5 Long Island Wines to Pair with Your Christmas Dinner

Which wines should you drink with your holiday dinner? We’re glad you asked.

‘Tis the season of giving, sure, but ‘tis also the season of eating and drinking. Long Island benefits, of course, from some of New York’s finest wineries. But which wines should you drink with your holiday dinner? Below are some picks to get you through the holidays.

Sparkling Pointe’s 2014 Reserve Blanc de Blancs

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Everybody likes a crisp, clean sparkler, but, at the holidays, a bubbly wine with more depth and complexity might just fit the bill. This toasty, yeasty Champagne-method sparkling wine is perfect for the celebratory season.

Read more: 6 Local Sparkling Wines You Need to Drink This NYE on Long Island

Saltbird Cellars’ Migratus

This barrel-fermented Sauvignon Blanc has more heft than the traditional gooseberry-toned wines for which the varietal is known. Contact with the lees yields a wine with a considerable mouthfeel, ripe fruit, and a round finish. It’s a wine that can easily hold up to the rich fare that’s synonymous with the holidays.

Palmer Vineyards’ 2018 Merlot Rosé

Pink wine is not only for summer! This darker-hued rosé, made from lush Merlot, is spicy and full-bodied, making it an able partner for holiday foods. It’s particularly brilliant paired with that Christmas favorite, glazed ham.

Macari Vineyards’ 2015 Alexandra

This wine is only produced in exceptional vintages, which the price tag reflects. Even in its youth, this structured, beefy wine is an outstanding choice for a hearty holiday meal.  Since the majority of the blend is Merlot (63 percent), this is still a plummy, approachable wine, held up by the strength of small percentages of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Malbec, and Petit Verdot.

One Woman Wines’ 2014 Dessert Grüner Veltliner

This bright, almost saline grape is more often vinified dry. In the case of One Woman’s dessert offering, the grape produces a racy, exhilarating wine, teeming with apples, pears, and stone fruit. Pair it with holiday trifle or a closing cheese board and bid a sweet farewell to the holidays.