It’s getting real now: Thanksgiving is almost here and it is time to choose your wines for Thanksgiving dinner. This is an important decision because you DO NOT want to serve a bad wine with a meal you worked so hard on, but it doesn’t have to be stressful. How is that possible? We’ve got you covered with three options that are sure to please the palate.
Pinot is a Go
You’re busy right now, so I’ll cut to the chase: Pinot Noir pairs well with pretty much everything on a traditional Thanksgiving menu. From turkey to cranberries to stuffing, Pinot Noir is your best friend. In its usual form, Pinot Noir is light to medium bodied with lovely cherry and spice notes, low tannin, and high acidity.
Riesling is King
Riesling gets a bad rap in a lot of circles as being simple and sweet, but it can actually be a highly complex and food friendly wine when done right. It comes in a range of styles from very dry to sweet, has high acidity, and has enough zest to pair with any food on the table. I would recommend avoiding late harvest or otherwise highly sweet Rieslings and stick with dry to off-dry.
Bring on the Bubbles
Bubbly is not just for New Year’s Eve and Valentine’s Day anymore. You can start your meal with a toast, then keep sipping from the turkey carving right on through to the pie. Sparkling wine is light to balance the heaviness of most traditional Thanksgiving foods, high acidity, and typically has nice cherry or citrus flavors, which pair up beautifully to a feast.
Can’t decide which of these three options to serve? Go with all three and offer your diners the choice. Now everyone’s happy and you can enjoy the company, the food, and the wine. Cheers!