The Best Wines to Pair With Your Holiday Meal

The holidays are all about enjoying delicious food with your friends and family, but what about the wine? You can make your holiday meals even more spectacular when you pair your food with the right wine. Here’s a guide to help you find the best food and wine pairings to impress your holiday guests this year — no matter what you're serving:


Zinfandel pairs well with almost any kind of meat, especially pork and beef. Pour a glass to go with your pork roast or brisket for the perfect complementary flavors. Zinfandel also accompanies big, hearty pasta meals like spaghetti or lasagna.

Pinot Noir

Pinot Noir is great for pairing with turkey or other light proteins, such as chicken. This is also an ideal wine to serve with cheese or cream-based dishes, like casseroles or creamy pastas.

Cabernet sauvignon

The ripe black and red fruits used in cabernet sauvignon brighten up rich, hearty dishes like roast beef or beef tenderloin. If you plan to show off your cooking skills with a robust meal, this wine is an excellent partner.


If you’re planning any seafood dishes for the holidays, chardonnay is the way to go. Some suggested dishes include shrimp with cream sauce, crab cakes or smoked salmon. Chardonnay also pairs nicely with cheeses like mild cheddar and gruyere.

Make the most of your holiday season with a wide variety of gifts, treats and wines. Whether you’re sending gifts across the country or preparing to host, Hickory Farms has specialty delights for everyone to enjoy.