…we’re talking wine of course!
Crisp air, big sweaters, football games, and turkey! It’s officially the last month of autumn, and Thanksgiving is right around the corner! Whether you’re heading out of town this year or opening up your home to family and friends, there isn’t a better time to begin planning your Thanksgiving Day feast then now. From the turkey and yams, to the cranberry sauce and stuffing, with so many different textures and tastes, it’s important to choose wines that are complementary to each bite. So, exactly which wines should you serve during your Thanksgiving meal?
Although sparkling wines are extremely popular during the holidays, let’s take a look at some red and white wine options that are sure to make your turkey day pop.
Red Wine Options
Pinot Noir: A traditional favorite for Thanksgiving, Pinot Noir is lighter in body and softer on the palate. Its earthy notes along with those red berry fruit flavors pair really well with turkey, stuffing and gravy.
Syrah/Shiraz: The peppery notes of Syrah will pair exceptionally well with the herbal notes found in your stuffing, also drawing out those savory flavors from the turkey.
Red Blends or Zinfandel: For the spice and slightly sweet flavor dishes, pour up a robust medium to full bodied red to balance out the taste.
Alternatively, a great white can too serve as the perfect contrast to balance out all those flavors from your Thanksgiving spread.
White Wines Options
Sauvignon Blanc: The crisp citrus-based flavors and herbal undertones are a perfect pairing for turkey and winter salads.
Chardonnay: The creamy, buttery, nutty, vanilla flavors from a California Chard, will go great with a big helping of mashed potatoes and gravy.
Riesling: Whether dry or sweet, this white wine will work well with dishes that are spicy, salty or full of sugar. The apple, apricot, and honey notes against those sweet potatoes are enough to send you straight into a food coma.
Pinot Blanc: With a touch of warm spice, this highly aromatic white wine pairs deliciously well with turkey and gravy.
But, no matter what ends up on your table, just remember that Thanksgiving is a time of gratitude…so raise your glass and give thanks!