Bright Cellars is coming to town! What’s better than the sound of Christmas music ringing through the air? The sloshing of wine as it’s poured into a glass! From classic carols to modern hits, we’ve taken the liberty of rounding up the best Christmas songs and pairing them with wine. Don't forget to give our Merry and Bright Cellars Spotify playlist a listen!
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1. It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas
Pour yourself a fizzy glass of Lambrusco to get in the holiday spirit and play this holiday classic on repeat. This light, bubbly red wine is perfect for decorating the Christmas tree or pairing with a simple yet delicious dinner of burgers or pizza.
2. All I Want for Christmas Is You
We had no choice but to pair the most popular of Christmas songs with the most popular of wines. Cabernet Sauvignon is calling your name, and so is Mariah Carey. Hit the high notes while you savor delicious notes of black cherry and baking spices.
3. The Christmas Song
Something about Nat King Cole singing about chestnuts roasting on an open fire makes us crave something deep, dark, and smoky. Reach for a bottle of Syrah - a bold red wine known for its dark fruit notes and hint of smoke.
4. Silent Night
All is calm when you're drinking Bright Cellars! Settle in with a glass of Pinot Noir - a light-bodied red wine known for its red fruit and spice aromas.
5. It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year
A classic Christmas song deserves a classic wine. Pair this Andy Williams hit with a glass of Chianti - a dry, medium bodied Italian red wine.
6. White Christmas
Of course, this carol asks for a crisp, white-as-snow white wine. We recommend Pinot Grigio - a light-bodied white that pairs well with most anything. Bonus points if you watch the holiday movie while you sip! Bing Crosby would be proud.
7. Baby It’s Cold Outside by Idina Menzel and Michael Buble
Say, what’s in this drink? Nothing but smooth, delicious Chenin Blanc. This winter warmer is a rich white wine with notes of yellow apple, chamomile, and honey.
8. Santa Claus is Coming to Town
A grand arrival requires proper celebration. Pop the bubbly… Santa is coming to town!
9. Jingle Bell Rock
Pair this jingling beat with a bold, full-bodied Petite Verdot, complete with notes of plum, lilac, and sage.
10. Once Upon A December
Do you remember this song from Disney’s Anastasia? We can’t get enough of the Pentatonix arrangement, and recommend pairing this deep, swelling song with a bold Petite Syrah. This full-bodied red boasts notes of blueberry, dark chocolate, and black tea.
11. Santa Tell Me by Ariana Grande
Pair this Christmas pop song with a glass of Grüner Veltiner. This white wine is known for being herbaceous and peppery, with acidity as high as Miss Ariana’s ponytail.
12. Let it Snow
This wine doesn’t show signs of stopping anytime soon. Let it flow with a versatile Merlot, a red wine known for notes of black cherry and chocolate.
13. What Christmas Means to Me
Oh, sweet nostalgia! Pair this Hanson Christmas classic with a Riesling - a white wine that’s usually sweet or off-dry.
14. Wham! Last Christmas
Any wine can mend a heartache, but a Rhône blend seems to do just the trick. Savor the notes of raspberry, rosemary, and lavender as you reminisce and make new memories.
15. Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree
This song is a must-play when decorating the tree, so we’d pair it with a jammy Zinfandel.
16. Sleigh Ride
Vibrant and high energy, we’d pair this holiday bop with a lively white wine like Sauvignon Blanc. You’ll notice the wine’s herbaceous notes or ‘green streak’, which often presents itself as green bell pepper.
17. Mary Did You Know by Pentatonix
Pair this slow, sweet ballad with a sophisticated Bordeaux Blend. These red blends are commonly made of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and other French grape varieties.
18. Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays N’Sync
This cheery tune will bring you back. Pair it with a bright, tart, and fruity Zweigelt.
19. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
Slow, smooth and dripping with holiday spirit in every note, pair this Christmas classic with a silky Malbec. The notes of blackberry, plum, and leather will inspire you to cozy up with another glass.
20. White Winter Hymnal by Pentantonix
Since it’s arguably the most unique carol on our list of the best Christmas songs, this hymn deserves to be paired with the equally complex Gewürztraminer. Known for intense floral aromas, primarily of lychee, this intoxicating wine will impress you with every sip and you get lost in the round of the White Winter Hymnal.
21. You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch
What’s green, full of personality, and always trying to steal the Christmas show? Pair this goofy classic with Sauvignon Blanc (a white wine we most definitely would touch with a 10 foot pole.)
22. Santa Baby
Hurry down the chimney tonight with a bottle of Zin in hand! Pair sassy jingle with an equally spicy Zinfandel.
23. Feliz Navidad
Prospero año and felicidades to you and yours! Pair this bop with a Spanish wine like Tempranillo or a rich, silky Malbec from Mendoza, Argentina.
24. Silver Bells
Christmastime in the city calls for a warming white. Complete the duo of silver and gold with a creamy Chardonnay.
25. River by Sam Smith
This nontraditional Christmas song will take you on a journey, much like Rosé in the wintertime. Don’t listen to the old rules of yore - listen to what you like, and drink what you want.
In Vino Finito
Which Christmas carol and wine pairing brings back the best holiday memories? Let us know in the comments!