Kwanzaa Wine Pairings 2022

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Kwanzaa is a celebration of family, community, and culture. Owing to its Swahili name, meaning “first fruits of the harvest” the week-long festivities all come together for a delicious feast to round out the holiday. There’s no shortage of traditional dishes to eat, and there’s plenty to go around.

Whether you’re coming up with a menu for the upcoming Karamu or attending as a guest, we’ve got the bottle pairings for this year’s harvest.

To pair with Catfish, Collards, and Mac & Cheese:
The Banyan Gewurztraminer ($16) or Blenheim Gruner ($25) match up to the combo of acidity, richness and creaminess. Spiced, ripe fruit notes.

For Jerk Chicken or Gumbo:
Vigne de Alice M Fondo ($22) is a sparkling red with a pop of tartness and tons of flavor.
Bojo Do Luar deu Bode ($19) Cherry, cranberries and flowers let this light Portuguese red hang with the spices (and it does well served chilled, if you prefer).

Perfect pairings for sweet potato pie:
Boundary Breaks Riesling Ice Wine ($66) brings crisp, dry flavors of apricot, tangerine and honey.
Chateau la Clotte-Cazalis Sauternes ($37) One of the world’s most famous dessert wines. Created by two women winemakers (and kosher to boot)!

Ate too much?:
Faccia Brutto Fernet Pianta ($46) has your back. The soothing mix of botanicals act as a perfect digestif after a delicious feast.