Serve the perfect wines to complement different courses or simply one wine for the main dish at your holiday gathering.

Here is a wonderful pairing chart that features both red and white wines and the elegant holiday foods with which they go perfectly.

The chart, adapted from Lunds and Byerly's, a retail and catering company in the Twin Cities area of Minnesota, is a great starting point.

For specific suggestions of wines at different price points, see the Perfect Party Picklist offered by wine.com.

 

Type of wine

Main dish pairing

Pinot Noir (red)

Turkey, lamb, duck, salmon, swordfish, tuna, or scallops.

Chardonnay (white)

Turkey, veal, crab, lobster, swordfish, tuna, scallops, or shrimp.

Dry Riesling (white)

Turkey, seared sea scallops, grilled shrimp, pork, or crab.

Gewurztraminer (white)

Turkey, pork roast, ham, scallops, crab, or salmon

Zinfandel (red)

Turkey, duck, pasta, or pork spareribs.

Rosé (pink)

Ham, duck, oysters, or raw clams.

Sauvignon Blanc (white)

Crab, swordfish, salmon, scallops, tuna, or shrimp.

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