With Thanksgiving only a few weeks away the challenging task of matching a wine to the traditional feast should be by now well under way.
Thanksgiving challenging? Not just because it’s a big chore to put on and one must deal with numerous friends and relatives vying for an enviable seat at your table, but because the traditional meal does not lend itself easily to one particular Thanksgiving wine. You need a Thanksgiving wine guide.
Here is the challenge. You’re having turkey (with both white and dark meat) or maybe a ham, along with a savory stuffing, spicy potatoes, rich dark gravy and a tangy cranberry sauce. Maybe you rub your turkey with Creole butter, or rosemary sprigs or prepare it with an orange glaze, or deep fried with brown sugar. The point being there are many ways to prepare the traditional bird, and the meal itself can have a diverse mix of sweet, sour, salty, savory and spicy components. A perfect Thanksgiving wine needs to handle the diverse flavors and not overwhelm the focal point of the meal.
So what to do? Here are some recommendations to attempt to cover all the bases. If you tend to cook with more seasoning and spices the red Thanksgiving wines might work the best. We do suggest that you offer both a white and red options for your guests.
White Thanksgiving Wine Varieties (Click the varietal to find great wines to order)
Red Thanksgiving Wine Varieties (Click the varietal to find great wines to order)
Review our list of wine grape varietals
More information on wine and food pairings
If you plan on serving cheese review our wine and cheese pairing advice