Wine Pairings - Dec. 22nd

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CHIPPEWA FALLS, Wis. (WEAU) -- You are probably making one last grocery run for your holiday meals, and if you’re stumped on finding the perfect wine, Jean McIlquham with Autumn Harvest Winery joined Tyler Mickelson with a few simple tips.

Quite simply wine selection for a party can be overwhelming. Make it easy on yourself and go right to you local wine section. It won't limit your choices, it will save you time and make the process easy!

If you’re cooking beef or steak, or stew, match the intensity of the food with that of the wine. If you're serving beef or steak or a hearty stew, grab a Merlot or Cabernet with stronger tannins. Italian food can be great with a Pinot Noir, which is usually medium bodied and less intense. Do not chill. Chicken, seafood, or soups would be enhanced by a lighter white wine like a non-oaked Chardonnay, a Riesling, or Pinot Grigio. Serve chilled.

We all have cookie platters this time of year, and that is paired well with a sweet or semi-sweet Riesling like Northern Lights. You can never go wrong with a nice Moscato. You can also leave that out for cheesecake and pie!

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