fbpx

Holiday Wine Pairings

Kwanzaa Feast

Hosting a Kwanzaa dinner? Here are a few classic dishes with suggested wine pairings to maximize flavor and add to the celebration.

Inspired by African, Caribbean, and Southern cuisines, the flavors of Kwanzaa are nostalgic and hearty. While there are no hard and fast rules around what to serve, this time of year our minds immediately go to some of our favorite soul foods– everything crunchy, crispy, and warming. The following menu brings comfort food effortlessly together with complementary wines.

Host’s Note: If you’re serving dinner buffet- or family-style, feel free to uncork and put all the wines on the table at dinner. Let your guests try each wine and discover their favorite pairings. For a more curated approach, you might serve the Malvasia as a cocktail wine, and pour the Grüner into glasses before guests are seated. Have the Grenache open and ready to pour.

Featured wines

Fifth Moon Malvasia Bianca
Fifth Moon Grüner Veltliner
Hundred Knot Grenache


Kwanzaa Menu

Chicken, Shrimp & Sausage Gumbo
Easy Vegan Mac N Cheese
Collard Greens & Cornbread
Jerk Chicken

A bowl of gumbo with shrimp

Chicken, Shrimp & Sausage Gumbo

from africanbites.com

The beautiful thing about this classic Southern dish is that it will infuse your kitchen (and beyond) with intoxicating aromas. Make it with crab legs for extra decadence, or skip them and it will still turn out fantastic. Impressive and only uses one pot!

Try it with Malvasia Bianca

Malvasia is a dream with seafood and dishes with a little kick so this is a match made in heaven.

GET THE WINE | GET THE RECIPE

Mac and cheese on the table for Kwanzaa dinner.

Easy Vegan Mac N Cheese

from makeitdairyfree.com

If you’re having a crowd, it’s nice to accommodate dietary restrictions and preferences without making multiple versions of a dish. Mac & cheese is satisfying on its own and this version is not only vegan, but it’s easy, as the name implies.

Try it with Malvasia Bianca or Grüner Veltliner

The rich creaminess of this dish pairs beautifully with the acidity and minerality of both the Malvasia and the Grüner.

GET THE WINE | GET THE RECIPE

Collard greens ingredients on cutting board

Collard Greens & Cornbread

from thekitchn.com

Collard greens add vibrant color to the table, while the cornbread is, well, a must-have on the side. Prep the greens and vinaigrette the day before.

Try it with Malvasia Bianca or Grüner Veltliner

Malvasia has delightful stone fruit and floral notes that will be a lovely complement to the slight bitterness of the greens. The Grüner’s cleansing acidity pairs with a range of vegetables and collard greens are no exception. Another notoriously difficult veggie to pair with wine? Okra! Give it a try with the Grüner as well. We think you’ll be surprised.

GET THE WINE | GET THE RECIPE

Jerk chicken in a bowl with red wine for Kwanzaa.

Jerk Chicken

from originalflava.com

This is a put-all-the-ingredients-in-a-blender kind of recipe, so it’s pretty low maintenance. Just be sure to start the night before to let the marinade do its job overnight. Day of, just pull the meat out and grill. Couldn’t be simpler.

Try it with Grenache

The red fruit, pepper, and chocolate notes inherent in this wine play right into the signature spices of jerk chicken.

GET THE WINE | GET THE RECIPE

Shop the Set

A ready-to-go trio that perfectly pairs with Kwanzaa celebration dishes.

Napa wines kwanza