Cocktail Recipes, Spirits, and Local Bars

The Wine Geeks' Guide to the Christmas Season

The Wine Geeks' Guide to the Christmas Season

Ah, the joys of the holiday season: lavish meals, fancy sweaters, Yankee swaps, and holiday parties. Yes, the vino doth flow this time of year, making it a great time to get your geek on and try some unique juice. But how to do you pick the right wine for your holiday celebration?

Here are some wine tips for the holidays for both the safe and adventurous party planner:

Acidity is the magic ingredient:
It makes your mouth water — literally. That makes you hungrier (a must on this, the most gluttonous of holidays). It also cuts through the richest of dishes and complements tart courses, like salads. In short, wine is the best party guest at the table.

Size matters:
Yep, sorry but it is true. Delicate dishes cry out for out light wines. Meatier, more powerful, robust offerings need a wine equally strong. Don't believe us? Think of having a delicate white fish dish with a robust, tannic red. The citrus in the fish makes the wine tastes bitter, and the raw power of the wine overpowers the finesse of the food — tragic.

Matchy Matchy:
Very simply, pick a flavor component in the dish and match it to the wine. Seems evident, but it's absolutely effective! Serving stuffed green peppers? Try a similarly green wine like a vinho verde or a grüner veltliner. Got some smoky spicy Andouille sausage in that stuffing? Break out the syrahs!

Drink what you like:
The bottom line is that if you enjoy both the food being served and the wine being poured, you will enjoy the combination. Only a handful of pairings are truly disastrous (think orange juice and toothpaste).

Now that you have the basics, here are some red, white, and sparkling suggestions for your festivities.

BUBBLES

Safe Bet
Prosecco: The slightest kiss of off dry peachy sweetness, paired with a soft refreshing bubble make this baby a dynamite selection.

Geek Alternative
Cremant de Bourgogne: Rich, bright bubbles made in champagne style from nearby Burgundy without the price tag.

WHITES

Safe Bet
Chardonnay: Both oaked and unoaked chardonnays are classic choices for the holiday table. The unoaked is crisp, clean, and smooth, offering a little something for everyone. The oaked versions have the richness to stand up to the decadence that is a pre-requisite for dishes at this time of year.

Riesling: Dry and off dry riesling possess all of the acidity to cut through the richest of foods. Plus, low alcohol means that guests can drink them all day long without fear of reprisal (at least too much).

Geek Alternative
Northern Italian Whites: Friulano, kerner, gavi, arneis are awesome under-sung gems year round. What makes them really shine are their mineral rich, medium-to-full bodies and high acidity flavor. Dynamite for any gathering.
Gewürztraminer: The darker, exotic sister to lean, pure riesling. It has a warm, spicy bouquet brimming with tropical fruit, sandalwood, rose hips, and jasmine, while the palate is rich and unctuous. The complexity offers a refreshing contrast to everything from appetizers through mains.

REDS

Safe Bet
Pinot Noir: Tried and true, pinot noir is a great "go to" for the holidays. Burgundian and Oregonian pinot pairs perfectly with white meat, the gamier flavors make it perfect with roast beast, and the bright red fruit and high acidity hold its own with. Californian pinots do all of the above but offer a richer flavor profile to boot, making it a crowd-pleaser.

Syrah: Notice that we said syrah, not shiraz. We do love gob-smackingly fruit-forward luscious shirazs and zins, and yes they can more than hold their own with the richest of holiday dishes. However, it almost feels like too much of a good thing. For a more full-bodied holiday red, try a smoky, spicy syrah, preferably from the Northern Rhone or Central Coast.

Geek Alternative
Beaujolais: Released in November each year, Beaujolais Nouveau is light, fruity, and positively gulp-able. However, the real treat is Cru Beaujolais. At a slight premium, it offers amazing depth of flavor, yet it remains light and fruity, with loads of that great acidity we talked about earlier. It plays nicely with everything you can think of on the holiday table.
Cabernet Franc: Although it does not get nearly as much press as its Bordelaise brethren cabernet sauvignon and merlot, this variety kills it in both the Old and New World. In the Loire valley it is used to produce the red wines of Chinon and Bourgueil. Although light- to medium-bodied, these wines have scads of berry fruit, a nervy acidity, and almost plush velvety tannins on the palate.

--Aimme Ullman


Valerie Bertinelli shares tips and recipes for the ultimate holiday cookie swap.

The Ultimate Guide to Holiday Gingerbread Cookies

Expert gingerbread prep, storage and decorating tips from Mima Sinclair’s “Gingerbread Wonderland” cookbook.

10 Ways to Spike Your Hot Chocolate

Ten boozy hot chocolate recipes to warm you from the inside out.

One Spray Paint Can: 10 DIY Holiday Decor Ideas

Transform household items, fresh produce, even fallen leaves and branches into stunning holiday decor.

10 Holiday Appetizer Recipes Starring Brussels Sprouts

Ten delicious ways to feature brussels sprouts in your holiday lineup, from bacon-wrapped nibbles to melty, cheesy dips.

Maple Syrup-Glazed Sweet Potato Casserole

Slash the calories of this classic dish and welcome a new holiday favorite! Whipped egg whites are the secret to this holiday favorite!

Cranberry Pecan Multi-Grain Stuffing

The perfect special-occasion dish using Minute Multi-Grain Medley.

Top Trending: Holiday Stocking Stuffers Under $25

Ten fun, affordable stocking stuffer ideas for kitchen dwellers.

Boozy Gift Picks: Best-Selling Bar Accessories on Amazon

Browse some of the best holiday gift ideas for wine geeks, beer lovers and hobby bartenders.

15 Minimalist Recipes for a Healthier Holiday Season

The holidays can be complicated—do you really want your grocery list to be, too? These simple holiday recipes are here to save the day.

25 Days of Cookies

The best cookie recipes for the season—25 of them to be exact—to create the sweetest advent calendar that ever was.

Tips and Inspiration for Your Holiday Cheese Board

From selections to presentation, pick up tips and inspiration for creating your own holiday cheese board.

Best Gift Ideas for Coffee Lovers

Got a few coffee lovers on your holiday shopping list? Check out these can’t-miss gift ideas for the season.


40 Gifts For Wine Lovers That Are Better Than A Last-Minute Bottle

They deserve more than a bottle from the "$15 and under" shelf.

Here's the bad part about shopping for a wine lover: They can actually tell that the wine you're "gifting" them was picked up from the supermarket on the way over. Luckily for you, there is so much more you can buy for your favorite oenophile. That's where this list comes in&mdashthe gifts we've rounded up are unique, sure, but also insanely useful. (Think: adorable glass tags and a totally customizable wine club membership.) There's something to please everyone (your wife, your mom, your bestie)&mdashnewbies and wine snobs alike.

Once the warm weather hits, you'll definitely want to be doing a little drinking on your porch. Keep the bugs away from your precious wine with this genius cover.


THE MAIN EVENT

It’s increasingly a topic of debate whether to source from feather or field to adorn the table, but whatever you opt for, ensure you have the perfect bottles to sit alongside. One of the great attributes of traditional Christmas birds – be it turkey, goose or game – is that it’s eminently possible to serve them with both a red and a white wine.

Turkey
Red
Light, crunchy-fruited red wines such as the lighter Beaujolais Cru (Fleurie, Chiroubles) packed with juicy red cherry, pomegranate, and cranberry, often with some lovely, sweet-spice are a discerning choice. Wines made from old-vine fruit are packed with complexity try Domaine des Marrans’ Chiroubles Vieilles Vignes for a superb example of this incredibly attractive style. Serving wine from magnum only enhances the enjoyment, so the fact that Julien Sunier’s Fleurie from Berry Bros and Rudd comes in this format is marvellous.

Advertisement

White
A rich textural white is needed, with a racy backbone of acidity to slice through a concentrated jus. Mindful organic producer Francois Mikulski ticks both boxes with his Mersault ‘Les Tillets’, packed with dried orchard fruit, candied and bitter orange, it’s wonderfully concentrated.

Goose
Red
This fantastically rich bird has dense, dark meat, brimming with flavour and melt-in-the-mouth fat. Look for a juicy red with primary fruit taking the lead. Seek out a Zweigelt such Allram Villa Strass, hailing from Austria where, fittingly, goose is consumed annually at the feast of Saint Martin the patron Saint of Winemakers.

White
The concentration of lychee and sweet aromatic spices packed intoDomaine Trapet’s Beblenheim Gewurztraminer adds fragrant lift to the unctuous juices from the meat.

Read next

London’s celebrated Petersham Nurseries launches debut book

The Boglione family reveal their living philosophy and culinary secrets in this beautiful tome – just as we start hosting dinner parties once again

Game birds (partridge, pheasant, grouse)
A perfect option for a smaller feast with fewer people around the table. Pick a bottle with earthy, umami richness with a lift of florality to intertwine with game. Wines of the Côte de Beaune offer just this. Corney and Barrow stock a sublime option from biodynamic producer Michel Lafarge, Beaune Clos des Aigrots 1er Cru Domaine 2017, which has a stony mineral texture and a fine tensioned acid structure.

Advertisement

The most glittering events to look forward to this month


Christmas

From turkey to sprouts, and mince pies to party puddings – whatever festive feast you're cooking this Christmas, eat, drink and be merry with all our festive recipes.

Christmas recipes

Make a stunning dinner for a crowd, delicious party canapés for every diet, festive desserts and much more with our best ever Christmas recipes.

Christmas baking recipes

Crumbly mince pies, iced cakes and traditional festive breads like stollen and panettone – find all your favourite Christmas cakes and bakes here.

Christmas biscuit recipes

From cookies and gingerbread, to biscotti and shortbread, bake up a storm this festive season.

Christmas brunch recipes

Discover Christmas brunch ideas to start your day in style. Celebrate Christmas morning with festive breads, pancakes, eggs, smoked salmon and more.

Christmas buffet recipes

Entertaining a crowd this Christmas? We have all the buffet dishes you need for a festive party, including canapés, dips and easy sharing plates.

Christmas cake recipes

Celebrate Christmas with a rich, moist fruitcake, or perhaps a modern sponge-based creation. We've got all the recipes you need and tips for decorating, too.

Christmas canapé recipes

Sophisticated sweet and savoury bites to serve at your festive party or as a light starter

Christmas centrepiece recipes

Discover showstopping turkey alternatives for your Christmas dinner. We have delicious recipes for pork, beef, goose and salmon, plus plenty of veggie options.

Christmas cheeseboard recipes

Pickles, biscuits and ideas for cheese

Christmas chocolate recipes

Treat yourself to something sweet for Christmas. Our indulgent chocolate recipes include chocolate bark, truffles, biscuits, and desserts such as yule logs and mince pie brownies.

Christmas chutney recipes

Great for gift hampers and served with festive meat and cheese

Christmas cracker and biscuit recipes

Stack a hamper high with crunchy treats.

Christmas cupcake recipes

Bake a batch of festive cupcakes to enjoy over the Christmas holidays. Kids will love making and decorating these simple sponges.

Christmas gift recipes

Why go shopping when you can make Christmas presents at home? We have lots of ideas for gourmet gifts that your foodie friends will love.

Gingerbread recipes

Bake a batch of festive gingerbread biscuits to give as gifts, hang on the tree or devour straight away. Kids will love decorating our easy cookies and ornate gingerbread houses.

Boxing Day recipes

Whether it's a stunning ham centrepiece or a mash-up of Christmas leftovers, we've got a selection of Boxing Day recipes to impress family and friends.

Christmas gravy recipes

From fruity favourites to boozy boats

Christmas ham recipes

Feed a crowd with a festive gammon joint. We have ideas for marinades, glazes and ways to serve it.

Christmas leftovers recipes

Use up your Christmas dinner leftovers, including turkey and all the trimmings. From stir-fries to pies, these recipes are packed with festive flavour.

Christmas pâté recipes

Serve our festive pâté recipes for a delicious Christmas dinner starter. Choose from port and chicken liver pâté, vegan mushroom pâté and more.

Christmas parsnip recipes

Get creative with this sweet root.

Christmas pudding recipes

Whether you make yours on Stir-up Sunday, or you need a last-minute pud for Christmas Day, we have the answer with fruity, nutty and chocolatey recipes.

Christmas recovery recipes

Healthy pick-me-ups to beat the festive excess.

Red cabbage recipes

This vibrant brassica goes a long way when you have lots of hungry mouths to feed. Try our Christmas red cabbage recipes and serving suggestions.


  1. Early in the morning when the dew is on the flowers, pick one gallon of perfect, open dandelion blossoms.
  2. Put the flowers in a two gallon or larger open crock and pour boiling water over them. Cover the crock with cheesecloth and let it sit at room temperature for three days. Then squeeze all the juice outta the flowers, throw them away and save the liquid.
  3. Put the liquid into a big pot and add:
    • 3 lbs. sugar (we used brown raw sugar for healthiness but next time we'll try honey for healthierness. The nice lady used white (ugh) sugar.)
    • 3 or 4 lemons, juice, skin, seeds, etc., all chopped up.
    • 3 or 4 oranges, chopped
  4. Boil mixture for 30 minutes with top on pot, cool to lukewarm, pour into crock and add 1 1/2 or 2 packages or tablespoons of yeast. Cover with cheesecloth and let brew sit for two or three weeks 'til the bubbling stops and — whammy!

My grandfather made dandelion wine every season when I was a child. All of us children would go out and pick the dandelions for him. This is old school method, you don't need all kinds of fancy contraptions to make wine at home for it to be "safe". You do realize people have been doing this since the beginning of time, long before amazon.

I have used this one particular recipe since 1976. Yes, I used Red Star Bread Yeast for years, now I use Champagne yeast. This is really a great first time wine project and well worth the effort!! I even double-batch it. Nothing "fly by the seat of your pants" about it, just stick to the recipe, and good "house-wifery" does the rest.

i wished everyone would just get along eh?

really bread yeast. wine yeast is like .65 cents step it us people.

this is a flying by the seat of your pants method of "wine" making and boarders on unsafe. if your interested in making any fermented beverage a little education goes a long way. Also there is nothing unhealthy about brewing with white sugar yours not consuming it! your yeast is!

i just made this wine recipe to the t. after 3 days i had mold on the top. threw it all away. what a loss,time,ingredients etc. hope others had better luck than what i exp. i guess i should have gone w/my 1st reaction to this recipe. it was just way toooo easy,to come out right. those thoughts were exactly right,after 3 days and all the work etc.

How many open dandelion blossoms should be used? Should they fill a 2 gallon container? And exactly how much water? Would it be enough to just cover the blossoms? I appreciate any input on this, thank you.

I would say with that recipe only 1-2 tsp instead of tbs.

we always just use the active dry yeast. our wines always turn out fine. just usually use the lesser amount.

i'm fixin to make this wine and was wondering if these folks used specific wine yeast or just regular dry active yeast for making bread?

Related Content

An In-Depth Companion Planting Guide

Start a 1-Acre, Self-Sufficient Homestead

How to Make Hard Cider

How to Build a Natural Swimming Pool

The Magic of Newspaper Mulch

Get the Most From Vegetable Garden Mulches

Medicinal Balsamroot Cough Syrup & Tincture

Create Your Own Compost the Lazy Way

MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIR ONLINE

All-Access Learn from Home!

Survival Skills, Garden Planning, Seed Saving, Food Preservation, Natural Health – Dozens of courses, 100+ workshops, and interactive Q&As.

50 Years of Money-Saving Tips!

At MOTHER EARTH NEWS for 50 years and counting, we are dedicated to conserving our planet's natural resources while helping you conserve your financial resources. You'll find tips for slashing heating bills, growing fresh, natural produce at home, and more. That's why we want you to save money and trees by subscribing through our earth-friendly automatic renewal savings plan. By paying with a credit card, you save an additional $5 and get 6 issues of MOTHER EARTH NEWS for only $12.95 (USA only).


Wine News

From organic to biodynamic, explore the world of natural wine.

10 Inspiring Women in Wine to Celebrate on International Women's Day

Meet ten amazing women and see how their creativity and innovation is making the wine world better than ever.

Introducing Match for You

Your personalized match score for every single wine.

Big News About the Vivino Community

We can't wait for what's yet to come, and we're just getting started.

Pinot Noir Spotlight: Everything You Need to Know

Everything you need to know about Pinot Noir in one guide

Your Unique Taste Visualized

With our new Taste Profile you can create, update and discover your fully unique tastes. Its no longer difficult to remember the countless wine regions or styles that you have tried.

4 More Features to Pick the Perfect Wine

Vivino wine pages are filled with way more than just average rating, user reviews, and average price. Discover all the wine information available at your fingertips.

10 Pioneers Of Wine to Honor On International Women’s Day

For centuries, women have shaped the wine world and today, there are more women than ever in leadership positions across the industry.

Explore The Fascinating World Of Wine With Vivino's Wine Adventures

We know that Vivino users want more than wine - they’re thirsty for improving their wine knowledge. Vivino’s Wine Adventures provides you with an enjoyable and social way to learn more about what’s in your favorite glass.

Vivino Benefits: Our New Social Features Explained

With new product features like friend tagging, make your Vivino wine experience as social as the rest of your wine life.

Vivino’s 2019 Wine Style Award Winners Are Finally Here

Vivino’s 2019 Wine Style Award Winners Are Finally Here

Cabernet Sauvignon 101: Everything You Need to Know

Powerful and decadent, loaded with early-drinking appeal and capable of aging for decades in the bottle, produced in most countries in copious or minute amounts, accessible or challenging - this is Cabernet Sauvignon.

Ten Wine Trends to Watch in 2019

Vivino has the data to spot wine trends like no one else so we’ve put together a list of the top 10 wine trends to watch in 2019. Consider this your “in-the-know” cheat sheet, and get ahead of the curve now.

Best Champagne and Sparkling Wines for New Year’s Eve

Whether you’re racing into 2019 or ready to relish in every last moment of 2018, use this round-up to find the best champagne or sparkling wine for your New Year’s Eve celebration.

Best Holiday Wines

Find a wine to please everyone this holiday season, no matter what’s on the table or the agenda.

Merlot Spotlight: Everything You Need to Know

Merlot is an instant party in a bottle — fun, energetic, suave, and depending on who is throwing the party (or making the wine), always a bit of a surprise.

Best Thanksgiving Wine

This round-up is designed to fit every budget, style, and feast, enabling you to spend this Thanksgiving doing what matters most: Enjoying the day!

Autumn Wines to Fall For

Crisp air, cozy sweaters, and comfort food are returning to the daily repertoire, and we’ve rounded up the whites, rosés, and reds that capture the vibrant, bountiful spirit of fall.

The Wine Taste Characteristics: Understanding the New Feature

Now know exactly what your wine will taste like. Always buy the right wine!

Top Wines for Mother’s Day: Vivino Picks

Forget Sunday Brunch this year and celebrate Mother’s Day with Vivino’s unmatched wine deals instead!

The Only Pairing Guide You Need For Your Easter Feast

Holiday meal pairings can be tricky, but with this guide to some of the best Easter recipes and their bottled matches, you’ll be celebrating in delicious style.

Low-Sugar Wine: Time-Honored Or Trendy?

Separate the brass tacks from the buzz around the low-sugar wine craze.

10 Celebrity Wineries, Ranked by Vivino

When celebrities enter the world of wines, the results range from great to grim-so we’ve cut through the hype to rank which stars deserve a spot in your cellar.

Wine Trends: What We Learned in 2017 and Predictions for 2018

We tap into Vivino’s data to uncover wine trends from 2017 - check out some of our favorites as well as predictions for what’s to come in the world of wine in 2018.

Best White Wines - Top 20 Under $20

Looking for incredible value white wines? We’ve analyzed sales data and ratings from Vivino's millions of users to bring you the best rated white wines that cost $20 or less on average.

Most Popular Prosecco Wines

We’ve dug into sales data from our millions of wine-loving users to find the most popular Prosecco wines.

Best Red Wines - Top 20 Under $20

Looking for incredible red wines at a value price? We’ve looked at Vivino's top sellers in the U.S. to bring you the best rated red wines for $20 or less.

Best Champagne: Ring In Bubbly Season with Vivino’s Top Picks

Discover what Vivino users have rated as the best Champagnes in the world!

Halloween Candy and Wine Pairings

Send your kids out or don the cowl and cape yourself. Unload the Halloween baskets and get ready for Vivino’s annual candy and wine pairings!

You Can Help: Northern California Wildfire Relief Efforts

Learn how you can help in the relief and recovery efforts to support communities impacted by Wine Country fires in California.

Top Wine Aerators

Whether you’re looking for an aerator for your own collection or you’re searching out a gift for your wine geek friend, our guide to the best wine aerators will help you pinpoint the right one.

Top Wine Accessories and Gifts for Wine Lovers

Grab a glass and read on for our list of top wine accessories that will have a beloved spot on the counter instead of the junk drawer.

Best Sonoma Wineries

It can often be a challenge deciding which Sonoma wineries (of the 425) are best to visit. Read on to find out the Sonoma wineries Vivino users deem best, and then go for a visit and tell them we sent you!

Hot Dogs and Wine: An Unlikely but Perfect Pairing

Some may think wine and hot dogs make an unusual pairing, but since we are firm believers that wine goes with EVERYTHING, we’re confident it’s a winning combo.

How to Host a Wine-Soaked BBQ

The sun is out and ‘tis the season for summer barbecues galore. The meat is marinating and charcoal is smoldering, but how do you turn it into a party? With wine! Vivino’s got you covered with the ultimate guide to hosting a wine-soaked barbecue.

Best Rosé Wines $25 and Under

Rosé has always been the quintessential pool party wine, but now it’s enjoying year-round appreciation and according to our trend data, it's here to stay.

The Best Wine With Burgers

Sun's out, grill's out. Burger time.

Wine Bar Etiquette: Tips from a Professional Wineo

Take it from a professional: This is the wine bar etiquette that will ensure you have a great time.

Is This The Oldest Bottle Of Bordeaux In The World?

Where do you hunt for a bottle of wine worth a treasure? In a pile of dirt in a French cellar.

Cake and Wine: Give Mom What She Really Wants For Mother's Day

On Mother's Day, you can have your cake and drink wine, too!

How To Buy Wine Online

To buy wine online, there’s a variety of different online retailers you can visit. These include everything from wine apps, online grocery stores and flash sales sites to a variety of wine clubs (regular, direct-to-consumer, curated, tasting subscriptions) and online auctions.

Chilean Wine Microclimates: Taste The Unique Geography

From the Andes to the ocean, Chile's geography mean there's a wine for every style you love.

Top 10 Cabernets For Summer Under $30

When the weather warms up, you don't have to switch to white wine. Here's what to pour.

Everything You Need To Know About Tuscan Wine in 600 Words

A super-fast guide to Super Tuscans (and other awesome wines from the region).

Do Fancy Wine Glasses Make A Difference?

Find out if you should invest in stemware for specific wine varieties.

What Is Italian Rosé? A Wine You Must Buy In Bulk This Summer

France and the US are good at thinking pink, but for unique styles and value, it's Italian rosé all the way.

Will Bathing In Wine Make You Beautiful?

Drinking wine makes you feel better looking, so what happens when you soak in it?

The Best Wine For. Stew

The only thing nicer than the aroma of stew bubbling on the stove is digging into a bowl with a perfect wine alongside.

What Is Vegan Wine?

Nope, all wine isn't vegan. Here's how to pick a great one.

Wines Like Cabernet Sauvignon

Find the bold fruit, full body, and structure you love in these five surprising grapes.

The Best Wine For. Basketball Championships

Beer? Bah! All your favorite sports bar foods are even better with wine.

7 Wines To Bring To A Party: Cool Labels and Great Vino

Provocative labels, awesome wine.

The Most Popular Wines In The US

What does it take to be one of the Vivino community's most-loved wines?

A Wine-o's Guide to Visiting Mendoza

Taste like an expert in the heart of Argentina's wine paradise.

Breakfast Wine: How To Drink Wine With Breakfast

Every meal is better with wine, even in the morning. These picks won't leave you with an all-day hangover.

The Best Wine For. Chili

Rainy spring weather demands a hearty, spicy stew. And an awesome wine, of course.

Women in Wine: 8 Great California Female Winemakers

Women are more powerful in the wine world than ever before. Celebrate their work with these bottles.

Most Popular French Wines

We analyzed data from millions of community members to help you decide what to buy next.

Malbec: The Best Wine for Steak and So Much More

Not even the tango is more Argentinian than Malbec and steak, but it's awesome with other food, too.

If You Love Moscato, Drink This Next

The world has gone mad for Moscato. Sweet Bordeaux is going to blow minds.

The Most Expensive Wines

Which are they, why are they so expensive and are there cheaper alternatives?

Don't Pick Boring Wines on Valentine's Day

Try an up-and-coming wine style this year. Surprise is romantic, right?

The Ultimate Galentine's Day Music + Wine Playlist

Pop a cork and crank up the volume. This night in is way more fun than most dates.

4 Wines That Scream 'I Expect a Big, Romantic Valentine's Day"

Don't beat around the bush if you want Valentine's romance.

Valentine's Day Wines That Say What You Can't

Skip the flowers and chocolate—give the perfect wine.

Top 10 Valentine's Day Movies + Wines to Match

All you need for Valentine's day is love. Plus wine and a movie.

The Best Wine For. Super Bowl Parties

Beer? Bah! All your favorite party foods are even better with wine.

Big Game Time: 10 Football Penalties And The Wines To Drink With Them

Why settle for light beer when you can have the game and your vino, too?

The Best Wine For Girl Scout Cookies

Epic wine pairings for simple, sweet pleasures.

Affordable Wines for Post-Holiday Budgets

If you seek out less familiar grapes and regions, you can drink like royalty, no matter your budget.

The Best Wine For. Eggs

Mimosas are okay at brunch, but this wine is a perfect pairing for egg dishes at any time of day.

What You Can Learn From The Back Label

Ignore the pretty picture on the front—a wine's back label can tell you a lot.

The Spirit of Wine: Wine Cocktails

Wine or spirits? Why choose?

Do You Share These Champagne Misconceptions?

Some of what you think you know about Champagne may be wrong.

Avoid Awkward Holiday Conversations With Wine Trivia!

Nothing helps to distract nosy relatives like a whole lot of wine—trivia, that is.​

The 2016 Year In Wine

The experts weigh in on what regions ruled in 2016 and the trends that were all hype and no substance.

Top 10 Cabs For Christmas

'Tis the season for Cabernet, and there's an awesome option at every price point.

The Champagne and Sparkling Wine Buying Guide

From luxury splurge to party bottle, the perfect sparkler for you is here.

The Wine Geek Gift Guide

Wine lovers can't be gifted wine alone. They also need to get cool gear.

How to Host a Wine Tasting Party

One of the best ways to learn more about wine is to throw a party!

A Beginner's Guide to Common Wine Descriptions, Part 2

This time, we focus on texture. Find out what it means when a wine is chalky, plush, gritty, or racy.

The Best Wine For. Holiday Meals

From prime rib to a Feast of Seven Fishes, these are the best wine pairings for every kind of holiday dinner.

2017 Wine Style Awards

The absolute best wines of the year. Featuring wines from 19 different countries and spread out over 147 wine style categories. If you love wine, you need to check this out.

Kuvée: The Brainy Bottle That Keeps Wine Fresh

This smart bottle does the smartest thing of all: keep open wine tasting good.

Surprising Wine Pairings for Classic Thanksgiving Dishes

Perk up your old favorite recipes with cool new wines.

Wines to Buy Now: Top 10 Bottles for Thanksgiving

Don't flip the table (or the bird) from frustration at picking wines for Thanksgiving. Shop our Top 10.

A Beginner's Guide to Common Wine Descriptions, Part 1

Lengthy wine descriptions can be overwhelming, especially if you're a newly vinted wine lover. We can help.

The Best Wine For. Macaroni and Cheese

The best way to improve this comfort food classic isn't an add-in, it's a perfect wine.

What Actually Happens During Harvest At a Winery?

Get a peek at a process that's equal parts agriculture and science.

What's Wrong With My Wine? 6 Common Wine Flaws and How to Smell Them

If you smell eggs, vinegar, or wet dog, this is what's wrong.

Tales of Haunted Wineries

These historic wineries are famous for wine AND spirits. the ghostly kind.

The $28 Million Story Behind the Biggest Wine Fraud in History

Behind the con that fooled the world's most renowned wine collectors.

An Insider's View of Champagne, France

An Instagram roundup of our favorite shots from a Vivino wine expert's trip to this legendary locale.

The Best Wine For. Antipasto

How do you pair a single wine with such a wide variety of flavors?

Wines to Buy Now: Community Picks

Amazing bottles to buy now with one-cent US shipping.

Pumpkin Spice Lovers: Drink This Wine

For pumpkin spice addicts, this is the best time of the year—but what if you need a break from all those lattes? We asked four wine experts for their recommendations.

What Exactly Are Old Vines?

100 years? 25? For grapevines, how old is "old"?

Drinks with Delivery: Perfect Wine Pairings for Takeout Foods

When the delivery guy brings dinner, open a bottle of one of these perfectly paired wines.

Score! The Best Athlete-Owned Wineries

Just because someone can score a touchdown or hit a three pointer, does that mean they can make wine?

I Say Muscat, You Say Moscato: Meet the Many Kinds Muscat

Where to start with one of the most diverse and head-scratching assortments of wine across the globe.


Holiday Gift Guide

These gifts are even better than their favorite bottle of fancy red.

Gifts for Mom

She's filled your holidays with joy since childhood. Now return the favor.

Personalized Gifts

Get your favorite cook something made just for them.

Stocking Stuffers Under $10

These little gifts will be the star of any holiday celebration.

Gifts for the Person Who Takes Their Pantry Very Seriously

These stocking stuffers are ideal for anyone who cares deeply about what's on their kitchen shelves.

Oprah’s Favorite Food Gifts

This year's list celebrates Black-owned businesses from every culinary corner of the country.


Tasty Stack: The season’s best wine, food and drink books.

The Essential Bar Book by Jennifer Fiedler: This A-to-Z guide to mixology features 115 recipes for the world’s most iconic drinks.
Back Lane Wineries, Napa and Sonoma by Tilar Mazzeo: The second edition of these guides explore to the regions’ must-visit smaller wineries.
Meet Paris Oyster by Mireille Guiliano: An exploration of the French love affair with the luxurious bivalve.
Slices of Life by Leah Eskin: Eskin’s recipes for real-life situations, from last-minute guests to a return from the emergency room.
Storied Sips by Erica Duecy: The recipes and stories behind your favorite cocktails.
The Bar Book by Jeffrey Morgenthaler: The ultimate cocktail technique manual.
Barolo and Barbaresco by Kerin O’Keefe: Wine Enthusiast’s Italian Editor traces the history and the people behind these two marquee Italian wines.
American Spirit by James Rodewald: An exhaustive look at the craft distilling revolution.
Madeira by Alex Liddell: The rich history of the Portuguese fortified wine and its namesake islands.
Wines of California by Mike DeSimone and Jeff Jenssen: Wine Enthusiast’s Lifestyle & Entertaining Editors have created a comprehensive guide to this exciting and ever-changing region—from the history and geography to the current trends and new crop of winemakers to watch.
The Exes In My Ipod by Lisa M. Mattson: A tantalizing and cheeky memoir on how love and loss led Mattson to a fulfilling life in wine country, this book is the Eat, Pray, Love of the wine world.
Vegan Holiday Cooking by Joy Pierson, Angel Ramos and Jorge Pineda: A diverse collection of plant-based fare just in time for the holidays.
A Mouthful of Stars by Kim Sunée: In this touching memoir and cookbook, Sunée explores how she came to discover her favorite dishes.
Fruitful by Brian Nicholson and Sarah Huck: Fresh fruit recipes for every season.
Windows on the World Complete Wine Course by Kevin Zraly: New edition of the very-readable textbook on wine basics.
The Beer Book by DK Publishing: A guide to the best brews on the planet right now.
Sunday Suppers by Karen Mordecai: The creator of the popular and oft-imitated Brooklyn-based Sunday Suppers dinner series on how to create a community at the table with understated style.
The Vietnamese Market Cookbook by Van Tran and Anh Vu: An indepth look at the vibrant flavors and recipes of Vietnam.
Flour + Water by Thomas McNaughton: The homemade pasta recipe bible.
Honey by Hattie Ellis: An authoritative guide to the earthy sweet treat, complete with 80 recipes.
Never Trust a Skinny Italian Chef by Massimo Bottura: A recipe-and-technique-filled autobiography from Osteria Francescana’s famous chef, Massimo Bottura.
Marcus Off Duty by Marcus Samuelsson: What the Harlem-based chef and TV star loves to cook at home.
World’s Best Ciders by Pete Brown and Bill Bradshaw: An in-depth look at more than 500 international artisan and commercial cider makers.


Wines to Serve With Prime Rib

Prime rib makes a serious play for a variety of red wines. A big, bold Cabernet Sauvignon from California, a playful Lodi Zinfandel, a rustic Tempranillo from Spain, a refined red from Bordeaux, a Barbaresco or Barolo from Italy—all of these varietals can mix and mingle with a slice of prime rib and bring out subtle nuances in the pairing depending on the regional roots. White wines will have a tough time keeping up, but if you are hard-pressed and must venture to the white grapes, try a full-throttle White Burgundy (Chardonnay) to keep pace with the rich textures and greater ratios of protein and fat.

  • Red wines to pair with prime rib: Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel, Shiraz, Tempranillo, Carmenere, Malbec, Merlot, Bordeaux blends, Rhone Valley blends, Barolo, Barbaresco
  • Whites for prime rib: Typically, white wines have a difficult time holding up to the bold flavors found in red meats, so while it is possible to enjoy white wines with red meats, it may be challenging to find a perfect match.

Related Video

This recipe came out awesome! I pretty much followed the recipe to the letter. However, I did add fresh thyme to the red wine reduction, and sauteed some white mushrooms with the shallots, as well. Served with julienned carrots and string beans and twice-baked potatoes.

This recipe came out awesome! I pretty much followed the recipe to the letter. However, I did add fresh thyme to the red wine reduction, and sauteed some white mushrooms with the shallots, as well. Served with julienned carrots and string beans and twice-baked potatoes.

This is my absolute favorite recipe for those special dinner for two occasions. I pair it with steamed asparagus and my Savory Potato Bites: using 2 c. leftover mashed potatoes, add 2 tablespoons of flour, 1/2 c. shredded cheddar, 1/4 c. bacon bits (3 slices crumbled) 1/2 c. scallions /chives, finely chopped and salt & pepper as desired. Mix all of the above together and form into balls. Dip balls in 1 beaten egg, then roll in 1 cup Italian bread crumbs mixed with 1/4 c parmesan cheese. Fry in preheated oil for about 2 min. Until golden brown.

I added fresh thyme and sliced portibello mushrooms to the shallots. This recipe is a 10!

I prepared the meat exactly as specified in the recipe, and it was terrific. Will be making this again over Christmas holidays!

We love this recipe, although this time I'm adding tarragon as another chateau recipe called for. Serving with duchess potatoes from another site (food.com) and peas. I am cooking it in a separate roaster in the oven this time, too, since like a few other reviewer I severely burned my hand the last time because I, too, grabbed the handle to saute the shallots, forgetting that it had been in the oven. Keep meaning to get one of those silicon sleeves for my pans, but haven't yet so better safe than sorry.

I've made it over 4 times and everyone loves it! Served it with haricot vert and Sweet potatoes with scallion butter. Read More http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/reviews/Chateaubriand-241304#ixzz2f0t9Q3Jt

I love the recipe. I did add mushrooms with the shallots and herbes de provence that i purchased in france and a pinch of sea salt to the saute process. The HDP was the perfect addition. ps.. they make a little potholder that slips directly on the handle of the skillet.. I purchased this after grabbing a hot handle a few years ago.

We made this in the oven the first time, and it was great, however, since then we have made it on the bbq, with the sauce on the side. We actually prefer it on the grill, because of the issue of smoke coming from the oven, and the sauce doesn't seem to suffer from the lack of fat from browning the meat. It's a great "surf and turf" with Grilled Oregano Shrimp.

good..but I improvised with demi glaze and did not use red wine but finished it tableside ..flambed brandy..very nice

Followed the recipe exactly. I gave it three forks because I'm hoping someone will play around with it to help give input as to what's missing. It's good, but it's not great. Needs an herb maybe. The flavor isn't quite there. Might try it with sauteed garlic and fresh thyme added to everything else next time. Iɽ make it again though with some tweaking.

the best recepie ever! My husband loves this. I made it for him on our first valentines day. Remember to be careful that the pan stays hot for a long time and that it is super easy to burn yourself (I have done it several times).. this recepie is amazing and anyone who appreciates good beef will LOVE it. I am making it again tonight with smaller cuts of beef to celebrate the elections!!

please let me just say this is my husbands favi=orite dish. I made it for him for our first valentines day and BE CAREFUL I burned the **** out of my hand because I forgot the pan had been in the oven**** he has asked me to make it several times again for him. I am making it tonight to celebrate the new election.


Watch the video: The Wine Societys Christmas Quiz (December 2021).