It’s that time of year again to reflect on the things you’re most thankful for in your life. Soon our homes will be filled with our loved ones, and the smells of delicious foods will be wafting from our kitchens. After you’ve perfectly decorated your table and finalized the menu, this tricky question will arise: which wine should we pair with Thanksgiving dinner? Well, we would like to choose all of them! So, this year we’re pairing each of our favorite Thanksgiving dishes with their ideal wine companion.
Sauvignon Blanc + Smoked Salmon
Start off your Thanksgiving celebration with some smoked salmon appetizers and a crisp glass of Sauvignon Blanc. The citrus flavors are delightful on the nose, while its rich body leads to a refined finish on the palate, pairing perfectly with the start of your evening.
Rosé + Brussel Sprouts
The robust flavors of this roasted vegetable pair nicely with a fresh, crisp, dry style, Rosé. Its balanced acidity helps showcase the delicious flavors of this dish. Choose a Rosé with a silky, medium bodied mouthfeel, preferably rounded out with a delicately dry finish.
Chardonnay + Mashed Potatoes
Our Chardonnay’s balanced acidity and bright fruit flavors make it a perfect pairing for rich buttery foods, like mashed potatoes. Everybody loves mashed potatoes and Chardonnay is a crowd pleasing favorite, so it makes sense that these two would be a match made in heaven.
Merlot + Green Bean Casserole
Merlot’s earthier characteristics pair splendidly with green bean casserole. The crispness of the beans mixed with the creaminess of the mushrooms and onions, meld perfectly with this wine. It’s bursting aromas of deep red fruit are silky on the palate, and full of layers.
Red Blend + Stuffing
Stuffing might just be the best part of any Thanksgiving meal, so getting the wine right is imperative. The fruit features of a Red Blend pair beautifully with the traditional fall flavors of stuffing. With hints of spice and notes of dark cherries, this wine leaves a memorable lingering finish.
Pinot Grigio + Turkey
This one may surprise you. Pinot Grigio is a zesty and bright wine that pairs perfectly with your traditional Thanksgiving turkey. It’s crisp medium-bodied mouthfeel is rounded out with flavors of honeysuckle and lime that envelop the palate.
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