As the holidays quickly approach, one of the first things on busy agendas is the holiday meal. This year as the turkey, dressing, sides, and desserts are prepared, consider what wines could be served to make the holiday meal complete. Alabama Mountain Lakes Tourist Association was instrumental in creating the Alabama Wine Trail, and there are several family operated wineries across the state that offer delicious wines made on-site. Below are North Alabama wineries and their holiday food pairings:

Jules J. Berta Vineyards in Albertville recommends the Sylvaner, its best-selling wine, for those who like a dry, white wine. It is similar to a Reisling or Margarita wine. The Red Merlot, which is Alabama’s only Merlot, is a great pair with ham, and the apples used in the making of this wine come from Arab. Finally, for those who prefer a sweeter wine, Jules J. Berta has a cranberry wine, which is muscadine-based, and an apple wine that would both be delicious paired with turkey and dressing.

To make your holiday meal even more spectacular you need the perfect wine.Maraella Winery, in Hokes Bluff, recommends their award winning 2015 Riesling. The taste is citrus-driven with crisp green apple and lime flavors with a subtle nuttiness. Crisp and refreshing, it would pair wonderfully with your holiday turkey. Riesling is an amazing food-friendly drink that appeals to a wide variety of tastes. Our award winning 2014 Cabernet Sauvignonhas an aroma of blackberry, blueberry and pecan with hints of honeysuckle and dark chocolate to seduce and intrigue. The palate is inviting and silky, with a vivid core of Romanian oak that defines every sip, balanced by a backbone of acidity and a smooth tannin structure. Cabernet Sauvignon pairs especially well with dishes with rich gravies, whipped sweet potatoes, and roast beef.

Wills Creek Winery in Attalla recommends several wines perfect for holiday meals. Sunset Rose White Merlot, a blush wine, offers all the essence of a fine Merlot but with the freshness and softness that comes from juice and is incredibly fruity. Another good holiday wine is theAutumn Blush. This wineis a blend of the Scupperdyme and Ruby Red juices and is generally sweeter than the individual choices. It picks the best characteristics of both wines and is the favorite sweet wine choice of the winemaker. The Ruby Red, which is a heftier red, is a sweeter wine made from red muscadines fermented on the hulls. Its sweetness is a favorite of the southern customers who prefer it to the dry wines. Its deep color matches its

The FruithurstWinery recommends its popular St. Nick’s Spiced Wine to be served with turkey and ham. This best-seller is a semi-sweet red wine spiced with cherries, almonds, ginger, cinnamon, and touch of honey. Angie at Fruithurst says she serves this every year at the holidays, and it goes perfectly with everything. Another big seller is the Fruithurst Gem, which uses Carlos muscadines and goes well with desserts. Fruithurst also has many fruit wines that are desserts in themselves: peach, strawberry, and blueberry.

HighCountryCellers’ Red Muscadine for the holiday meal as well as its holiday special Cranberry, which is a sweet wine that is always a favorite during the holidays. Its best-seller Skeeter Piss is sure to be a favorite around the dinner table and is made from a combination of fruits. High Country also offers the Black & Blue, which is a blackberry and blueberry mixed wine, that would be perfect for those holiday desserts.

WhiteOakWinery makes the only sparkling white muscadines in the state of Alabama, which would be perfect paired with dessert. The Norton, also known as the Cabernet of the South, is a rich, smooth, elegant wine from native varietal and the Chardonel, which is a premium white that is crisp, dry but fruity, and lightly oaked that pairs well with turkey or ham. White Oak also offers several delicious fruit wines: blueberry, blackberry, and peach.

Morgan Creek Vineyard in Harpersville suggests that sweet tea drinkers try its Carlos wine, which is a sweet wine that is aromatic and sweet/spicy. Almost lightly honeyed, beexwax, pear nectar and a hint of nutmeg characterize this wine. Also, for the person who prefers red, the Regal Red is a sweet muscadine wine with an aromatic cherry nose and candied fruits. It is round with fruitcake, spice notes, and a touch of floral roses. Either of these two wines is sure to please guests. Morgan Creek wines can be found in grocery stores across North

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