The Best Wine for Your Christmas Dinner

This is the season to be jolly, and there is no better way to get everyone in good spirits than with good wines! It’s the most wonderful time of the year, but also the busiest time of the year – shopping, planning, parties, out-of-town guests, cooking, and…well, choosing the best wines to serve at your Christmas feast. Shopping for wines to pair with your Christmas dinner can surely be a daunting task, but I’ve got the best wine for you!

When hosting or attending a party, sharing wine brings holiday joy, providing guests with an opportunity to taste something new. Whether it’s for enjoying with the food or as a gift to your loved ones, a big factor when choosing wine is the food it might pair with, especially around the holidays when there are so many delicious treats to enjoy. Consider all the flavors on your Christmas dinner menu, but also take into account your guests’ taste preferences.

A great italian wine: Carpineto Chianti Classico Gran Selezione 2016

Chianti is one of the great Italian wines – an Italian export as famous as pasta and espresso. Known for its diverse flavor and excellent pairing ability, Chianti is a crowd-pleaser for the wine novice and connoisseur alike. For Christmas, I’d like to elevate the game and make it extra special – my pick: Carpineto Chianti Classico Gran Selezione 2016. Carpineto was established in 1967 in the small historic settlement of Dudda, in the township of Greve in Chianti, with the mission of making world-class wine. The visionary founders saw the untapped potential this land possessed to produce great wines. Today, the combination of modern winemaking practices and traditional values forms the heart of Carpineto’s philosophy and values.

Chianti Classico Gran Selezione is a new category that was approved by the European Commission in 2014, which represents the highest Chianti Classico Classification. This classification is a step above Riserva and has more strict requirements on vinification, alcohol, extraction, aging, etc. and it must be made from a single estate and have been aged for a full 30 months. Subtle layers of leather and smoke, great structure and harmony, with time in the glass the taste progresses towards a long and rounded mouth feel clipped with wonderful acidity. Such an incredibly balanced and elegant wine!

Cheers to a wonderful holiday season!