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Catering Company Cheer: Holiday Wine Pairing Done Right

Catering Company-wine paring‘Tis the season to be jolly, but the festivities are easily dampened when you find yourself wrestling over dinnertime decisions. Wine can be a particularly sticky subject. Picking out the perfect pairing often feels like a minefield, but it doesn’t have to be. Whether you’re bringing in a catering company to handle your mouthwatering spread or cooking up a feast yourself, our Saint Germain catering company guide to holiday wine pairing will help you sip, swirl and salute friends and family with complete confidence.

Sparkling Wine

You’ll never go wrong when you opt to set the party mood with a glass of bubbly. We love a nice Spanish cava or Italian prosecco; both are more affordable than champagne and equally food-friendly. Serve yours with snacks that will spark your guest’s appetites. Our suggestions:

  • Bacon-Wrapped Medjool Dates
  • Brie and Caramelized Onion Tartlettes
  • Caprese Skewers
  • Herbed Goat Cheese on Endive

Garnacha

Spanish Garnacha (also sold as “Grenache,” especially when grown in France’s Rhone region) is a red wine bursting with red fruit flavors and an intoxicating hint of white pepper. Add a little round alcohol warmth and you have a bottle that pairs beautifully with the cranberry relish and roasted proteins like turkey and beef.

Serve your Garnacha with our SGC “Home for the Holidays” package and discover how phenomenally that classic Garnacha warmth mingles with cinnamon-spiced chicken and slow-roasted beef.

Central Coast Chardonnay

Skip over big, buttery Napa Chardonnays and reach for one from California’s Central Coast. You’ll be rewarded with a smooth, supple white that’s just round enough to beautifully accent poultry and pork and slightly tangy dairy like mozzarella and goat cheese.

Pair it with our “Fall Stuffed Chicken and Pork Loin” menu and enjoy the way the slightly buttery Chardonnay plays up the parmesan-dusted penne pasta.

Pinot Noir

Pinot Noir is a superstar when it comes to pairing with ham, especially if you choose an earthier Pinot from Oregon (we love wines from Willamette Valley). The salty pork sings next to the soft aroma of fallen leaves and loamy soil while a sweet glaze plays hide and seek with the wine’s acid.

Pour your Pinot alongside our “Sleigh Bells Ringing Package” and see how the deep, rich flavor favors our ham’s tasty apricot-maple topping and toasty roasted winter vegetables.

Cabernet

Cabernet is one of the most widely grown grapes in the world, and it’s no surprise that it makes up huge quantities of the most popular wines in France, America, Italy, Australia, South America and beyond. Dark berry flavors, cassis, bell pepper, black pepper and elegant, grippy tannins make this wine a perfect match for bold holiday dishes like herb-crusted meats, wild mushrooms and even creamy mashed potatoes.

Go classic with a big bottle of Cab and our “Winter Wonderland” menu; we’re particularly proud of the au jus!

Our Catering Company’s Five Top Wine Tips

  1. A big price tag doesn’t always guarantee a better wine.
  2. Try something different; tell the wine stores’ sales reps what you like and let them suggest something comparable.
  3. Don’t go overboard. One red and one white are plenty, but you can add a sparkling if your budget allows.
  4. Snag a magnum (1.5 liters of wine in one large bottle) if you can. It looks impressive, and wine actually ages better in a bigger vessel.
  5. Do pay attention to temperature. Red wines are best at around 62-68 degrees, and white wine should be chilled down to somewhere between 50-55 degrees for optimal taste and aroma.

Does choosing the right wine seem like enough work for one meal? Let Saint Germain Catering take care of the rest. Our catering company has a chef-driven holiday menu full of updated classics and traditional treats, and we’d love to share.

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