What wine goes with dinner?
by Jan Lutz
Food tastes better with wine, and wine tastes better with food! This time of year when food is everywhere, why not enjoy it by pairing it with the great wines produced in North Central Washington?
Many people enjoy ham for their Christmas dinner. According to Wine Folly, ham pairs best with wines that have a touch of sweetness, plenty acidity and bold fruit. Wine Folly suggests Riesling, Moscato, Chenin Blanc, Rosé, Lambrusco, Grenache, and Zinfandel. The Chamber Tasting Room has a long list of Rosés for your ham dinner, including Horan Estates, Crayelle Cellars, Malaga Springs, Errant Cellars, Keystone Cellars, Silvara Vineyards, Karma Vineyards and Water from Wine. The Chamber also carries wonderful Chenin Blancs from Fielding Hills and Malaga Springs. We have Rieslings from Viento Ridge and Stemilt Creek Winery.
If Prime Rib is your entree choice, it is delicious served with a Cabernet -based wine, or a more robust Merlot, Bordeaux, or Bordeaux-style blend. Pan seared filet is great paired with a moderately tannic red like Merlot, or a medium-weight Syrah or Zinfandel. The Chamber Tasting Room has beautiful Merlots from 37 Cellars, Fielding Hills, and Viento Ridge. We also have Syrahs from Errant Cellars, Bella Terrazza Vineyards, Bianchi Vineyards, and Chateau Faire le Pont Winery, and Milbrandt Vineyards. Cabernet Sauvignons that we currently have in stock include Dead Crow, Malaga Springs, Water from Wine, Keystone Cellars, and Ryan Patrick Vineyards. We also carry a wonderful Zinfandel from Malaga Springs.
Serious Eats has great suggestions for pairings for a pork roast: Nebbiolo, Chenin Blanc, Rose, Pinot Noir, Riesling, and Sparkling Cider. We love the Nebbiolo from Beaumont Cellars. The Chamber has a Pinot Noir from Keystone Cellars, and a delightful Sparkling Cider from Bad Granny. You can see the list of Rosés, Chenin Blancs, and Rieslings in the pairings for ham, above.
Let’s not forget Turkey! Lighter-bodied red wines like Pinot Noir and Gamay Beaujolais work well with turkey, as well as white wines with a little sparkle and sharpness of fruit, such as Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Chenin Blanc, Zinfandel, and dry Rosés. We love the Chamber Tasting Room’s selection of Sauvignon Blancs from Bianchi Vineyards and Hard Hat Winery. Our selection of Chardonnays include: 37 Cellars, Horan Estates Winery, Bella Terrazza Vineyards, Chris Daniel Cellars, Hard Hat Winery, Keystone Cellars, Milbrandt Vineyards, and Ryan Patrick Vineyards.
Cheers to our local award-winning wineries! Happy Holidays and Happy New Year from all of us at the Chamber Tasting Room!