5 Food Pairing You Must Try, This Christmas

I know Christmas is just around the corner, so today I am sharing you this guest post from Sara. Sara O Brown is a working mom, lives with her dentist husband and her adorable dog, Casper. She is passionate about traveling and cooking. She has been a regular contributor for- https://www.truecorset.com/.

Christmas is a time to wine and dines with family and friends. Around the world, people follow different traditions on this day. But food plays an important part in the celebration in all nations regardless of its culture or tradition.

And, good food is incomplete without a good glass of wine. Wine is the most popular drink to be paired with foods, and year by year the number of wine lovers is increasing worldwide.

Some meats like Smoked Salmon, Turkey and Duck naturally come to mind on the mention of Christmas feast. Having a wine that compliments the flavors of these food helps in enhancing the overall experience.

However, for some reason chicken is usually not on the Christmas menu. Interestingly, in Japan, one of the top food for Christmas is KFC’s fried chicken.

The basic rule of proper food pairing is to match the richness of the food with the richness of the wine. Their flavors should complement each other. No flavor should dominate the other.

However, you don’t have to be an expert in order to do the food pairing for your family dinners, having some basic idea should do the trick.

Here we enlist 5 traditional foods paired with the wines complementing their flavor:

1.Smoked Salmon:

Christmas can’t be complete without having smoked salmon on your dinner table. Smoked Salmon goes beautifully well with a subtle oak Chardonnay either from Burgundy or New World.

The smoky flavor of Salmon and the lovely citrus flavor of wine complement each other nicely.

If you want to pair a whiskey with it, go for whiskeys with high rye content or any single malt whiskey.


 Pairing a drink with turkey is a little tricky as attention needs to be paid to the accompaniments being served with it and how it has been cooked.

The general rule to remember is, the creamier and fattier the sauces or side dishes are the fuller bodied wine you can choose.

Full-bodied Chardonnay goes well with turkey served with bread sauce and chipolata sausages, whereas red wine lovers can go for a mature Claret or spicy red Rioja if the turkey is being served with richer accompaniments.

High proof Bourbons can also be paired to compliment the richness of the sauce and protein.

3.Goose or duck:

These birds have a lot of oil and fat so a good amount of acidity and tannin is required to balance it out.

Tannin is a naturally occurring polyphenol found in bark, seeds, wood, leaves and fruit skin. In case of wines, they exist inside the grape skin, seeds and stems.

Tannic gives the wine a dry and astringent taste. This is why red wines have more tannins than white wines.

So Red Burgundy or a Right Bank Claret is a perfect match to accompany this meat.


Christmas pudding is rich in dried fruits, nuts and has a strong brandy flavor. Anything with nutty caramelized flavor would go well with this gorgeous pudding.

Cream Sherry is a good match. The basic rule of pairing wine with dessert is that the wine should at least be as sweet as the dessert.

Also, dessert wines with a touch of orange or apricot marry well with the Christmas pudding.

5.Chocolate log:

Chocolate log often known as Yule log is one of the favorite desserts for Christmas. Its rich in chocolate, beautiful to look at and tastes delicious.

For a rich homemade yule log, a stronger sweet red wine like a nice tawny port would work well. For a shop bought log a sparkling rose would be just fine.

Surprisingly, there are over 10,000 types of wine grapes available in the whole world, so choosing a single flavor to pair with your food might be a little tricky.

But, following the above mentioned simple thumb rules can make this task easier for you.

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19 thoughts on “5 Food Pairing You Must Try, This Christmas

  1. This year I’ll be traveling to visit family, but next year I plan to use these tips for a Christmas feast at my house. It’ll be my first time hosting a feast. Thanks for sharing

    1. You are not alone with that lady. I never really give any thought as well when it comes to pairing my food with the drink. I am thankful for this guest post now I have an idea when it comes to pairing my food and drinks.

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