What to Serve with that Bird…
In need of some wine pairing inspiration for your Holiday Meals? Don’t sweat it!
- Matching the wine selection to the protein in the meal
- Balancing the fruit and acidity in the wine selection, so that it holds its own with all the holiday spices in your delicious meal
- Offering a variety: red and white, so all are sure to find something to enjoy
…the finer tuning of wine pairing can leave even the best of chefs in a quandary. Since most of us don’t have our own private oenophile super hero on call, a visit to Santa Ynez Valley’s local wineries will not only help you navigate the bountiful wine options for your Holiday meals…it will may also be just the key to slow the pace of any pre-holiday craziness that has a way of sneaking up this time of year.
With some expert guidance from Santa Ynez Valley’s incredible wine professionals, you can sip your way through the answers! Why not try a pairing for the delectable side dishes on your table or add a sparkling wine to your menu for a touch of festive charm?
There is no doubt that great wine pairings will do wonders for your holiday meals and serve as great conversation starters and inspired holiday gifts as well. Thankfully, the vineyards of Santa Ynez produce some of California’s most exciting wines and these extraordinary local wineries are a wealth of knowledge for those needing some wine coaching. For some inspired pairing suggestions and pre-holiday fun, take a look at these local Santa Ynez Valley events:
Holiday Pairings Experience
Sunstone Winery in Santa Yvez Valley is offering an educational and interactive opportunity to learn which wines will compliment your holiday menus and ask questions of the their chef and wine experts. You will be expertly guided through a perfectly matched selection of wines and holiday bites prepared by Santa Ynez Valley’s Avant restaurant. Hosted in the Tasting Room of Sunstone Winery, Saturday November 17 at 11:30am and 1 pm, cost is $35 per person and reservations are required. For more information or to book your reservation, please contact the Wine Club Director at Sunstone Winery.
Meet the Wine Maker at The Good Life
Specializing in boutique wines from Santa Barbara to Paso Robles and exclusive California Craft beer, The Good Life’s Meet the WineMaker continuing series is featuring winemaker is Doug Timewell from Toucan Wines. Doug will be on site pouring his select Limited Production Estate wines and sharing his knowledge of wine making In the Santa Ynez Valley. Discover the relationship between wine and winemaker and the exceptional holiday wines available. Saturday, November 17, 2012, 3pm – 5pm.
Dessert Wine Pairings
Indulge in the ultimate food and wine pairing at the Wandering Dog Wine Bar in Solvang, California, the heart of the Santa Ynez Valley.
Stop by Friday, Saturday or Sunday for a new wine & food concept where tasters can sample a delicious cupcake pairing to any wine or beer flight. Surely your own holiday feast can include a multitude of appetizer and main course pairings, but don’t forget the perfect wine to relax with at the end of your meal. Take this sweet opportunity to delve into the dessert wine options at Santa Ynez Valley’s The Wandering Dog Wine Bar.
Take the time to truly explore all things wine and extend your holiday tasting experience with a stay at The Santa Ynez Valley Marriott in Buellton, California. If you opt to explore the local Santa Ynez Valley wine events on your own we offer an excellent opportunity to get the most out of your wine tasting experience.
Leave the cooking to us!
Why not dine out and join us at the Santa Ynez Valley Marriott for a delicious traditional holiday feast at the Starting Gate Restaurant? Our Thanksgiving Buffet is the perfect way to celebrate the autumn harvest without all of the stress. Make your reservation today by calling 805-688-1000.