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Local sommelier shares wine pairings, appetizers for the holidays

Posted November 23, 2021 8:40 a.m. EST
Updated November 23, 2021 8:41 a.m. EST

Cranberry & Asiago Cheese Crisps (Inez Ribustello )

— Trying to come up with some great ideas for holiday appetizers and wine pairings? We asked Tarboro restaurant and brewery owner and sommelier Inez Ribustello for her suggestions for a great party.

Here are her picks:

Pear and Sausage Stuffing Cups with California Zinfandel - California Zin is a delicious pairing for many rich, meaty dishes, but I particularly love it when spicy sausage is in the mix; the brambleberry and blackberry notes followed by hints of anise always help a savory stuffing pop, especially when served as an hors d'oeuvre in muffin cups.

Turkey and Gravy Sandwiches with Austrian Gruner Veltliner - Crisp, tart, fresh whites are always a favorite of mine, and when you get the lime zest and white pepper flavors of Austrian Gruner, you get a heavenly match with Turkey and Gravy Sandwiches. Cut them in the shape of your favorite cookie cutter, and everyone gets a chance to enjoy a classic.

Gougeres with Sparkling Rose - Light, airy cheese puffs (traditionally made with gruyere cheese) are the perfect pop-in-your-mouth and pairing them with a sparkling Rose brings all the flavors into a clear focus. Favorite sparkling rose of mine is normally a Cava Rose from Spain.

Cranberry and Asiago Cheese Crisps with LBV Port - My mother-in-law makes these year round, and they never last long wherever she brings them. Taking a small desert glass of LBV port just accentuates the flavors of the cranberries and the Asiago.

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