Best Ham and Wine Pairings

The upcoming holidays are the perfect time to experiment with ham and wine pairings as you host celebrations for family and friends. We like making and trying interesting recommendations for wine pairings with honey-glazed ham. A traditional holiday staple, the sweetness of a glazed, honey-cured ham is best balanced by a lighter, dryer wine like some of these suggestions below.

Riesling – A popular dry white wine, Riesling’s roots lie in Germany’s Rhine region. The wine has fruity notes with subtle peachy undertones and a sharp acidity that plays up the richness of the ham on the palate. Cured and salted ham doesn’t overwhelm the light, tropical taste of the wine.

Gewurtzraminer – With origins in Tramin, Italy, the sweet spiciness of this white wine is now produced in many European regions, including France, Luxembourg and the Czech Republic. This wine is also produced in New Zealand and Australia. Undertones of autumn flavors like pumpkin spice and cinnamon mingle particularly well with a hearty holiday ham.


Chardonnay – A ham glazed with either Hickory Farms Sweet Hot Mustard or a tart and tangy Honey & Pineapple Mustard will melt in your mouth when accompanied by the buttery oak flavor of a mild Chardonnay, which is a popular choice at any gathering.

Pinot Noir – This red wine is light enough to gently fuse with the savory flavor of a well-cured ham. This wine intermingles with the smokiness without overwhelming the taste. A medium-bodied Pinot can also hold its own against robust side dishes like scalloped or mashed potatoes.

Our own Hickory Farms HoneyGold®Spiral Sliced HoneyGold Honey-Glazed Ham is not only a gold medal winner but is also fully cooked, spiral-sliced and ready to serve. It has just the right amount of sweetness thanks to being cured with real honey, but it also comes with its own perfectly spiced-glaze packet that can be easily added before heating. This holiday classic can be the main course for family celebrations, as well as a valued gift to loved ones or business associates.

Plan ahead for your holiday get-together by ordering from Hickory Farms. From the heartland of Ohio to your home, we’re proud to be a valued part of your family’s traditions.

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