Thanksgiving is nigh!
At this point you have some sort of vague plan of what you’re doing. By the numbers, most of us are headed to family or a friend’s house with instructions with what to bring (or not). At this stage, no doubt you are experiencing one of two feelings:
Thanksgiving really isn’t about the food (as much as we think it is), it’s really about people gathering together to enjoy each other around the table–idiosyncrasies and all–and be thankful…
What’s the best wine for Thanksgiving Dinner?
The Top 5 Thanksgiving Wines for 2013 (because one is not enough)
See the latest Thanksgiving Wine guide here
Hopefully, you’ll survive Black Out Wednesday and be ready for another day of drinking. While there are a few ideal turkey pairing wines, there’s more to selecting the best wine for Thanksgiving dinner than the bird. Consider the following:
- Dinner also includes yams, green bean casserole and cranberry sauce.
- Your house will smell redolent of turkey and pumpkin pie spice.
- You may be on a tight budget after buying dinner fixings.
- Ideally, you’ll be drinking all day.
- Crowd pleaser
- Good gift wine
- Will make you drunk
- Good value
1. The Wine to Pair with Turkey
Zinfandel is America’s sweetheart. It’s the ideal turkey pairing wine because its lower tannin helps moisten even the driest turkey. Also, Zinfandel’s secondary flavors of cinnamon, clove and vanilla will put you in the mood for fall.
2. The Perfect Ice-Breaker Wine
The worst moments at a party are right when everyone arrives and they’re all standing around. Awkward. To alleviate superficial weather-talk and bullshit, just truncate it… with the sound of a pressurized cork being removed from a bottle of Champagne. Nothing says ‘let’s get this party started!’ better than the sound of bottles popping.
3. The Wine to Match with Ham
While everyone is gawking at the turkey, you’re the one filling your plate up with baked ham. You might as well all admit that, for you, Thanksgiving is about pork products. You’re going to need some Pinot Noir.
Pinot Noir, a light-bodied red wine, is a great choice for ham wine pairing because the high acidity cuts through the rich flavors. Red fruit flavors like cherry and cranberry work well with a juicy slice of ham.
4. The Best White Wine for Thanksgiving Dinner
When it comes to the best wine for Thanksgiving dinner, nothing beats a glass of dry Riesling. Bright acidity tingles through all the fat in the gravy, stuffing, potatos, yams and the richness of spice in cranberry sauce. Every sip feels like hitting the reset button on your palate so you can stand to take another bite of dark meat. Disagree? They’re so cheap, I dare you to buy one and try it just to prove me wrong.
- $9 Pacific Rim Dry Riesling 2011 ( 12.9% ABV )
5. The Best Wine with Pumpkin Pie
The best wine to pair with pumpkin pie is beer. A Belgian style beer with the essence of coriander and lots of tiny bubbles. The lightness of the beer will help scrape all that gooey pumpkin pie from the insides of your mouth. It will also offer a pleasing compliment of bitter and sweet. Trust me, after all that wine, turkey and stuffing there’s not a better way to end the dinner.
- $12 (750ml) Ommegang Brewery “Hennepin” Farmhouse Saison with citris & coriander ( 7.7% ABV )
- $9 (22oz) Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project “Fluffy White Rabbits” Tripel Ale ( 8.5% ABV )
Pick your own Thanksgiving wines
See the infographic that explores the wines that match with harvest foods and learn how to pair wine and food.