12 Days of Christmas Wine Pairings

The 12 Days of Christmas List Items

So the 12 Days of Christmas song is one of the longest songs for children to try to learn around the world. It is so easy to get tongue tied and let’s admit it, we get a bit thirsty so I am taking a fun turn on these 12 days and pairing them with our Exclusive Labelled Wine Club wines.

12 days of Christmas
  • Day 1: A partridge in a pear tree
  • Day 2: Two turtle doves
  • Day 3: Three French hens
  • Day 4: Four calling birds
  • Day 5: Five golden rings
  • Day 6: Six geese a-laying
  • Day 7: Seven swans a-swimming
  • Day 8: Eight maids a-milking
  • Day 9: Nine ladies dancing
  • Day 10: Ten lords a-leaping
  • Day 11: Eleven pipers piping
  • Day 12: Twelve drummers drumming

Day 1 – A Partridge in a Pear Tree

When I think of a partridge in a pear tree, I can’t help but think of a great roasted partridge bacon wrapped because bacon makes everything better. In addition, you can throw in some fresh roasted pears and you have a perfect pairing for our Light and refreshing Tanya Pinot Grigio. With hints of pear and citrus, the aromas of this meal just bring a smile to ones face, even if they’ve never had partridge before. Our Pinot Grigio is a much sought after wine every vintage and goes quickly. One thing you will notice is that our labels have real people tied to them. The Tanya is no exception. Want to learn more about our club? I invite you to visit my page on our Fine Wines.

Day 2 – Two Turtle Doves

As I stated above, I am taking my own little twist with the items in the 12 Days of Christmas and when I think of Turtle, I think Pecans and carmel, so here’s my twist on Two Turtle Doves. Two sugar cookies that are Dove shaped with Dove chocolate candies, melted down and drizzled on the tail of the dove. Then take some liquid caramel (homemade or jar, either works) and place a good amount more on the body of the bird. Finally place a couple whole pecans over both and let harden up.

You can even get more creative with the chocolate and dip the pecans in the chocolate before placing on the caramel. The sweet sugar cookie with the sweets on top, tell me that the amazing wine for this is our Discoveries Moscato! If you have any left from the summer shipments, enjoy these flavors together! If you don’t or aren’t in our exclusive wine club yet to get your own, better sign up here!

Day 3: Three French Hens

I will admittedly state that while I am not keen on most french foods (unless it is French Fries), I do love a great cooked chicken – aka hen. So for this day, I highly recommend Brazilian Chicken Stroganoff: Restaurant Quality Recipe. So much so that I wrote a page exclusively on its own because it is just so yummy! We initially paired it with a white table wine, but basing it on our current labels and varietals, I feel our More Than Muse Chardonnay would really enhance the incredible creamy buttery flavors of this recipe. Try it and let me know your preferences!

Day 4: Four Calling Birds

Okay so what the heck are “Calling Birds”? I went to Google for this help and found that sometimes they are referring to canaries and other times black birds or crows, neither of which make a good recipe to share with friends. Google was so extremely helpful that I came across a really yummy sounding recipe. What’s more is that it is a Christmas type of recipe. So stay with me here.

I thought a bit about the blackbirds cawing while they traipse the yard and eat berries and nuts. Well Google suggests a recipe of a food I have personally never heard of before, Four Calling Birds Ebelskivers. So just what are Ebelskivers? They are a Danish recipe and are essentially stuffed pancakes. It appears that everyone can pick their own preference of filling but in this recipe it is blackberries. It does require a special Ebelskiver pan but given the fruity filling, I think one of our Sparkling wines would pair amazingly with the meal, which can actually be Breakfast, Lunch or Dinner. Enjoy!

Day 5: Five Golden Rings

Here we are, 5 days in on the 12 Days of Christmas and already at jewelry, or are we? Think about it a moment, what foods are golden and rings? We have Onion Rings, Calamari, bagels, donuts and Good ole reliable Cheerios. Out of these 5 types of rings, I’m thinking that the Onion Rings and Deep-fried Calamari are going to win out with wine the best. Given that Calamari is a seafood and Onion Rings are truly a vegetable, I feel a Sauvignon Blanc, specifically our More Than Muse Sauvignon Blanc is a perfect choice for these hors de Oevres. The reason is not so much the inside of the ring, but the batter outside is also light and crispy despite the fried aspect. Hmmm, I know they do beer batter, but I wonder if anyone has done wine batter…It may be time for some additional creativity and experiments!

Six Geese a-Laying

Growing up in Minnesota, geese are not a nice animal and while Roasted Goose sounds great for a holiday table, they are “a-laying” eggs and we’ve not done a egg recipe yet. One Christmas tradition we do in our home is Egg Bake, we use my mom’s recipe and always made 2 batches for the 8-9 people gathering at my parents’ home on Christmas morning. In fact, in 2010, when my Dad passed on December 20, we went into his refrigerator to see what foods we needed to use or dispose of and every single ingredient for that Egg Bake for Christmas morning was there. My brother and I decided that while our Christmas tradition would be different that year, we would still make the Egg Bake. It was our Christmas Eve dinner after my niece’s amazing Christmas Eve Choir performance at church.

Christmas is about traditions, creating new and honoring old and making Magic. Start your traditions with this recipe and include a bottle of Nile Eddy Pinot Noir. With all the sausage and bacon in this recipe, this wine has the perfect blend of aromas to enhance this meal and you will make Wine Magic. Cheers!

Halfway Point for the 12 Days of Christmas

12 Days of Christmas tree

Thank you so much for reading this light-hearted article. I hope it causes you to smile, enjoy your family and even create new lasting memories with everyone you celebrate the holidays with. I want to quickly share that the holidays have changed for our family over the years. Growing up in Southern Minnesota, we would typically do Christmas Eve at Grandma & Grandpa Spotts’ house with my mom’s siblings and families, then Christmas morning we would open gifts just the 4 of us. Sometimes we would gather with the Hoehn side, but given that my Dad was 1 of 10, and there were over 40 of us grandkids spread out from 1949 to 1978 we quickly outgrew any homes. Also, given that Grandpa Hoehn’s birthday was December 26, many times we would be there that day celebrating.

After David & I started our own family, we now had to do what others before us had done, figure out the best way to create our own family traditions and still honor the earlier ones. There were many more miles between the families now, but we made it work. Christmas Eve would be at my parents with Crockpot Soups/Chilis and hors de Oevres, Christmas morning Egg Bake, and open gifts; then hit the road for gathering with David’s family. Now our latest tradition is staying home in Texas and family comes to visit us. I still do the Egg Bake.

Day 7: Seven Swans a-swimming

Ok so considering a meal around such a beautiful creature and knowing they mate for life…where is Swan #8? Not on my kitchen table, besides Christmas is more than just for the birds (at mealtimes). More importantly is understanding what the 7 swans represent in the song itself. It is the 7 gifts of the Holy Spirit: Prophesy, service, teaching, encouraging, giving, leadership & mercy. So for this I say we offer up a toast with whatever Fine Wine is in our glass and give Gratitude for this Holiday and acknowledge it for its true meaning.

Day 8: Eight maids a-milking

Day 8 of the 12 Days of Christmas with eight maids a-milking, must mean we are ready for desert made from milk… ICE CREAM! Have you ever had a Red Wine Float? Start with real Vanilla Ice Cream, the kind with vanilla beans in it, then add a brilliant Red Wine. We have so many to choose from! If you are going to shave some ribbons of decadent Dark Chocolate on top of it, then I must insist you try it with the Ricord Merlot. However the Nile Eddy Pinot Noir or the Adele Red Zinfandel are great choices too! Oh dang! May have to do one of each and decide for yourself on this one!

Day 9: Nine ladies dancing

Alright ladies, perhaps one of each of the Red Wine Floats was a bit much. Be careful out their dancing like you are and stay off the tables! But while you are up and about, raise your glasses high and toast yourselves for being you with some of our Donna Walker Cabernet Sauvignon! Perhaps grab a bottle and dance your way to the beach just like the label is enticing you to do.

Day 10: Ten lords a-leaping

Gentlemen! Gentlemen! Really? You had to one up the Ladies? Aye Aye Aye! Let’s all sit and relax for a bit and get ready for our main course. I hear the band is starting up again. Speaking of leaping, the popcorn is fresh and ready for you to grab a handfull with our Freedom Chardonnay.

Day 11: Eleven Pipers piping

Well, here we go, some real amazing food. Piping hot. Straight from the oven. Wait, errr, the men are retreating to the Living Room to enjoy their Pipes and Cigars while the main course continues to cook? Well, ok, grab a glass of the Deanna Malbec.

Day 12: Twelve Drummers drumming

And finally, day 12 of this chaos. Let’s see what the drummers are asking for? Oh! I see Drumsticks of Chicken and Turkey. Lots of different BBQ flavors, some are even bacon-wrapped. Oh goodness what a smorgasbord! Oh wait! what else do I see? We have a Tomahawk steak, Filet Mignon, Sirloin with brazilian seasonings, and many more booming flavors of meats. Where ARE we? And look! it’s our NEWEST Wine Label for 2023! What an incredible and amazing wine. It’s now my favorite! The Linda Horn Cabernet Franc! Oh! We are toasting everyone for an incredible 2023 year and cheering on the coming year’s blessings! Cheers to All!

The 12 Days Of Christmas Wrap-Up

I hope you enjoyed this rendition of 12 Days Of Christmas Wine Pairings. Keep tuning in to this page for new things all the time, including new wine vintages and varietals. I’ve only given you a few. I hope each of you enjoy your family and friends and cheer everyone up. Make this coming year one where you can BeeBetter. When you are reflecting back on this past year and preparing for the new, this book is a great read to help guide you on your way to BeeBetter!