Thanksgiving—a time to be thankful for family, friends, good food, and excellent wine!
Thanksgiving is about sharing wonderful moments with loved ones around elaborately decorated tables filled with comfort food and festive drinks. It’s also the perfect time to uncork your favorite bottle and share a glass or two with your family and friends. Are you feeling festive? Now’s the time to play wine and food matchmaker, by pairing various wine varietals with your favorite holiday dishes. Need inspiration? Discover our top five favorite food and wine pairings.
1 – Grenache Blanc & Turkey
2014 Grenache Blanc and turkey, can you say a match made in heaven? The smooth texture, bright acidity, and subtle hints of stone fruit complement the rich, juicy flavors of the turkey.
2 – Pinot Noir & Stuffing
Stuffing is one of those recipes that is fairly versatile; each family typically has their own recipe. So it would only make sense to pair it with the most food-friendly wine on the block—Pinot Noir. Whether your stuffing is vegetable based or filled with sweet-herb Italian sausage, the 2014 Domaine Carneros “Le Ciel Serein” is an excellent choice. With its lyrical texture and surprising hint of vanilla, your taste buds will be dancing with joy.
3 – Super Tuscan Style & Mashed Potatoes
2012 Domenico Super Tuscan Style is the perfect match for those butter-laden mashed potatoes. The aromas of fig and snickerdoodle with accents of white pepper pair with the fluffy softness of the potatoes, giving you that extra sense of holiday comfort.
4 – Rosé & Cranberry Sauce
Cranberries paired with cranberries, you can’t go wrong. Refreshing, crisp, tart, and fruit-forward, 2016 Gamay Rouge will brighten any hearty holiday meal and wake up your palate. It will be like a breath of fresh air before a deserved dessert. Best served chilled
5 – Late Harvest Zinfandel & Pumpkin Pie
Did someone say dessert (wine)? The 2015 Fritz Late Harvest Zinfandel will round out your holiday feast. Sweet, smooth, and delicate, it will satisfy your sweet tooth in a glass—but don’t forget to enjoy the pie!
Are you traveling this Thanksgiving?
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What wines does your family enjoy on the Thanksgiving table? We’d love to hear!