I love wine during the holiday season! It is the great connector and the ideal solution to help you get along better with estranged family and fair-weather friends. Often times, I am asked which wines to buy with the intentions of pairing with the traditional Thanksgiving meal. Roasted turkey with gravy, cornbread and sage dressing, cranberry sauce, candied yams, and the wine. Of course, wine pairings aren't an exact science. It's about what you like. But here are some suggestions based strictly on characteristics of the wines. One of my first recommendations is always Riesling. I choose Riesling because of its perfect balance of acidity and fruitiness. Its acidic nature make it a great food wine in general. Its subtle notes of peach and honeysuckle make it an awesome match for ham and palatable with the turkey. If you prepare dishes with a little "heat", Riesling is a great option for spicy foods. My second recommendation is Gewurtraminer. With its classic essence of pie spices such as cloves, allspice, and cinnamon, it pairs extremely well with the yams, the turkey and dressing. Still balanced with acidity, the Gewurtraminer offers enough fruit to keep even the sweet wine lovers engaged. Finally, Pinot Noir is the soft, supple red with notes of black cherry, raspberry, and a hint of vanilla (compliments of the oak fermentation) that is acidic enough to handle pork, the turkey, and the green vegetables. And for those guests who swear that they can only drink reds, Pinot Noir will be a perfect crowd pleaser.
Disclaimer: All families aren't the same. If you are in my family, you may want to consider doing shots. I'm thinking tequila. What were you thinking?
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