A lot of people have been asking me for some suggestions of red wines that pair well with Thanksgiving dinner. One of my favorite red wines to pair with turkey is Pinot Noir. I look for a Pinot with earthier notes as it usually complements the turkey and goes well with stuffing. One of my favorite Pinot Noirs with turkey readily available for under $20 is Belle Glos Meiomi 2009 Pinot Noir from California. I have featured it before on my blog (http://wp.me/p1vdhr-io) and it is rustic and savory. Pinot Noir from Oregon is also often a good bet because they tend to be earthier and more subdued than Pinot from California.
Another red wine that I really enjoy with turkey and stuffing is Zinfandel. Look for a Zinfandel that is fruity and balanced with nice (yet not overly) spicy finish. I had the chance to try a great Zinfandel over the weekend, OM Winery’s Zinfandel Vin di Rossa 2009, and the first thing that came to my mind was that it would be a perfect match for Thanksgiving dinner. Here is a little more about this great Zinfandel.
OM Winery Zinfandel Vin di Rossa is 97% Zinfandel and 3% Petite Sirah. It has 14.6% alcohol and retails for $26 a bottle. For more information see www.omwinery.com
Now the Fun Part- Tasting the Wine
OM Winery’s Zinfandel pours a deep garnet in the glass. The nose has layers of red and dark fruit with a hint of spice. The wine tastes of juicy cherries and cranberries with a smooth, peppery finish. This Zinfandel is very balanced and is not overburdened by alcohol. It is definitely a great Thanksgiving wine choice that will leave a lasting impression without overpowering the meal.
My Wine Rating- B+
Food Pairing Suggestions- This wine is perfect with turkey and stuffing with sausage, mushrooms, and sage.