Pair gourmet wines with your holiday meals

Nothing sets the ambiance of a delicious holiday dinner better than gourmet wines. No holiday meal is complete without a complementary beverage to set off the rich, savory flavors of the main entree and side dishes.

Top off your holiday spread with gourmet wines found in gift baskets from Hickory Farms. You can easily mix and match holidays foods with specialty wines that you and your family will enjoy during the holidays.

Try the following pairings from wine gift baskets for all of your holiday gatherings this year:

* If your holiday meal is centered around white meats, like chicken, pork, or smoked seafood, like crab, scallops or shrimp, a sauvignon blanc makes a perfect pairing with its light-flavor and crisp taste. Delicate foods or acidic ingredients, such as raw vegetables or vinaigrettes, also pair well with this delicious wine.  

* For a formal holiday meal serving red meats, cabernet sauvignon is the perfect choice. The full-flavored wine can be paired with red meats that are served grilled, roasted or braised with a side of mushrooms or squash.

* White wine lovers will enjoy chardonnay with any flavorful holiday dishes. Lobster, sea bass or shrimp are complementary seafood pairings while chicken, turkey and pork are perfect white meat pairings. Hosts can consider serving avocado, squash or spinach on the side with their holiday meals.

Take these simple ideas and combine them with your own recipes to make delicious dishes that will disappear by the end of any holiday gathering. Get creative and start mixing and matching the holiday treats found in gourmet gift baskets to create unique and tasty dishes that everyone will enjoy.

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