvignon.
Italian recipes are also a wonderful option. Lasagna Bolognese is a richly flavourful meal that pairs amazingly with this superb wine; another recommendation that is certain to impress your guests is a main course of pasta with a tomato ragù sauce.
Don’t be afraid to try new ingredients.
The pairing of Chardonnay and turkey is a holiday favorite that never disappoints; your over-roasted turkey should be prepared with herbs such as rosemary and thyme, and a stuffing that includes caramelized onions and apples, herbs and pecans.
TRIO Chardonnay — distinguished by its crisp fruit notes — is the perfect choice for menus that highlight seafood and fish. We suggest seafood paellas and risottos, or a garlic butter pan-seared salmon, and make sure to add a green salad to bring color and balance to your holiday meal.
Time to raise a glass of TRIO Wines to another Holiday Season full of unforgettable moments. Cheers!
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