There is no right or wrong when picking out a wine for Thanksgiving. My motto has always been if you enjoy the wine then it is a good choice always. That being said there definitely are some “classic” wines that pair well with the Thanksgiving cuisine. There are many wines that will work; white, red, rose, domestic or international. Listed below are a few wines considered to be ideal for the Turkey and accompanied sides.
Dry Rose, German Rieslings and Pinot Noir (Spatburgunder), Alsacian whites (Pinot Gris, Gewurtztraminer, Riesling, Pinot Blanc) Domestic Gewurtztraminer, Riesling, Pinot Gris and Pinot Blanc, Chenin Blanc (Vouvray), Red Zinfandel, Pinot Noir, Beaujolais (Neauvou and Cru) Rhone style red blends (Grenache, Syrah and Mourvedre) dry sparkling wine, sweet sparkling wine, and Dessert wines for pies such as Royal Tokaij, Sauternes, Icewine, Eiswein (German) just to name a few.
Here are four particular wines I believe to be a great option for this Thanksgiving…
L’Ecole Chenin Blanc- This is a domestic play on Vouvray, Chenin Blanc from the Loire Valley in France. This wine is sourced from 4 different vineyards in the Colombia Valley in Washington State. It is whole cluster pressed and then cool fermented in stainless steel tanks. This wine has a fresh, lively feel and maybe just a touch of sweetness accompanied by great minerality that adds crispness.
Meiomi Pinot Noir- This Pinot Noir is sourced from the three of the most recognized Pinot Noir producing appellations in California; Sonoma, Monterey and Santa Barbara. This wine is produced by the Wagner family who is most known for founding Caymus Vineyards in Napa Valley. The idea was to produce a top quality, consistent, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay at an affordable price point as well as being ready to drink upon release. The wine is comprised of Pinot Noir and is aged in 100% French oak, 60% of the barrels are new. It has really bright/ripe red fruit notes that are well balanced with the oak and earthy qualities of the wine.
Dr. Loosen Riesling- This Riesling hails from the Mosel dominated by mostly steep slate soils. The wine is has a clean, fruity flavor balanced with good acidity. At 8.5% alcohol this is a great “session wine” from one of the most iconic producers in Germany.
Jean Marc Burgaud Regnie (Cru Beaujolais) – This wine is from the Cru Beaujolais region of Regnie. The vines are an average of 50 years old and are embedded in Sandy, Stony soils. The wine has a good level of fruit along with some good minerality and acid which make this a great light red food pairing wine.
Come in and check out these wines as well as many others for your Turkey Day!