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11/03/2015 04:17AM ● Published by Family Features

As the season of giving approaches, you can provide the perfect wine pairing for your holiday meal. Show your thoughtful spirit and good taste by offering up a great bottle of wine as a gift to show your appreciation.

Wine, which makes a great holiday gift, can be served with your own holiday spread to make the feast extra special. The following pairing suggestions are perfect for any occasion:

Chardonnay: A fruity, rich and versatile white wine with a round mouthfeel, Chardonnay – such as O Wines’ 2011 Chardonnay, which is steel-tank fermented – is a great food wine that can be easily paired with seafood, chicken, pasta or cheese.

Riesling: Made dry orsweet, with intense fruit flavors of green apple, pear and lime, Riesling is a crisp, clean white wine that is lighter than Chardonnay and pairs nicely with spicy foods, poultry and pork.

Pinot Grigio: Simple, light-bodied, dry and crisp, Pinot Grigio, also known as Pinot Gris, is a white wine that most often accompanies seafood, pasta, vegetarian dishes or chicken.

Merlot: A soft, supple red wine with nice fruit flavors of plums and blackberries – and occasionally mint, chocolate and eucalyptus – Merlot goes well with meat dishes such as beef and lamb.

Cabernet Sauvignon: A more assertive red wine than merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon can have flavors of blackberries, plums, black currants and cassis, and also pairs well with hearty meat dishes.

Syrah: Sometimes known as Shiraz, Syrah is a very versatile, spicy, rich, darkly delicious red wine that pairs well with a wide variety of foods, including grilled meats.

Another popular wine trend is blends, which combine the best of several varietals for a unique and complex flavor. For example, O Wines’ 2010 Red Wine, which is aged for 22 months in oak barrels, is a rich, flavorful blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah that pairs well with hearty pastas, grilled burgers, pizza and meat skewers.

Not just a delicious accompaniment on your holiday table, some wines help invoke a sense of charity and holiday spirit of giving a gift that gives back.

Sourced from vineyards in Washington State’s Columbia Valley, O Wines – the O represents opportunity – provides college scholarships to low-income, capable young women so they can achieve their greatest potential through education.

“The mission of O Wines is to give young women the confidence and opportunity to succeed and improve their lives through the power education,” said Stacy Lill, O Wines founder.  

Each purchase of the 2011 Chardonnay or 2010 Red Blend helps send young women to college through the O Wines Opportunity for Success Scholarship program. Since 2008, O Wines has raised more than $300,000 and awarded 53 college scholarships. Most of the scholarship recipients are the first members of their families to attend college.

For more information on O Wines and how to contribute to the college scholarship program, visit

Photo courtesy of Getty Images (couples toasting with wine glasses)

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