Perfect Wine Pairings for Your Thanksgiving Feast

This post, the final in our “Thanksgiving Thursday” Series, comes from my friend and fellow food (and wine) blogger, Alina Ferguson, of the smashing wine blog, One Girl, One Glass, One World!

Here are some great tips on the perfect pairings for your Thanksgiving Feast!

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Thankgiving Wine Pairing

A Thanksgiving Wine Primer
Alina Ferguson, Guest Blogger

Thanksgiving is, by a foodie standard, the uber holiday. Everyone stresses the perfect turkey, the perfect sides, the perfect desserts and the holy grail…the perfect wine pairings.

The typical Thanksgiving dinner has a myriad of flavors. Turkey. Mashed potatoes. Green bean casserole. Macaroni & cheese (that may just be my family…). Stuffing/dressing. Cranberry sauce. An assortment of sweets for dessert.

What is a perfectionist to do when it comes to wine pairings and Thanksgiving dinner?

Here’s what will be on my table:

Sparkling: Yes. That stuff that’s meant for celebrations. Sparkling wine isn’t just for celebrating a promotion or the new year any more. Sparkling wine adds a nice versatility to the table, as it can easily pair with everything from appetizers to dessert. My recommendations: Michelle Brut, Treveri Cellars Blanc de Blanc Brut or Rosé and Mumm Napa Brut Rosé, Brut Prestige or Cuvée M.

Rosé: A nice dry rosé is always welcome throughout the year, but there’s something special about the pairing of turkey and rosé.

My recommendations: speak with your local wine shop specialist to see what they have in stock. My personal preference lies within the Provençal and Rhône style rosé’s. A nice Rosé of Pinot Noir is also divine.

White: Riesling. Without a doubt, the balance of acidity and sweetness in Riesling makes it super friendly with the myriad of flavors on the table.

My recommendations: Personally, I’m on a big Washington Riesling kick, so anything from Washington of course tops the list, but an Alsatian or German Rieslings are divine as well.

Red: Pinot Noir and Gamay Noir (Beaujoulais) are the classic answer to this question. But why play it safe? Experiment with a Syrah or Merlot-based blend. You’d be surprised how a nice Merlot or Syrah can pair with roasted turkey.

My recommendations: Owen Roe Ex Umbris Syrah, Helix Syrah by Reininger Winery and Basel Cellars Merriment or Claret.

Now, if you have a special bottle that you’ve been dying to open…the best advice comes from my dear friend, Jeff Weissler of Pairings Portland Wine Shop‘s latest newsletter: Drink that yummy, special wine (the one you’ve picked out and have been waiting to open), before your guests arrive!

Why? Chances are it’ll get lost in the orchestra of so many flavors and a crowded full plate! Having said that, sometimes it’s all about the sharing. :)

About Alina

All it took was one head-clearing, stress relieving drive to show me what the wine world has to offer. That drive ignited a passion…that passion fueled a desire to learn more…that desire to learn more led to a feeling to share what I was learning, thus this blog was born.

Join me through my trials & tribulations in learning about the world of wine…and my attempt to bring something that has can be pretentious and overwhelming down to earth and break the air of pretentiousness. Oh, and every so often, there’s food, beer and cocktails involved…

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