What Wine Should You Serve for Your Holiday Meal?
By Steven King
The time for holiday meals is upon us. The mainstay for proteins are ham and turkey. Both of these meats alone would beg for a wine that is high in acidity. What is acidity you ask? Acidity is found primarily in white wines. It is the tart aspect of a wine that causes you to salivate. White wines cause acidity while red wines have more tannins or a drying result on the palate. Some reds can be so astringent that they were used to help clotting during the wars of old. Acidity in food and drink is tart and zesty. Wines with higher acidity feel lighter on the palate because they come across as spritzy. The acidity of the overall meal should create a balance that makes you salivate. The more saliva in your mouth the more the flavors of the food spread throughout your palate.
We are born with more than 10,000 taste buds and they decipher sweetness, sourness, saltiness, bitterness and umami or a savory flavor. With that said the holiday meals usually have sauces that accompany the meal like a cranberry sauce. Because the fruity sauces addacidity the wine can have less. I recommend a buttery Chardonnay for your holiday meals to provide a balance that enhances the taste. If you have food or wine questions drop me a line. Sking@onyxmagazine.com