Preparing massive holiday meals for friends and family — and their hungry, potentially critical mouths — can be a stressful endeavor. Dave McIntyre, The Washington Post’s resident wine columnist, explains why selecting an appropriate wine should be the most painless part of the process by suggesting various wine varieties for every course. Champagne and sparkling wines, for instance, are excellent mid-meal palate cleansers.

Washington Post wine columnist Dave McIntyre tells you which wines pair with your holiday meals and the drink that’s always a no-brainer. (Jason Aldag and Jayne Orenstein/The Washington Post)

These are the wines mentioned in the video:

Thibaut-Janisson Blanc de Chardonnay Brut, Virginia

Ankida Ridge Vineyards Pinot Noir 2012, Virginia

Veritas Vineyards Viognier 2013, Monticello, Virginia

Foggy Ridge Cider, Serious Cider, Virginia

Black Ankle Vineyards, Leaf Stone Syrah 2011, Maryland

Glen Manor Vineyards, Petit Manseng, 2013

Barboursville Vineyards, Malvaxia Passito, 2008