What is a good wine for Thanksgiving? It can be difficult to choose a wine for a meal that has so many different flavors (and not just food flavors but family flavors too!!!) There are three ways food and wines interact:
Because people have such varied tastes in wine and you may have such varied people eating turkey at your house, we have had Thanksgiving dinner twice in the last week to test out different wines. In an attempt to respect personal preferences, we had hoped to find several different styles that were really great. <big sigh> However, if you really want a “perfect pairing” then Pinot Noir is the Queen of Thanksgiving. I mean riding on the head float in the Macy’s parade, tossing gifts, doing the “royal wave”, crowned Queen of Thanksgiving. We tried dry and off dry Chenin Blanc, subtly oaked Chardonnay, off dry Riesling, sparkling Cava rosé, Zinfandel, Gewürztraminer, and Sauvignon Blanc. Most of them fell into the “separate but equal” category. The Sauvignon Blanc was “actively combative”.
If this does not fit your style or budget, don’t despair. Remember there were many wines on our list that will work. You might also consider a Beaujolais or a Rosé (click here for a rosé with smoky flavors). If beer is an option you wish to offer guests, please check out my friend’s website www.johnthebeersnob.com. Happy Eating, Happy Drinking, Happy Thanksgiving.
where do you get the recipes from? did you make them up? Some sound good!
Thanks for the comment. I love to cook and many of the recipes are mine. They are all "taste tested" but if I "borrow" them from another source I always give credit. If any readers want to submit recipes and wine pairing ideas, we are happy to test them out and include them in future posts if applicable.