Crowd Pleasing Wine and Food Pairings for Your Holiday Festivities

(Offered samples evaluated and written about in own words and thoughts)

Three wines for your holiday celebrations that are crowd pleasing and food friendly!

Ruffino Modus Tuscana 2013 and Ruffino Il Ducale Pinot Grigio 2016


Kim Crawford New Zealand Rose’ 2017


A big, bold Super Tuscan, a crisp Italian Pinot Grigio and a juicy, fruity New Zealand Rose’ will please everyone at your holiday gatherings!

Holiday partying has begun! Shifting gears into the holiday spirit with friends and family is at warp speed this time of the year. Just try to find a parking spot at the grocery store and you know that stocking up on food and wine is at the top of  everyone’s list.

Questions always come up  about which wines to keep on hand for all of your celebrations that will please everyone and complement your favorite dishes, not compete with them.

Italian wines are made to pair with food and this intense ruby red blend is full of flavor and the perfect amount of acidity to match up to a wide variety of bold dishes including tomato-based, roasted meats, and aged cheeses. A Super Tuscan is incorporating non-indigenous grapes with local Italian grapes of the region.  Modus Toscana is a modern-style Super Tuscan that is a blend of Sangiovese, Cabernet and Merlot and is a myriad of flavors, textures and aromas that make it a versatile wine for most any meal. Enjoy the flavors of red cherry, ripe dark berries, hint of vanilla and tangy balsamic flavors with all of your favorite foods.

Pinot Grigio is probably the most popular go-to white wine in this country rivaling Chardonnay. Clean citrus and tropical flavors, hints of fresh apples and pears and floral aromatics will easily pair with virtually every food you serve and will please the crowd. Enjoy with all of your seafood dishes including paella!

Rose’ for the holidays? Absolutely! We are conditioned to think rose’ wines are only for the summer time but that simply is not true. Kim Crawford Rose’ is a great choice to serve with appetizers, first course crisp salads and fruit filled ambrosia salads and seafood dishes-especially oysters- that common during the holidays. And remember, it doesn’t get cold everywhere for Christmas!

Check out the dishes that will be popular for the holidays for parties, family feasts and for pairing with these three wines!

Pizza with Proscuitto and Fig

Seafood Paella



Spanish Cured Ham Crostini and Tomatoes

Shrimp Veracruz

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