Wine to go with your Thanksgiving Feast

ThanskgivingThe holiday season is upon us and the food and wine will be flowing freely. This got me thinking about what types of wine go well with a traditional Thanksgiving feast. In my opinion the options are limitless when it comes to choosing a wine for Thanksgiving.

If you are looking to go with a white you want something well balanced with some acidity. I prefer a dry white. A Sauvignon Blanc might be a good choice or perhaps a Gewurztraminer. The crisp citrus flavors that are characteristic of Sauvignon Blac should pair nicely with your Turkey dinner. Gewurztraminer is a bolder choice to go with your meal, having a bit more spice to it.

On the red side I would say a good Pinot Noir is your best bet, you want softer tannins to go with the turkey.  If you are going to go with a Pinot though, I would not go with a cheep bottle. For the most part decent Pinots start at around $20 but usually cost more than that. Pinots grapes are pretty delicate and hard to grow hence why it’s hard to find a good cheep Pinot. If you don’t want to go with a Pinot I would recommend a Zinfandel. It’s smooth dark fruit flavor will work well with your meal.  I would steer clear of a red with bold harsh tannins, like a Malbec. In my opinion harsh tannins will overwhelm the flavours of the meal.

A dry sparkling like a Brut Champagne or a Presecco would also be nice with your meal, if you want to go with something a little more festive for the holiday!

If you’re anything like my family you are probably going to go through more than one bottle of wine on Thanksgiving. Always start with the lighter less full bodied wines. If you do the opposite you will blow out your palate and won’t be able to pick up the nuances of the lighter bodied wines. I might do a Prescco or Rose with appetizers earlier in the day and then move into a white or red with dinner.  

Have a safe and happy Thanksgiving!


Posted on November 21, 2011, in Food Pairing, Helpful tips, Pinot Noir, Recommendations and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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