“More important than the food pairing is the person with whom you drink the wine.”

– Christian Moueix

Wine Pairing for the HolidaysAlthough this may be true, here at Vino Ventures we are firm believers that great wine breeds great conversation, and nothing is better than that around your holiday dinner table. The trick is in finding the perfect pairing. We are lucky enough to live in the heart of Oregon’s Wine Country and one of its most touted varietals growing here, Pinot Noir, happens to pair brilliantly with three of the most traditional holiday meals… turkey, ham and prime rib. Why Pinot? Let’s talk a bit more about Pinot Noir!

Pinot Noir typically offers a round flavors with hints of berry or cherries and also a bit of spiciness lending a flavor profile which will stand up well to savory sauces. Oregon Pinots often have bright acidity which makes them food-friendly and extremely versatile. In addition, Oregon Pinots offer both depth and complexity of flavor that works with most anything you will find on the traditional holiday table. It truly is the ideal house red for the holidays.

Not a lover of red wines? Not to worry.

There are two white options we suggest having on hand one of which will be certain to please any white wine drinker and will pair brilliantly with your holiday dinner selection.  Chardonnay or a crisp sparkling white are both fantastic choices. The round buttery complexion of Chardonnay is often paired with poultry and is a great addition to any holiday table, and the fantastic news about sparkling white wines is that they pair well with most anything!

Which wines should you choose?

It is often difficult when standing in the wine aisle to decide which wine to purchase. A great option, if you have the time, would be to venture into wine country in advance and do some wine tasting to find your favorites!  Of course we would be happy to take you out on this little wine tasting adventure!  Some of the best wines made in the region can only be purchased at the winery itself, however, there are also a whole lot of great Oregon wines that can be found at your local grocery store.

Suggested Oregon Pinot Noirs:

2014 Pinot Noir Dundee Hills ($39)
As described by Paul Gregutt of Wine Enthusiast on the Winter’s Hill Website: “This flagship blend is sourced from 25-year-old vines. It’s sharply focused and bright, the strawberry and cherry flavors front and center. The flavors have a hard candy quality, with pleasant hints of toast and caramel through the close.”

Dobbes Family Estate 2014 Grand Assemblage Pinot Noir ($28)

As described on the Dobbes Family Estate Website: “Bright, fresh, red-berry fruit drives the aroma and flavor. Intriguing complex notes of spice, vanilla, tobacco and floral rose are found throughout.”

Recommendations for Oregon Chardonnay and Sparkling Wine:

Stoller Family Estate 2014 Reserve Chardonnay ($35)
As described on the Stoller Family Estate Website:  “Our Reserve Chardonnay is exclusively sourced from the oldest Dijon clone plantings on our Dundee Hills estate. Barrel fermented and aged in French oak for 11 months, it expresses bright aromatics of orange blossom and white peach followed by subtle notes of vanilla and cloves. The palate is focused and elegant, showing baked granny smith apple and orange marmalade, finishing with lively notes of lime.”

2013 Argyle Vintage Brut ($28)
As described on the Argyle Winery Website:  “The 2013 sparkling wine vintage in the Willamette Valley was pristine, showcasing the enticing generosity and definition the region has to offer. Being Pinot Noir dominant this year, the richness and rounded peach nature is enhanced through the complexity of honey, cherry kernel and lingering anise.”


Cheers & Happy Holidays!

The holidays are upon us and with these wines, or any number of other Oregon wines on hand, you will be at the ready to please any wine lover in the family.  And as we mentioned, we suggest getting out into Oregon’s wine country to begin exploring the amazing array of wines offered in this fantastic wine growing state!

Vino Ventures offers private, group and walk-on wine tours in both the Willamette Valley and Columbia Valley wine regions which offer the perfect way to entertain holiday guests in town. Visit our WEBSITE to learn more or Like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter or join us on Instagram!