As with many meals, especially holiday meals, an important part of the meal are the wine choices you make. Holiday meals have so many different textures and flavors that selecting wines to partner up with all the flavors, at times, requires a little advance study or advice.
Listed below are the wines I recommend pairing with your Thanksgiving meals.
- Riesling: This white wine can either be very dry or fairly sweet. Rieslings are a great white wine selection for Thanksgiving as their fruit flavors and acidity pair well with sweet potatoes, turkey meat and various flavors of stuffing.
- Sauvignon Blanc: These wines tend to be crisp and citrus flavored which pairs well with turkey and mashed potatoes.
- Pinot Grigio: Pinot Grigio wines are softer than other white wines. They are also fruit flavored with balanced acidity that pairs well with garlic, onions, herbs and rich flavorful higher-fat dishes.
- Albariño and Viognier: Viognier is a favorite white wine of mine. The wine has floral and fruity aromas and flavors along with low acidity, making it a perfect Thanksgiving wine.
- Pinot Noir: Pinot Noirs are a traditional Thanks-giving favorite. This wine pairs well with the flavors of turkey, stuffing and other Thanksgiving specialties.
- Zinfandel: Zinfandel is a fuller-bodied red wine that has lots of intense plummy, jammy fruit flavors with a typical finish of spicy or pepper notes. It is heavier than a Pinot Noir but a good wine for those of us who enjoy a heartier red wine which can accommodate spice, bitter and sweet flavors.
- Syrah: Syrahs offer strong spice and pepper qualities. The spice and pepper notes of a Syrah pair well with stuffing and either the white or dark meat of a turkey.
- Beaujolais: This light and dry red wine offers fresh, fruity flavors that go well with turkey and all the fixings. Serve this wine slightly chilled.
- Rosé: Crisp, light and fruity; this wine pairs perfectly with a heavy holiday meal. Rosés should be served chilled.
- Sparkling Wines: Every special holiday dinner should start off with a flute or two of sparkling wine. All special occasions seem to get better with “bubbles.”
- Moscato: Light or dark, Moscato wines can have bubbles (d’Asti) or not. Sweet and full of fruit flavors like peach and apricot, Moscato wines have low acidity and high residual sugar.
- Port: Sweet and fortified wine that changes with age. Younger ports are sweeter than older ones.
- Sauternes: This wine comes from France and is delightfully sweet.
- Asti Spumante: This Italian wine is sweet or semi-sweet. It should be served well chilled.
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