What Wines Should You Enjoy with Your Thanksgiving Meal
What's the best part about Thanksgiving?
Personally, it's all about the food. Delicious roasted turkey, a variety of creative side dishes, and always leave room for mouthwatering desserts!
The next best part?
The wine of course! There are so many choices when it comes to what wines to enjoy your Thanksgiving meal with. To help, I've discovered a blog post by Best Wine Reviews that is super informative!
The Best Wine to Pair with Turkey:
In general, you can't go wrong with Pinot Noir for your delicious roasted turkey. This is because Pinot Noir is considered to be the darling of poultry pairing in the wine world! It has a light to medium body and features subtle flavors of fruity and earthy tones.
Pinot Noir has an acidity that has been known to bring out the most succulent of flavors of turkey - It also pairs deliciously with ham.
The runner up for the best wine to pair with turkey is Zinfandel - America's sweetheart wine! It's an ideal pairing with Thanksgiving dinner dishes for its low tannin levels and can moisten a dry turkey.
The Best Wine for Turkey and Cranberry Sauce:
Sweet Riesling complements the sweet flavors of turkey and cranberry sauce.
The Best Wine for Turkey and Gravy:
Dry Riesling features high acidity that balances out the rich flavors of turkey and gravy. It also is a great palate fresher, allowing you to enjoy other rich dishes after a bite of stuffed turkey!
The Best White Wine for Thanksgiving:
White wines are the perfect choice to pair with Thanksgiving dishes that are light, fruity, or creamy. However, the best white wine for Thanksgiving dinner must have a well-balanced acidity that matches well with the richness of certain dishes - such as, gravy and mashed potatoes.
Chateau Puygueraud Blanc is produced is Bordeaux, which is famous for growing and making red wines. This white wine comes from the region's small area of land dedicated to producing white wine. Made of 100% Sauvignon Blanc and Gris, this decadent bottle offers a citrusy, crisp, dry minerality that presents notes of florals and exotic fruit flavors.
The Best Red Wine for Thanksgiving:
Red wine in mild varieties is best for Thanksgiving because it complements dishes rather than overshadows them. The light berry flavors of red wine pair well with the heartiness of Thanksgiving menus.
Domaine des Billards Saint-Amour is a light-bodied red wine that is made from Gamay Noir grapes. It is popular during Thanksgiving as its timing of the annual release happens in the 3rd week of November. Its primary flavors are black fruit and floral lilac with the perfect balance of tight and sweet tannins and notes of tropical fruit flavors, according to Best Wine Reviews.
The Best Dessert Wine for Thanksgiving:
So, you've finished your deliciously rich and filling Thanksgiving dinner and now it's time for the real celebration with sweets and desserts! The best pairing for dessert is dessert wine that is sweet with low acidity and alcohol levels.
What's the most traditional Thanksgiving dessert? - Pumpkin pie of course! Riesling is known for its sweetness, which makes it the perfect match for your traditional pumpkin pie dessert.
2016 Dr. Loosen Erdener Treppchen Riesling Spatlese is from Germany and has intense aromas of peach and apricot, with just enough acidity to balance out the sweetness of pumpkin pie.
The Best Rose Wine for Thanksgiving:
Rose is crisp, light, and fruity, making it ideal for a heavy Thanksgiving meal. Easy on the palate and not too intense, you can't go wrong with a delicious Zinfandel.
Frank Family Vineyards Zinfandel (produced in Napa Valley) is a bottle that features dark fruit and pepper, as well as warm spices and herbs. It is a splendid pairing for rich holiday flavors and is praised for its perfect ratio of acid to tannin balance!
The Best Champagne for Thanksgiving:
Bollinger Brut Special Cuvee: Serve this Champagne before dinner to welcome your guests to a festive mood! Coming from Champagne, France, this bottle offers a crisp taste of frosted apple, pear, and notes of baked pastry. This aromatic Champagne also presents spicy aromas, peaches, brioche, and fresh walnut.