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Holiday Pairings for the Perfect Meal!

If your family is anything like mine, wine and Winter Holidays go hand-in-hand. In fact, sometimes the wine is more important than the presents! Holiday Pairings give you a perfect opportunity to share your favourite wine finds from the year with family and friends, and a great time to indulge in some of the best that Ontario has to offer.

Wake up with a Canadian Mimosa!

In my family, Christmas morning always starts with sparkling wine. My mom, a conservative drinker, is only too excited to let herself go a little with this annual tradition. Giggling and smiling before she even gets the bottle open, this morning toast with my mom and dad is our special way of marking the start of a long day of indulgence and family fun.Sparkling wine on its own is always great, but this year let’s make it even more exciting by crafting it into a Canadian Mimosa. Similar to the classic Mimosa, the Canadian Mimosa starts with sparkling wine, but the orange juice is replaced by Niagara Icewine. Pour 4 ounces of sparkling wine into a flute and top it off with one ounce of Icewine. The Icewine will boost the flavour and the sweetness of the bubbly sparkling wine and enhance your enjoyment of both products. Prepare yourselves though, this mimosa can be strong!

Holiday Pairings for your Turkey

For most holiday revelers, the bird is the feature of the meal. But for my family the feature is always the wine that we’re pairing with it. The best wine to pair with your turkey depends on what you serve it with.

Turkey with Gravy

I like gravy so much that I could drink it from the boat. Unfortunately, that’s frowned upon, so I put my gravy on some turkey instead. For turkey with gravy (or in my case, gravy with turkey) I suggest a lightly oaked Chardonnay. The white meat will pair well with the white wine, and the acid in the Chardonnay will cut through the fat in the gravy. As a full-bodied wine, the weight of the Chardonnay will hold up to the density of the gravy, and the oak maturation will provide some savoury flavours that match the savoury notes in the gravy.

Turkey with Cranberry Sauce

It is a tradition in many families to serve cranberry sauce directly from the can, but in my family we enjoy cranberry sauce homemade on the stove. This is my mom’s favourite way to enjoy turkey. Cranberries are renowned for their tartness. The best wine to pair with cranberry sauce will be one that is medium in sweetness to contrast the tartness and one that possesses some red berry flavours to match the cranberries. Try a medium-sweet rosé.

Turkey Stuffed with Mushrooms

It’s not common to stuff your turkey with mushrooms. But if you’ve never done it before, this year could be the year! Not to mention that it’ll be a great excuse to match your meal with Pinot Noir. A hallmark of Pinot Noir is its earthiness. This light-bodied red wine possesses flavours of red cherry and can develop notes of dried mushroom as it ages. Best match mushroom-stuffed bird with this earthy, aromatic wine.These Holiday Pairings are just a start! Ontario is full of great drinks to enjoy with your friends and family over the Holidays. Looking to find more Ontario wines? A tour of Niagara Wine Country with Niagara Vintage Wine Tours is a great way to expose yourself to the best wines that Ontario has to offer at a range of price points. Contact our guest services agents at 1-866-628-5428 or at tours@niagaravintagewinetours.ca for more information or to sign up for a tour today! Now you can kick back and relax as you take in the best of the Holiday season. Cheers to you and yours!

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