Pairing Texas High Plains Wines & Holiday Dishes
This season, pair your favorite holiday dishes with a glass of local wine. With 90% of all Texas wine grapes grown right here in the Texas High Plains, you’ll be sure to impress your guests this holiday season. Whether you’re hosting a holiday party or sharing a meal with family, we’ve set the menu and picked a few popular pours for your signature dishes.
As your guests arrive, offer them a glass of Sparkling Pinot Meunier from Burklee Hill Vineyards or McPherson Cellars’ Dry Muscat Canelli to prep their palate for a pomegranate and pear green salad or warm crostini bites topped with goat cheese and cranberry relish. For charcuterie boards, pour a glass of Church House Blush which offers aromas of passionfruit and kiwi.
Compliment a rosemary chicken dish with Farmhouse Vineyards’ Revolution, or pair a fish selection such as scallops with English Newsom Cellars’ Albarino, offering a hint of minerality. For the infamous green bean casserole, try Burklee Hill Vineyards’ Pinot Grigio or Llano Estacado Winery’s Cellar Reserve Chardonnay.
Every West Texas table needs a bold red for those savory beef dishes. If you are serving a prime cut of steak and hearty potatoes, try English Newsom Cellars’ Estate Malbec with bright, red fruits and a smoky flavor or Burklee Hill Vineyards’ FM 303 with notes of plum and dark cherry. For a Shepherd’s Pie, don’t miss Farmhouse Vineyards’ Cultivated which is a blend of Dolcetto, Cabernet Sauvignon, Counoise and Cinsault. Craving a warm stew on a cold day? Open a bottle of McPherson Cellars’ Les Copains Red, which is aged for six months in oak barrels and appears smoky to the nose.
Whether it’s spaghetti and meatballs, chicken Florentine pasta or a creamy Tuscan sausage pasta, your guests will be pleased with a glass of McPherson Cellars’ Sangiovese, which offers a smooth and fruit-forward taste or Church House’s Red Blend with hints blackberry and vanilla.
For a casual dinner with friends, toast a grilled cheese and pair it with Llano Estacado Winery’s Le Petite Blanc, which is a blend of Viognier and Chenin Blanc with flavors of honeysuckle, toasted almond and apple. For those fancy folks, toast a slice of pumpernickel, add a few slices of Gouda, and pour a glass of Farmhouse Vineyards’ Housewife.
End the night with an apple crisp or peach cobbler and a glass of Church House Moscato which pairs nicely with tree fruits due to its smooth honey notes.
If you’re curious to sample a pour of some of these wines before adding them to your table, visit one of these wineries for a tasting. You’ll discover the best way to spread holiday cheer is by pouring generously for those near and dear! Share what you’re serving this holiday season with us using #LiveLoveLubbock. And, cheers!