The ultimate feast. An endless potpourri of flavors, aromas and textures from the opening kickoff of the early football game until grandpa’s annual tryptophan-induced, post-pumpkin pie slumber. History and tradition tell us what food to serve, and we round out the smorgasbord with a few personal favorites and perhaps an homage to our family’s heritage.
The question of what wine to serve at Thanksgiving dinner
might not be so easily answered. Just like anything else, this is a matter of personal taste, but we do recommend offering a variety of choices to get your guests from appetizers to the main course to dessert. There is no right or wrong answer, but here are a few suggestions to help you get started and impress your guests.
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Thanksgiving is a celebration! Why not bring on the bubbles, raise your glass and toast with the family and friends who surround you? The elegance and versatility of Champagne and sparkling wines
can take you from the start to finish of your feast. The higher acidity allows it to pair well with heavier, high starch foods like turkey, stuffing and potatoes, while the low alcohol allows the flavors of the food to be the star. Plus, those bubbles can cleanse the palate as your guests move from one food to the next.White Wine
A light-bodied Riesling
with its fruit and honey flavors and high acidity offers a pleasant contrast to the heavy, savory foods that are typically found on your Thanksgiving dinner table. You can’t go wrong if you serve a dry Riesling
with the main course and save a sweet Riesling
for dessert. A fuller-bodied Chardonnay
also pairs well with traditionally rich foods, and Pinot Grigio
can stand up to garlic, onions, herbs and those flavorful, high-fat dishes. Gewurztraminer
has low alcohol and balanced acidity and can range from dessert wine sweetness to bone dry.Red Wine
Light in body and soft on the palate, Pinot Noir
offers a perfect match for turkey and popular side dishes, making it a traditional Thanksgiving favorite. Zinfandel
is a bit more intense and heartier than Pinot Noir
and is capable of matching spicy, bitter and sweet flavors. The low alcohol, low tannins and fresh fruitiness of Rosé wines
make them a great choice for Thanksgiving, and most Rosés
actually fall somewhere between red wine
and white wine
to keep lovers of both types of wine
The sweetness of fortified wines and late harvest wines
support the richness and spice of pumpkin pie and other traditional Thanksgiving desserts. Pairing the fruity and nutty flavors of Port
with pies – pumpkin, apple, pecan or any flavor – is a match made in heaven. A sweet, cream Sherry with caramel, vanilla, herbs and spices, pairs particularly well with fruit desserts.