As seen on WEAU 13 News – Wine Pairing Tips for the Holidays

As seen on WEAU 13 News:

Quite simply, wine selection for a holiday party can be overwhelming. Make it easy on yourself and go right to you local wine section. It won’t limit your choices, it will save you time and make the process easy!


If you’re cooking beef, steak or stew, match the intensity of the food with that of the wine. If you’re serving beef or steak or a hearty stew, grab a Merlot or Cabernet with stronger tannins. Italian food can be great with a Pinot Noir, which is usually medium-bodied and less intense. Do not chill. Chicken, seafood, or soups would be enhanced by a lighter white wine like a non-oaked Chardonnay, Riesling or Pinot Grigio.  Serve chilled.

We all have cookie platters this time of year and is paired well with a sweet or semi-sweet Riesling like Northern Lights.  You can never go wrong with a nice Moscato. You can also leave that out for cheesecake and pie!

I total agree with Michael on Facebook that a red semi-sweet fruit blend like Blue Heaven goes nicely with dark chocolate covered pretzels, or this red wine fudge recipe we just put on our Facebook page!  You use 2 tablespoons of red wine and bring the rest of the bottle with you to serve them together. It’s an easy last-minute recipe if you need something to bring to your holiday gathering!

Autumn Harvest Winery and Orchard produces many wines using fruit from their orchard, and a hard cider. Visitors can enjoy complimentary wine tasting, sample local cheeses and chocolates, relax on the outdoor patio, or peruse the gift shop. Starting in May you can enjoy the beautiful sights of blooming apple trees, flowers and an abundance of wildlife. In July you can purchase fresh blueberries or pick your own. During the fall season, apples and pumpkins can be purchased or you can pick your own, enjoy wagon rides and a free corn maze.