Thanksgiving is all about the pie, am I right? Okay, there’s dinner, too; but really the turkey, ham, stuffing, sweet potatoes, and rolls are really just a means to a sweet and satisfying end: pie. If your family is anything like mine, everyone has a favorite pie that absolutely must be on the table at Thanksgiving. But when you’re busy making all those pies (or thawing them, picking them up from the bakery, or whatever else you need to do it to get them on your table and in your stomach), it’s hard to come up with just the right way to pair them. Finding the perfect pairing takes time, something that is in short supply around the holidays, and it gets more complicated when you’re also picking dinner pairings. You don’t want to have to buy 40 different kinds of wine (and your guests don’t want to choose from that many either), so it’s a good idea to have wines on hand that will pair well with both dinner and dessert. Keep reading for 5 white varietals that can take you from dinner to dessert (and the pies they’re best with!):
Chardonnay- Pie: apple
Chardonnay is one of the most popular wines and can be incredibly versatile, especially if you get an unoaked variety. Oaking the wine makes it richer and more full-bodied, but it can also overwhelm both dinner and dessert dishes if you’re not careful. Unoaked chardonnays are full-bodied enough that they go well with meat and vegetable dishes, but they won’t overwhelm your palate with the butteriness of oak. With dessert, the brighter flavors of unoaked chardonnays are enhanced by the cinnamon and brown sugar deliciousness of apple pie.
Chenin blanc- Pie: coconut cream
Chenin Blanc is a highly versatile, food-friendly wine that pairs with a wide variety of dishes. Because of the light sweetness and high acidity in the wine combined with fruity notes, Chenin Blanc is delicious with everything from turkey to cranberry sauce to coconut cream pie.
Pinot Grigio- Pie: lemon meringue
Pinot Grigio is light and slightly fruity, which makes it a good contrast to rich, fatty dishes. In terms of dessert, the lemon aromas and tanginess of Pinot Grigio make it a lovely complement to sweet and tart lemon meringue pie.
Riesling- Pie: pumpkin and pecan
Riesling is such a versatile wine because of its sweet notes and high acidity. It pairs really well with some of the sweeter pies like pumpkin and pecan, but it also contrasts nicely with the salt and spice in Thanksgiving dishes.
Sauvignon Blanc- Pie: key lime
The citrus flavors in Sauvignon Blanc pair beautifully with many citrus desserts, especially key lime pie. It is a crisp, light wine that brightens heavy dishes and has herbal undertones that pair well with savory Thanksgiving sides.
What will be on your Thanksgiving table this year?