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The 12 Wines of Christmas: Pairings for the Holidays (Plus Recipes!)

We will be spending Christmas—straight through El Dia de los Reyes—in Spain this year, and our favorite thing is that Christmas really does last 12 days there. Feeling the holiday spirit full on, here are 12 wines for Christmas, paired with classic Latin dishes.


Croquetas are a favorite at Christmas and throughout the year. Whether you fill yours with pollo or jamon, Chardonnay from South America is a good match. We are especially fond of Marques de Casa Concha Chardonnay 2011, which has just a touch of smoke showing through tropical fruit and Gala apple flavors. We’re also enjoying Trivento Golden Reserve Chardonnay 2012 (left), whose flavors of pineapple and citrus are backed by a light touch of vanilla. Both have just the right amount of oak to hold up to cheese or béchamel.


If you’re serving enchiladas this season, especially Green Enchiladas or Enchiladas with Tomatillo Salsa, Sauvignon Blanc is the way to go. We’re heading to Chile for our top Sauv Blanc picks. Santa Ema Select Terroir Sauvignon Blanc 2013 (left) has crisp fruit flavors and bright acidity that pairs well with seafood, spices, and green herbs. Terrunyo Sauvignon Blanc 2011 has nice citrus notes and clean minerality and is ideal with spicy green salsa.

Next up, what to serve with paella and pernil...

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