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Best Wine Pairings for Your Holiday Treats

As your calendar is quickly filling up with holiday events, we thought we would give you a list of the best wine pairings to go with your favourite treats. Stop stressing about your menu options and use this guide to be crowned “best host”, and keep your guests talking about your impeccable taste.

Haywire Vintage Bub & Truffle Popcorn

The holidays are a time to celebrate, and what says “holiday fun” more than popping a bottle of our Haywire Vintage Bub? This is a wine has aged with grace. When it was first released it carried strong flavours of green apple but has transformed into a creamy red apple palate with white grapefruit freshness to finish.

Pair this with some truffle parmesan popcorn to get the party started. This simple crowd-pleaser is both mouth-watering and easy to make. All you need is a little bit of truffle salt, grapeseed oil, butter, and a sprinkle parmesan cheese. You can take a simple snack food and upgrade it to a new decadent addiction.

Narrative Fortified Wine & Chocolate Dipped Cherries

Keep in mind, if you want to impress your friends, Narrative’s Fortified is the perfect wine for a little post-dinner enjoyment. The wine is a combination of Merlot and Syrah that is aged for two years in neutral oak.

To perfect this pairing the key is to use dark chocolate. The bitterness allows the wine space to shine in all its creamy, lush glory. Bright red and black fruit flavours combine with pepper and spice and all things nice. Use that description with your friends and feel free to act a little high-brow this winter.

Haywire Switchback Pinot Gris & Endive Leaf, Apple, Blue Cheese and Hazelnut

When serving any wine with a strong cheese it is imperative that the flavours don’t clash. While the classic recommendations might be a sauvignon blanc or a riesling, the aromatic Haywire Switchback Pinot Gris provides a great option to be enjoyed beyond the salad course. This allows for more flexibility in your menu, and therefore a lot less stress when hosting an event.

As for this blue cheese finger food salad, it doesn’t get much better. No sit-down meals required this holiday season! This recipe is a unique twist on serving a salad that allows for a more casual atmosphere.

Haywire White Label Pinot Noir & Risotto Balls

Pinot Noir is a versatile varietal allowing for pairing with many different types of dishes. This risotto balls recipe is the perfect chance to spice up your holiday cooking with a comfort food dish. Creamy and satisfying, this heavier meal pairs incredibly well with the signature mark of Okanagan Pinot Noirs. Mellow tannins and fruit-forward flavours mean you can keep drinking this wine well after the risotto has been finished.

The Haywire White Label Pinot Noir is produced in Summerland, BC with a focus on changing the BC wine industry with organic grapes that are lively, elegant and truly memorable. Above all, this bottle is meant to be shared with friends and family. Serve this beautiful combination as an appetizer, or enjoy it as a full meal.

Narrative Non-Fiction & Cauliflower Gnocchi

Narrative Non-Fiction is a beautifully balanced red blend which provides aromas of wild herbs and dark berry fruits. Enjoy the lengthy finish of this wine while devouring the delicious cauliflower gnocchi from Basics with Bails. Warning, this WILL become your newest go-to meal or perfect potluck side. This simple recipe is a delicious pasta alternative combined with a spicy cheese sauce that is sure to impress. This recipe will even make the biggest pasta lovers swoon!

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Now it’s time to get cooking! Let us know which one of these wine pairings was your favourite, and if you have discovered other recipes that work well with any of our wines.

Our tasting room might be closed for the season, but you can find your perfect wine online. Do yourself a favour and treat yourself to a couple of bottles. After all, self-care is important over the holidays!