Holiday Wine and Appetizer Pairings

Holiday season is in full swing! Which means lots of holiday hosting. Spice things up a bit with holiday wine and appetizer pairings. Whether it’s for Thanksgiving or Christmas, this menu works perfectly!

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After the excitement over the Fall Charcuterie Spread post I recently shared, I am back partnering with Risata Wines to share wine and appetizer pairings perfect for the holiday season. Whether it be Thanksgiving (just over two weeks away) or Christmas. The wine and appetizers featured will work for both occasions! The mix of sweet, salty, and spicy will leave every guest on your invite list satisfied! 

Pairing wines can be tricky but with a little research (and taste testing) I’ve put together several delicious appetizers to pair with three different wines – a red, a white, and a sparkling wine. Again, a little something for everyone! Additionally, Risata Wines helps out by sharing a couple of pairing recommendations under the detailed description of each of their wines.

Aside from being quite tasty, all of these appetizers are easy to prepare and a couple of them can be done the day before. Making life even easier the day of your get together! Something I am personally ALL about! 

Holiday Wine and Appetizer Pairings with Risata Wines | Holiday Hosting | Louella Reese
Holiday Wine and Appetizer Pairings with Risata Wines | Holiday Hosting | Louella Reese
Holiday Appetizers | Thanksgiving Appetizers, Christmas Appetizers | Louella Reese

Below you will find three wines to serve plus two to three pairings for each of the three wines. A mix of sweet, salty, and spicy – a little something for everyone! 

Wine:

Red Moscato

Sweet red wine with juicy ripe raspberry, strawberry and nectarine flavors. This frizzante wine finishes sweet, yet with balanced acidity and slightly creamy mouth-feel.

Food Pairings:

Fall Butternut Squash Flatbread
Spiced Pecans & Walnuts

Wine:

Moscato d’Asti

Seductively sweet, boasting juicy stone fruit, tart citrus and floral honey flavors. The wine is fresh and fragrant.

Food Pairings:

Brie & Strawberry Jam on French Baguette
Smoked Salmon and Cream Cheese with Dill on French Baguette

Wine:

Risata Sparkling Rosé

Crisp sparkling wine with aromas of strawberry, raspberry and delicate floral notes.

Food Pairings:

85% Dark Chocolate 
Chocolate Sugar Cookies made with coconut oil

Holiday Appetizers | Thanksgiving Appetizers, Christmas Appetizers | Louella Reese
Butternut Squash Flatbread, Fall Flatbread | Louella Reese
Holiday Appetizers | Thanksgiving Appetizers, Christmas Appetizers | Louella Reese
Holiday Appetizers | Thanksgiving Appetizers, Christmas Appetizers | Louella Reese
Holiday Appetizers | Thanksgiving Appetizers, Christmas Appetizers | Louella Reese
Holiday Appetizer Ideas | Holiday Wine and Food Pairings | Louella Reese

The holidays is the perfect opportunity to gather with friends and family to break bread and enjoy some delicious wine! The holiday season is after all, all about celebrating and enjoying time with those closest to you. 

So my recommendation, grab a couple of bottles of Risata Wines and whip up a few of the above appetizers (and sweet treats). I recommend Risata Wines as they are one of my absolute favorites! If you’ve followed Louella Reese for some time there’s a pretty great chance you’ve seen several posts featuring the brand. Most recently, a rosé inspired & filled spring brunch featuring their fabulous sparkling rosé. Which happens to be my personal favorite! While Joshua loves the Red Moscato seen in today’s post as well. 

If you come to the Elliott’s, there’s a good chance you’ll find at least one bottle of Risata Wines on our bar. Most likely two to three!

Holiday Wine and Food Pairings with Risata Wines | Holiday Hosting | Louella Reese
Spiced Nuts | Holiday Appetizers | Louella Reese
Holiday Appetizer Ideas | Holiday Wine and Food Pairings | Louella Reese

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Thank you to Risata Wines for sponsoring this post. Thank you for supporting the brands that make Louella Reese happen. All views and opinions are of course my own!

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24 Comments

  1. Lizzie wrote:

    I can’t believe Thanksgiving is only two weeks away!! You are seriously the cutest little hostess 🙂 Such a helpful post! I’m a rosé girl but I would honestly try any of these recommendations.

    Lizzie
    http://www.lizzieinlace.com

    Posted 11.12.19 Reply
    • With you gal! Time is flying but I am also so excited for the season. You are so sweet 🙂 thank you – I appreciate that lots. Thrilled to hear you found the post to be helpful. Risata’s Sparkling Rosé is absolutely wonderful and the dark chocolate + chocolate sugar cookies taste so yummy with it!

      xo Laura Leigh

      Posted 11.12.19 Reply
  2. Megan wrote:

    Wow! How cute is this?! It all looks and sounds so yummy! I need to prepare all this myself!

    Posted 11.12.19 Reply
  3. Candace wrote:

    These photos are GORGEOUS! You are holiday party ready! Risata wines really are delicious, and you cannot beat the price!

    Posted 11.12.19 Reply
    • Thank you so much Candace! Appreciate that lots gal 🙂 100% agree with you on that about Risata!

      xo Laura Leigh

      Posted 11.13.19 Reply
  4. Rachel wrote:

    I cannot believe it’s already mid-November! This year is flying by! All of these wines sound delicious, can’t wait to give them a try!

    Rachel
    http://www.hello-her.com

    Posted 11.12.19 Reply
  5. Stephanie wrote:

    Ooooh I’ve yet to try this brand of wine, but now I’m excited to add it to my shopping list for my next gathering (or girls’ night). All these pairings sound truly delicious!

    Posted 11.12.19 Reply
  6. Lee wrote:

    What a great post! I love these pairings so much – so great for all the upcoming get togethers over the holidays. I really want to try that sparkling Rose!

    Posted 11.12.19 Reply
    • Aw thank you Lee 🙂 appreciate that lots! Definitely agree – a little something to satisfy everyone on your guest list.

      xo Laura Leigh

      Posted 11.13.19 Reply
  7. This is perfect for all of my holiday get togethers or a fun girls night in! Thanks for sharing xoxo sarah

    Posted 11.12.19 Reply
  8. Kileen wrote:

    What an awesome post to have a great dinner party! Thanksgiving is so close and this post is really helpful!

    Kileen
    cute & little

    Posted 11.13.19 Reply
    • Aw thank you 🙂 thrilled to hear you found the post to be a good resource for your Thanksgiving celebrations.

      xo Laura Leigh

      Posted 11.13.19 Reply
  9. Annie wrote:

    Your kitchen is SO gorgeous – what a dream! I love exploring new food and wine pairings, and these look fantastic! Thank you for the suggestions!

    Posted 11.13.19 Reply
    • Aw thank you so much Annie! Definitely one of our favorite spaces in our home. Of course – thank you for reading 🙂

      xo Laura Leigh

      Posted 11.13.19 Reply
  10. Marlene wrote:

    This looks delightful! You always have the best spreads and such great ideas. I’ll have to try some of these pairings for the holidays!

    Posted 11.13.19 Reply
    • Aw thank you Marlene 🙂 I really appreciate that! Please let me know what you think if you do!

      xo Laura Leigh

      Posted 11.14.19 Reply
  11. DTK Austin wrote:

    This looks like such a fun little party! I love the pairings and set up that you did!

    Posted 11.15.19 Reply
  12. Morgan wrote:

    You know I would be all over that rose and chocolate pairing!! Also, can we talk about how cute your outfit is?!

    -Morgan
    How 2 Wear It [] http://how2wearit.com

    Posted 11.18.19 Reply