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Everyone’s looking forward to the holidays when special meals are served and excellent wines are plentiful. Hostesses can use these tips to ensure guests enjoy their meals by pairing food with the best wines.

Malbec is a varietal wine with a robust and deep fruit flavor. It’s best paired with holiday meats or spicy dishes such as barbecue or Mexican foods.

Chianti offers a subtle cherry and nutty flavor. It is a welcome addition to any holiday meals containing tomatoes such as Italian lasagna or Mexican dishes.

Chardonnay is a dry wine with an oak flavor. It is not overly sweet and it complements a turkey dinner with most side dishes.

Serve the highest quality wines to guests and remember, wine storage is best kept at 45-65 degrees Fahrenheit.