‘Tis the season to gather around the table with friends and family and share the joy of the holidays together. When it comes to pairing your holiday dinner with wine, a lot of people want to know, “what wine should I pair with my holiday dinner?” This year, we asked our winemaking team to share their favorite wines to pair with holiday dishes. These wines pair particularly well with holiday spices and cuisine.
“Le Dessein (now called Métier) is my favorite red wine we make to pair with Thanksgiving dinner. The softer the structure, firm acidity, herbal tones, and cranberry flavors that always come from Grenache make this wine perfect to enjoy with turkey and other classic Thanksgiving dishes” – Nick Bernstein, Winemaker
In its youth, 2020 Le Dessein (formerly Métier) is showing dark, brambly fruits that are offered up by Mourvèdre (44%) and Syrah (20%), with Grenache (36%) adding Bing Cherry and strawberry leaf. There is a serious meaty, bacon fat component to this wine that is accentuated by notes of black pepper, violets and cranberry. The silky structure is lifted by wonderful acidity, bringing a sense of freshness to the palate. This wine always drinks well on release and can be cellared for 12+ years
“Both our Roofline Pinot Noir and Roofline Chardonnay are excellent options to enjoy with your Thanksgiving meal. The Chardonnay offers fresh acidity and minerality, which pairs nicely with such rich and hearty food, while the Pinot provides a nice balance between earthiness, red fruits, and light to medium structure to enhance the classic flavors of Thanksgiving. These are both great wines to enjoy with friends and family over a shared meal and good conversation” – Mari Rossi, Assistant Winemaker
The 2021 Pinot Noir presents appealing aromas of coriander, cherry and pomegranate, with a hint of eucalyptus. The pretty, delicate aromas belie the density the wine shows on the palate, which builds to a substantial finish which is buttressed by a touch of French oak and just the right amount of tannin. A blend of vineyard sites from the Willamette Valley, this fresh and vibrant cuvee is intended for casual consumption and obvious appeal, and it delivers.
The 2020 Roofline Chardonnay opens with aromas of cucumber, Asian pear, lemon rind and wet stone. The slight hint of reduction, subtle oak presence, low alcohol, and racy acidity give this Willamette Valley cuvée an old-world feel, with a freshness and liveliness that make this wine very appealing in its youth. This will easily pair with your favorite grilled seafood or summer cheese plate. Enjoy now or cellar for up to seven years.
“Rosé offers a wonderful balance – medium weight stands up to turkey, with bright acidity to compliment the earthy flavors present in traditional side dishes. With the addition of a moderate chill, Rose is a refreshing addition to every holiday meal” – Jason Gorski, Director of Winemaking & Viticulture
Sourced from the Columbia Valley, the 2021 Rosé’s pink salmon hue is a shade lighter than past vintages. There is a delectable weight and mouthfeel for a wine built without oak or much skin contact. Watermelon Jolly Rancher, passion fruit, nectarine and orange blossom all pop from the glass. The rich, ripe flavors work perfectly with the sturdy acidity, resulting in a lush, balanced finish. Blending some of our warmer and cooler vineyard sites results in a wine with a personality that will pair with a wide range of foods.
DeLille Cellars is a boutique artisan winery that has been producing Red Mountain wines since 2000. The winery is known for pioneering Bordeaux-style blends from Washington State and has maintained a tradition of quality and excellence with over 200 wines rated 90+ from leading publications. Visit our Woodinville winery or shop Washington wines online.