Great wines for your festive table: Christmas pairings

A table is not completely set if on it, there is no wine. Especially a table set for Christmas. The holidays have come at the end of a year in which, as usual, we have worked tirelessly to produce bottles of the highest quality wine for you, wines which honor the Tuscan wine tradition. Tuscan wine is some of the best known and appreciated in the world. Precisely for this reason we want to help you choose the right bottle to set on your table.

Let’s start with a typical Italian Christmas Eve dinner. On 24 December it is customary, in most of Italy, to eat fish. What better dish is there to enjoy our White Dogajolo wine? This wine is a perfect companion to some of the most famous Italian dishes – especially, pasta with clam sauce. This wine is also suitable for more structured recipes such as tuna or salmon tartare and avocado cream, blue fish, baked sea bass, fried fish, squid, cod, etc. This great versatility of combinations reflects the structure and balance of this great wine which is full of finesse and persistence, always maintaining a pleasant and crisp sip.

If instead you prefer bubbles, the old adage always applies, as it says that a sparkling wine is suitable for all occasions. Especially Christmas. Farnito Brut, in particular, is a wine of marked elegance, with intense and persistent aromas. Very pleasing to the eye, with its very fine perlage, this wine’s enhanced characteristics shine through in smell and taste, with hints of bread crust, spices and golden apple. This is a glass of absolute prestige, which you can combine with your most elaborate of fish dishes, from raw fish to seafood, not to mention cheese, which you can serve as an appetizer or – to keep to ancient Roman tradition – at the end of your dinner.

And then there’s Christmas day: December 25th. On the day after Christmas Eve, the desire to sip good wine does not go unnoticed. After white wine comes red – these are some of the great Tuscan denominations that have made history in the world viticulture. Whether you prefer a good Tuscan ragù, a Bolognese pasta dish, a Neapolitan ragù or other first courses based on meat or game, Brunello di Montalcino wine will guide you to the heights of pairing. This is a structured, full-bodied, powerful wine, with a soft, warm and complex taste. It has very fine hints of red fruit, spices, vanilla, leather, coffee, licorice. It has received an infinite spectrum of awards, proving it is the maximum expression of Sangiovese in the land of Tuscany.

The journey continues with other great denominational wines like the Nobile di Montepulciano Riserva and Chianti Classico above all. The Nobile, nomen est omen, is a wine of absolute prestige, perfect both as a gift idea and as a bottle to enjoy with a meal. Ideal with grilled meat or roasts, it is also best expressed with dishes based on aged cheeses. Chianti Classico, from the basic version to the Gran Selezione, is a wine that goes well with tomato-based recipes, for those who do not eat meat. Meat is not essential to express the many qualities of this wine, though it is at its height when paired with the classic Florentine steak to game dishes.

Finally, we end the meal at dessert: from North to South, passing through the center of Italy, any  dessert from this country makes a wonderful end of meal course. From Milanese panettone to Neapolitan struffoli; from the Veronese pandoro to the Sicilian cassata, all the way to the Tuscan panforte. A perfect wine pairing choice is certainly that of Vinsanto del Chianti, which we produce in the wine-growing heart of Tuscany. This wine has intense aromas of vanilla, walnut husk, apricot, peach and jams, which blend well with the flavors of your dessert. An innate elegance – best way to wish you Happy Holidays and a Merry Christmas.