Step #5 is to consider everything you’ve already considered, and then buy what you like. Really, that’s the best way to make sure that you end up with a wine pairing that you will like. Rules are meant to be broken anyway!
So just to recap:
1: Figure out what your menu is going to look and taste like.
2: Pick a type of wine that you like and you think will pair well with your menu.
3: Match the intensity and complexity of your menu with a specific wine.
3a: Don’t overpay, particularly if you’re sharing.
4: Get your geek on.
5: Make your final decision based on wines you know you like.
6: Buy enough (#3a makes that easier).
7: Don’t worry about things, kick back and have a great holiday!
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