Looking for wine pairings for your Thanksgiving dinner? Try these suggestions…
Thanksgiving is the quintessential American holiday. A day for being thankful, spending time with family and friends, watching endless football, and eating way more than you should in a single day! And, of course there is the turkey— roasting in the oven, golden brown, creating heavenly aromas and making mouths water.
At this time of year people often ask what type of wines to serve with their turkey. While there are many different wines — red, white and rosé — that pair beautifully with turkey, to maintain the uniquely American spirit of the holiday, I’m suggesting only American wines. Luckily, there are so many great American Wines you won’t have any difficulty choosing.
If you like red wine, the natural choice is Pinot Noir. Intensely flavored, complex, with incredible longevity—it’s a wine meant to pair with food, and since it’s a bit lighter than some other reds (cabernets, for example) it won’t overshadow your meal. Although the best Pinot Noirs in the world come from the Burgundy region of France, California and Washington state each produce some pretty good options.
One to try: Josh North Coast Pinot Noir - California
When it comes to white wines, a fuller-bodied white like Chardonnay from California, really has what it takes to stand up to the array of rich flavors on your Thanksgiving table. There are some great California Chardonnays, aged in oak, with a creamy mouthfeel that begs for a bowl of mashed potatoes and gravy.
One to try: J Lohr Riverstone Chardonnay - California
Not a fan of oaky Chardonnay? There are plenty of un-oaked Chardonnay and Chardonnay blends, fermented in stainless steel, that are bright, citrusy and light.
One to try: Columbia Crest Unoaked Chardonnay - Washington State
Speaking of light white wines, Chenin Blanc is one of the lightest. Known for its versatility, Chenin Blanc has a range of tastes from dry to very sweet, with flavor profiles that include green apple, citrus, honey and minerals.
One to try: Pine Ridge Chenin Blanc Viognier - California
Rosé wines pair really well with turkey. While the best rosés come from the Provence region of France, there are several from California that exhibit the same barely-pink color and crisp flavor that works so well with foods, including turkey.
One to try: Noble Vines 515 Rosé - California
In the end, Thanksgiving is about counting your blessings and sharing food—and wine—with the people you love. Visit Shop Rite Wine & Spirits at the corner of Clifton and Paulison Avenues to pick up all the wine you need for a truly memorable Thanksgiving.