The Holiday Season waits for no man. Or woman. So, whether or not you are ready to accept the fact that another year is almost over: the holidays are upon us and t’is the season to be jolly.
It is a season to celebrate family and friends, to eat a lot of good food…
and to think about wines to pair with holiday dinners.
I find that one doesn’t need to look too far to find a reason to try a whole lot of new wines on any given occasion. But when it comes to the holiday season, there are endless opportunities to expand our wine horizons and hopefully find a couple more “go-to” wines to add to our list.
Each meal, (and there are many in this season) has a potentially perfect pairing partner and you’ll only find it by trial and error.
Perhaps, in order to find these wines to pair with holiday dinners, you want to explore only wines from a certain country or a specific region. You could plan a themed season, committing to one variety, something in the lines of “A Cabernet Christmas”.
In my mind the holiday season is synonymous with cold weather and loads of home cooked meals (mostly roasts), so I have decided to go with different wines from the same producer. I am planning on working my way through all of the Barnardt Boyes & Cape Sun red wines.
Here is my list of wines to pair with holiday dinners (in no particular order):
- Cape Sun Cabernet Sauvignon 2015
- Cape Sun Premium Blend 2014
- Cape Sun Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2014
- Cape Sun Reserve Merlot 2014
- Carrol Boyes Cape Blend 2014
- Carrol Boyes Elements Pinotage 2014
Now, although I have chosen these wines because I expect that they will pair beautifully with meat dishes, that does not mean that they can’t also be paired with hearty vegetarian dishes. This being said, when it comes to wine, personal preference trumps all else.
There definitely is something to pairing certain wines with certain foods to bring out the best in both the food and the wine, but if what you want is a glass of merlot to go with your quinoa salad, then that is what you should have.
You do you honey!
However, the Barnardt Boyes red wines I have chosen will most probably all be paired with a variety of meaty dishes as I consider myself as belonging to the order Carnivora. In my experience, pairing red meats with red wines always adds that extra wow factor.
I am excited to see how wines from the same producer can vary in terms of vintage and varietals, as well as how my experience of the wine varies from that of whoever I am drinking the wines with. Do we pick up on the same aromas? How do my tasting notes differ from those of the producers? How does the 2015 Cape Sun Cabernet Sauvignon vary from the 2014 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon? Which wine tasted better when paired with the Beef Wellington and the Thrice Fried Duck Fat Potatoes?
There will be many holiday dinners, so I am confident that by the end of the season I will have shortlisted the winner wines, although I am also pretty sure that each of the Barnardt Boyes & Cape Sun wines will shine. I may be slightly biased here, but as a wine lover who has tasted her fair share of wines, I can confidently say that South Africa produces phenomenal wines. The Barnardt Boyes & Cape Sun collection is produced in the winelands by people who are passionate about producing top quality wine. This is why committing to spend a season drinking is a rather exciting prospect.
Whether you’re like me and get excited about planning wine adventures for the coming holiday season, or you’re simply at a loss for which wines to pair with holiday dinners at countless gatherings planned for the holidays, my advice is: go with a range of repute. From a country which produces wines of repute. The Barnardt Boyes & Cape Sun collection are two such ranges, so why not give it a go?