In just a short time, we will all be gathered around the table feasting on my favorite meal of the year, Thanksgiving. In my family, we happen to have a wonderful tradition of spending Thanksgiving in Napa or Sonoma…just one of the many things I am thankful for each year. No matter where your Thanksgiving plans takes you, here are some excellent wine pairings for your turkey day!
Rosé and Turkey
Rosé is an excellent match with turkey and most of the traditional Thanksgiving spread. Look for a Rosé that features dry flavors of cranberry or cherry and a little spice. I recently sipped a bottle from Chateau Bonnet. The 2012 Rosé is a blend of Cabernet and Merlot with bright tastes of cranberry and grapefruit. Beautiful acidity makes it extremely food friendly and a great choice for your entire meal. ($15)
Grüner Veltliner and Ham
Looking for a wine that enhances the flavor of your juicy ham? I would reach for a bottle of Grüner Veltliner. The lively acidity in Grüner cuts the fat in the ham and helps bring the flavors to a whole new level. One bottle that works really well is Birgit Eichinger 2011 Grüner Veltliner. It features crisp acidity and plenty of flavor to stand up to any Thanksgiving feast! ($15)
Tawny Port and Pumpkin Pie
For me, dessert can be one of the trickiest wine pairings of any meal. Generally, a lot of wines don’t work well with sweet flavors. So, when our dessert course comes around, I generally reach for a beautiful glass of Tawny Port. Look for a bottle with a balance of sweetness and spice to pair with the sweet and spicy flavors in pumpkin pie. If you want something a little lighter, opt for one of my favorite ports for under $20, Quinta do Infantado Medium-Dry Tawny Port NV. If you want something a little sweeter (and relatively easy to find), grab a bottle of Churchills 10 Year Old Tawny Port ($30). Either way, both of these picks will make dessert a great finale to a delicious meal!