Who else is as obsessed with Thanksgiving as I am?! I mean,,,the day revolves around FOOD. Can it get any better? And even more than food, there’s WINE. Oh yea…WINE…and PUMPKIN PIE. Yummmmmmmmy!
So I thought I would jot down a brief little post about wine pairings. Realistically, if you like your go-to wines and they have always worked for you – drink them! However, if you’re looking to jazz things up a bit and try something new, here are few suggestions for wines that pair with the traditional food offerings one might find at a Thanksgiving soiree!
Turkey w/ mashed potatoes and gravy:
Oaked Chardonnay is usually the traditional way to go here, but if you want something with a more interesting flavor, try a Gewurztraminer! It has an amazing aroma and has a flair of spice to it, similar to a Lychee. It pairs very, very well with rich poultry. You can find some great California and/or Oregon producers. Also Trimbach, which is French, makes some stellar Gewurztraminer.
White wine is still the winner here but instead of a Chardonnay or Sauvignon Blanc, try a Dry or Off-dry Riesling or a Chenin Blanc. Both wines are bold with their fruit flavors and have a touch of sweetness that compliment the saltiness of ham. A generally easy brand to find is from Oregon and is from Chateau Ste. Michelle. They carry both Riesling and Chenin Blanc.
Red meat dishes:
Not everyone serves the traditional Turkey and/or ham dishes so we want to be sure to include our red meat lovers! If you’re serving steak, lasagna or any type of meat based dish (or sauce), how about trying some spicy, jammy California Red Zinfandel or a Shiraz/Syrah? Cline Cellars makes some AMAZING Red Zinfandel and the best part? You can usually find it for only $8.99. Australian Shiraz can usually be found at great prices too!
Pumpkin pie is so darned perfect it almost doesn’t need anything to go with it – unless it’s a Moscato, a sweet Riesling or a sparkling Moscato d’asti! Delicious!
Pecan Pie is so rich that normally a port would go with this, but instead of a port, try an Ice wine (or in German it is Eiswein!) Ice wine/Eiswein is made from grapes frozen on the vine so their concentration in sugar and flavor are very instense!
Chocolate cakes or fudges:
Definitely go for a port here. It’s always a winner and will be the perfect match made in heaven!
Happy Turkey Day! Gobble Gobble!