The "Perfect..." Holiday Wine Pairings

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At Nine Hats we love to offer our customers wines that elevate life every day, and the holidays are an exciting time for our wines to shine even brighter. Perfect for pairing with office parties, holiday meals and the little moments that make this season the “Most Wonderful Time of the Year,” we’ve gathered a few fun pairings to kick off the season.

1. The perfect should we watch Elf or The Grinch? wine. || Nine Hats Malbec

Whether you are moved by Will Ferrell’s jovial performance in Elf or prefer Whoville’s greatest grump in The Grinch, our full-bodied Malbec appeals to those looking for something with savory spice and those interested in ripe, forward fruit character. The best of both world’s is yours this season with the versatility of our Nine Hat’s Malbec.

2. The perfect it’s time to bake cookies wine. || Nine Hats Riesling

If you’ve already got the Christmas cookie cutters out and are working through the sweet traces of sugar cookie dough or opt for whipping together a batch of the Classic Snowball cookies (Classic Snowball Cookies Recipe | Gemma's Bigger Bolder Baking), then you are definitely thinking about a “sweet treat.” While our Nine Hats Riesling is not overly sweet, it is not overly dry either (and partners exceptionally well with cookies). Sourced from some of the Columbia Valley’s oldest vines, classic notes of pear and melon mix and mingle with lively acidity, making this Riesling a delight with or without cookie dough.

3. The perfectlet it snow, let it snow, let it snowwine. || Nine Hats Merlot

“Oh, the weather outside is frightful but the fire is so delightful and since we've no place to go let it snow, let it snow, let it snow (and maybe drink some … Merlot!).” While many of us are dreaming of a white Christmas, sometimes the snow falls in decent doses throughout December. One of our best fireside wines is the Nine Hats Merlot – with rich fruit character and silky tannins, it’s the perfect glass for watching the snowflakes outside and the fire inside.

4. The perfect après ski and into the hot tub wine. || Nine Hats Pinot Gris

For that post skiing, cozy lodge glass that is fresh, flavorful, and lower in alcohol after a day on the slopes and an evening in the hot tub, reach for the citrus-driven flavors of our Nine Hats Pinot Gris. Easy to drink, easy to share and even easier on the wallet this holiday season.

5. The perfect let’s make some spiced wine wine. || Nine Hats Red Wine

Whether you call it “glögg,” (like the Swedes), “glühwein” (like the Germans), or simply “mulled wine” like most Americans, this delicious, sweet, spice-infused wine is served warm and is the perfect mug for watching Hallmark Christmas Channel reruns or for a post shopping pick-me-up. Check out one of our very own mulled wine recipe here.

6. The perfect let’s trim the tree wine. || Nine Hats Sangiovese

It doesn’t matter if your Christmas tree comes out of a box every year or the forest, there’s plenty to do to wrap the lights, hang the garland and display ornaments old and new. Our sassy Sangiovese is brimming with ripe red fruit, some serious spice, and a full-body profile – the perfect glass as you turn up the Christmas music, and scramble to get all the décor out and about.

7. The perfect I just checked everyone off my list wine. || Nine Hats Syrah

Celebrate the little things – like finishing your Christmas shopping – with Syrah! Festive and bright, our Nine Hats Syrah carries beauty and balance with plenty of palate pep and ongoing fruit character. Showcasing gorgeous textures and delivering pairing versatility, this is the bottle to taste the mission accomplished!

8. The perfect time to wrap presents wine. || Nine Hats Chardonnay

Oh Chardonnay! There you are in all of your glowing fresh tropical flavors reminiscent of summer, yet rich and round enough for winter. Merry and bright, just like the season, our Nine Hats Chardonnay is picture perfect for sipping and wrapping – the little gift you can give yourself!

9. The perfect I love a blanket and a roaring fire wine. || Nine Hats Cabernet Sauvignon

When it’s all said and done, our Nine Hats Cabernet Sauvignon is the go-to wine for the holidays. Big, bold, full of mirth and spice, with weight and texture, velvety tannins and rich fruit character, this bottle is made for chilly nights by the fire with Christmas lights twinkling and stockings hung by the chimney with care.

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