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Ohh, Turkey Day!!! I'm beyond obsessed with this ultimate feast and the ever-swelling gathering of family and friends crammed into a too-tiny, hectic and utterly delicious-smelling kitchen. I adore the sight of hands everywhere eager to help prepare, stories being shared and everyone sitting down together to a veritable smorgasbord. And while this uniquely American holiday's history has given us a fairly good idea of what to eat, the question of what to drink is perhaps not so easily answered.
To start, let's get one thing out of the way! There's not a "right" or a "wrong" wine to slam with your pie, but there are wines that just might be more likely send you to sensory elation. So, where to start?
Zinfandel could very well be the #1 All-American Thanksgiving wine choice given that it was once the most planted variety in California (prior to the Prohibition era). Here’s how this wine will behave when paired with food:
Pinot Noir is the fine-wine lover’s #1 pick for Thanksgiving, which is due (in large part) to the grape’s prestigious pedigree tracing back to Burgundy, France.
Rosé or Blanc de Noirs Champagne
This is a sommelier’s must-have wine for Thanksgiving because, for a somm, you can’t really start a meal without a splash of something sparkling wine. Here’s why:
One of the most aromatics of whites, Riesling meets the big flavors of the day with a bushelful of fruit. And as whites go, the variety is also deceptively mouth-filling and braced with acidity, giving it the wherewithal to keep up with everything from the sweet potatoes to the sausage in the dressing. And in this case, a touch of sweetness in the wine is your friend.
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11/21/2017 10:04:43 am
You must have read my mind! We're on our way out of town to visit family for Thanksgiving and talking about what type of wine to take as a gift. Champagne is a given for any occasion so a bottle of that is a must, now to decide between the Pinot Noir & Zinfandel. Maybe a bottle of each :).
11/21/2017 10:21:07 am
Wine is always at my Thanksgiving table. I love your suggestions and going to try a few of them this year. I am going to a friends house for dinner and it is always nice to bring a bottle to share.
11/21/2017 10:36:09 am
I never know exactly what to grab so wind up grabbing what I like. I think we've served all but a Riesling on Thanksgiving.
11/21/2017 02:53:54 pm
You offer a great list of wines to accompany Thanksgiving dinner. I personally am a fan of sweet red wines myself.
11/21/2017 03:42:20 pm
Riesling is my wine of choice and we will certainly keep it flowing during the holidays. Happy Thanksgiving!
11/21/2017 04:15:33 pm
I am clueless for win pairing ideas, glad you shared this with us. It's a great way to know what to pair up with wine over the holiday family gatherings.
11/21/2017 04:16:01 pm
This is great to know I tend to stick to a Sauv blanc! Its my fav!
11/21/2017 07:16:11 pm
This is great for those just getting into trying new wines. I love checking out pairing options
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