For some reason people consider the words "holiday party" to be among the scariest in the English lexicon. Well, we don't. Yes, you'll certainly need to create the guest list, send invitations, plan the menu, pair the wines and decorate the house... maybe that is a lot of work. But with Whole Foods Market's Top Ten Wines plus our great holiday recipes, you have a resource to make your holiday entertaining a snap. It's like that extra set of hands you always wished you had to help prepare your holiday gala. (You're still going to have to use your own hands to clean up afterwards - sorry we can't help you with that!)
Helfrich Gewurztraminer, a floral and spicy wine with honey and tropical fruit flavors, is perfect to hand to your guests as an aperitif as they make their way to the food. Speaking of food, this wine is so versatile that it pairs perfectly with dishes as diverse as Lamb Tagine with Dates and Poached Pears with Fig Syrup and Bleu Cheese. So if you're looking for a go-to white, this is definitely it.
As you're pondering that guest list, go ahead and pop open a bottle of Pepperwood Pinot Noir. With aromas of freshly-baked cherry pie, this stunning value goes great with beef dishes, spinach and cheese lasagna, or look to pair it with a Gruyère Reserve or cranberry cheddar cheese. No matter what dishes accompany this wine both you and your guests will absolutely have a match made in heaven.
No holiday festivities would be complete without a little (or a lot) of dessert to end the meal. Whether you fancy some cheese to end on a savory note or a decadent Raspberry and Cocoa Linzer Torte,
Sutter Home's Muscat of Alexandria offers delightful honeysuckle and peach flavors to cap off the evening. But make sure to save some, so that long after your guests leave you can pour a glass or two of this nectar, prop your feet up, and revel in this wonderful time of year.