Wines for Your New Year’s Celebration

2016 new years eve party

In just a few days, we’ll count down the last minutes of 2015 and usher in 2016! The New Year brings a fresh start and a chance to celebrate and reflect with your nearest and dearest. To kick start the new year, here are some Dry Creek Valley wine pairings for the festivities.

Dinner Party Wine

hors douevres cheese plate charcuterie

A New Year’s dinner party is not complete without delicious hors d’oeuvres! A rich, spicy white wine like viognier is just the right white for winter and will compliment a range of cheeses, charcuterie, and everything from smoked salmon to lamb meatballs.

Try: Trattore Viognier, Mounts Viognier, Vineyard of Pasterick Viognier

Steak Wine

steak with garlic and vegetables

Whether you’re headed to a restaurant or hosting your own dinner party, New Year’s Eve gives you an opportunity to open up something special from your cellar. A Dry Creek Valley cabernet sauvignon or Bordeaux-style blend with a bit of age will give your dinner an unforgettable wow-factor. Don’t have a cellar? Many of our wineries sell library vintages in the tasting room.

Try: Collier Falls Hillside Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, Dry Creek Vineyard The Mariner, Peterson Winery Bradford Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon.

Wine for a Midnight Toast
champagne sparkling wine cheers party celebration

Some occasions call for a classic wine pairing, and bubbles for the ball drop is one we wouldn’t dare dispute. The exhilaration of the countdown, noisemakers, and party hats beg to be paired with the effervescence of fun, delicious bubbly. Get the corks popping!

Try: Amista Sparkling Blanc de Blanc, Amista Sparkling Grenache

Wines to drink with holiday sweets 

chocolate and dessert wine pairing

New Year’s Eve or New Year’s Day are great times to pull out any remaining cookies you made for holidays or chocolates from your stocking. We couldn’t be more enthusiastic about a pairing than we are about dark chocolate and a decadent late harvest zinfandel.

Try: Bella Vineyards Late Harvest Zinfandel, Fritz Winery Late Harvest Zinfandel