5 Amazing Wine & Appetizer Pairings for the Holidays

Wine and appetizer pairings for the holidays


The holidays, among the twinkling lights and shiny packages is the ever present gathering of friends and family. You will find a gift from our family to yours with our 5 most scrumptious wine and appetizer pairings for your next holiday party.And get ready for our Exclusive Wine Specials this Holiday Season—prepare for surprises, discounts, and a wink of festive cheer. Get ready to savor every sip and bite!

Wine Friendly Recipes

Food: Bacon-wrapped and Rose Wine

Wine: Pigoudet Rose "Premiere" Coteaux d'Aix en Provence (2020)

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour

Serving: 3 dozen


Cranberry Bacon-Wrapped Water Chestnuts. The crunch of the water chestnut, saltiness of the bacon mixed with the tart of the cranberry makes for the quintessential holiday appetizer. Serve steaming hot or room temperature.


Now, let's talk wine. The  Pigoudet Rose "Premiere" Coteaux d'Aix en Provence 2020 is a fresh blend with expressive aromas of citrus, white peach, and leech. The result? A perfect palette (and palate!) quencher that complements the tantalizing dance of flavors in this tart and savory appetizer. 


Pigoudet Rose "Premiere" Coteaux d'Aix en Provence 2020 France , Provence, Humanity Wine Co. wine


(Valid Until 12/31/2023)



We always use Inspired by Charm’s recipe for this holiday appetizer. Below are the ingredients you will need and the directions to make this perfect food and wine pairing.



bacon wrapped appetizers paired with wine


  • 1.5 pounds thick-cut bacon slices cut in half
  • 2 cans (8 ounces) whole water chestnuts
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup chili sauce
  • 1 cup fresh cranberries - whole and halved
  • Toothpicks
    • Begin by preheating your oven to 350 degrees F.
    • Wrap each water chestnut with a half strip of bacon. Insert a toothpick through the center with the seam-side down. Place in a baking dish. Continue wrapping all the water chestnuts, creating a single layer in your baking dish.
    • Bake in a preheated oven for 30 minutes or until the bacon is cooked. Drain off the grease. Be careful when doing this because the pan and grease will be extremely hot.
    • In a medium bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise, brown sugar, chili sauce, and cranberries. (For the cranberries, I like a mix of whole cranberries and cranberries that I’ve sliced in half.)
    • Pour the sauce over the bacon-wrapped water chestnuts. Return to the oven and bake for another 30 minutes. Serve warm.





    This wine is a pale pink and not only pairs perfectly with this holiday appetizer, it also looks beautiful when placed side by side. Aromas and flavors of raspberry, strawberry, and grapefruit how very good clarity and energy. Finishes taut and minerally, with an echo of lime zest.


    Serve the Cranberry Bacon-Wrapped Water Chestnuts warm and the Rose chilled. This is a great first course to any holiday wine party or better yet to your next wine pairing party. If you are throwing a Fall or Holiday wine party read our latest blog post on how to host the ultimate wine pairing party, inclusive of a 5 course food and wine pairing menu.

    Hanukkah Approved Appetizer

    Food: Potato and Parsnip Latkes

    Wine: Fortant de France Cabernet Sauvignon (2019)

    Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes

    Serving: 8


    Our Jewish brothers and sisters know how to make wine friendly recipes. Afterall, it is Jesus who turned water into wine. Our next wine and appetizer pairing is a Potato and Parsnip Latkes. Latkes are a Hanukkah party favorite. These parsnip infused latkes provide not only a simple and delicious vegetarian party food option but an appetizer that is on the heartier side.



    hanukkah appetizers



    Offer a side of cinnamon applesauce or dill infused sour cream for a little extra touch of holiday indulgence. We suggest pairing this delicious appetizer with the Fortant de France Cabernet Sauvignon 2019. A satisfying, juicy cabernet with blueberry and violet character, round and delectable on the palate with lovely flavours of freshly picked black fruit. This bottle is meant to be served chilled a little not too cold but not a toasty room temperature either.  


    Fortant de France Cabernet Sauvignon 2019 France , Pays d'Oc, Southern France, Humanity Wine Co. wine




    (Valid Until 12/31/2023)


    We absolutely love the Country Living’s take on the classic Jewish recipe.




    • 2 large eggs, whisked
    • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
    • 1 1/4 lb. russet potatoes, peeled
    • 3/4 lb. parsnips, peeled
    • 1 large onion
    • 1/2 c. matzo meal
    • 12 tbsp. canola oil, for frying
    • Sour cream and applesauce, for serving



      1. Preheat the oven to 250°F. Place a wire rack on a rimmed baking sheet. Place eggs in a bowl. Season with salt and pepper.
      2. Grate potatoes, parsnips, and onion with a food processor or box grater. Add vegetables and matzo meal to eggs and toss to combine.
      3. Heat 3 tablespoons oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Drop 4 (1/4-cup) spoonfuls of potato mixture into skillet; flatten to create even pancakes. Cook, turning once, until browned, 8 to 12 minutes; transfer to a prepared baking sheet and keep warm in the oven. Repeat with remaining potato mixture, adding more oil to the skillet as needed (when getting near the end of the potato mixture, strain and discard any liquid at bottom of the bowl).
      4. Serve with sour cream and applesauce alongside.


        Holiday Comfort Food Southern Style

        Food: Pimiento Cheese Dip

        Wine: Finca Piedra Infinita (2015)

        Prep Time: 5 minutes

        Cook Time: 25 minutes

        Serving: 8


        A southern holiday staple, this luscious dip filled with three kinds of cheese and spicy pimiento peppers is served with veggies, pita or sturdy chips. Also great on buttery crackers with accoutrement of thin radish slices or bacon chunks.



        Finca Piedra Infinita 2015 Argentina , Uco Valley, Mendoza, Humanity Wine Co. wines


        (Valid Until 12/31/2023)

        Pair this rich dip with the fully bodied and deep flavor Finca Piedra Infinita (2015). Sourced from Mendoza's high altitude Uco Valley, this blend is meant to showcase the cool climate style of Malbec. Intense floral aromatics, dark fruit flavors, rich texture and a bright, long finish. Many might feel an urge to pair this cheese appetizer with a white wine but trust us, once you combine these flavors you understand how we feel.


        Cheese and wine pairings



        The pimiento cheese dip recipe that we use during the holiday season and sometimes make during the cool Spring wine nights we host, comes from Woman’s Day.



        • 1 package reduced-fat cream cheese
        • 1/2 c. low-fat sour cream
        • 2 tbsp. fresh lemon juice
        • kosher salt
        • Pepper
        • 1 jar pimientos or roasted red peppers
        • 6 oz. sharp orange Cheddar
        • 6 oz. pepper Jack cheese
        • 2 scallions
        • Potato chips
        • Pita chips
        • Celery sticks



          1. Heat oven to 425 degrees F. In a large bowl, whisk together the cream cheese, sour cream, lemon juice, and 1/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper. Fold in the pimientos, Cheddar, Jack cheese, and scallions.
          2. Transfer the mixture to a shallow 2-cup baking dish and bake until bubbling and light golden brown, 15 to 18 minutes. Serve with chips and celery, if desired.


            The Ambitious Cook’s Holiday Appetizer

            Food: Herbed Cheese Filled Gougeres Croquembouche

            Wine: Figure Libre Cab Franc 2019



            Decidedly easier to eat than to pronounce, these puff pastries are normally found in an artistically spirited tower filled with a sweet pastry cream laced with caramel. This savory twist adds rich gruyere to the pastry, trades the filling for herbed cheese and spikes the caramel drizzle with coarse black pepper.  


            wine and appetizer pairing

            Photo by Chelsie Craig, Food Styling by Kate Buckens 



            Keep up the glamour of this dish with a surprisingly lavish bottle of Figure Libre Cab Franc 2019. This 100% Cabernet Franc varietal is opaque in appearance perfumed with fragrant black cherry, cassis and spice with countless layers of flavor including blackcurrant, cedar and graphite. Dense fruit on the palate is bound by a structure of fine grained tannins and a lively acidity. This wine shows great depth and character and yet is refined with a long, elegant finish. An elegant and mature French 100% cab that will drink well for years to come.


             Figure Libre Cab Franc 2019 France, Vin de Pays, Southern Rhone, Humanity Wine Co. wine



            This holiday appetizer is one of our favorites and fanciest. If you are up for trying your hand at this masterpiece, you will find all the details at Bon Appétit. They give the fullest expression of what is needed to recreate this savory show stopper. This one is sure to make an impression on your guests at your next holiday wine party.


            A Classic Holiday Appetizer

            Food: Shrimp Cocktail

            Wine: Tyrrell's Hunter Valley Semillon (2019)

            Prep Time: 5

            Cook Time: 5

            Serving: Make as much as you need



            Classic holiday appetizer shrimp cocktail



            The all time classic shrimp cocktail has made its way onto this list. We cannot help but love this dish. It is simple, easy and absolutely delicious to eat and enjoy with a bright and fun white wine. Furthermore, we just gave you an extremely hard dish to try, we had to follow up with something that everyone can do no matter the ‘foodie’ level.


            We recommend you pair this classic appetizer with the white wine Tyrrell's Hunter Valley Semillon (2019) from Australia. This is a young, fresh white wine with the characteristic bright acidity and aromas of concentrated grapefruit. This Australian Semillon wine is light and delicate, lovely on its own to sip on as you wait for your guests to arrive. A terrific seafood wine, it also pairs particularly well with salty, fattier dishes like linguini with clams or broiled oysters.



            Tyrrell's Hunter Valley Semillon 2019, Humanity Wine Co. wine



            This simple light dish tosses fresh shrimp in with the best homemade cocktail sauce you have ever had.  The nice thing is that you can make the shrimp cocktail sauce in advance, buy delicious, frozen shrimps and in a few minutes you have a party favorite appetizer.



            • Ketchup
            • Fresh lemon juice
            • Worcestershire sauce
            • Prepared horseradish
            • Minced garlic
            • Hot sauce (optional)



              1. In a small bowl mix together the ketchup, lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, and minced garlic.
              2. Mix in prepared horseradish, tasting and adding more if desired. If you like, add a dash or two of hot sauce for an extra spicy kick.
              3. Serve immediately, or store in an airtight container in the refrigerator until ready to enjoy.


                Well there you have it ladies and gentlemen, our top five favorite, delicious wine and appetizer pairings. To purchase a case of any of the wines listed above please shop at the only online wine retailer that donates 50% of its net revenues back to charity, Humanity Wine Co. When you purchase more than a case of wine we throw in an extra bonus for you. If you have any questions at all please reach out to our team, Hello@humanitywineco.com


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