Turkey is one of the most flexible of meats when it comes to wine. Quite flexible perhaps that almost any kind of wine will certainly give you the best Thanksgiving Day dinner that you won’t forget so easily. The white meat is light enough to handle white wines, yet full of delicious flavor enough to handle lighter more delicate reds.
The dark meat can stand up to sweeter red wines. In this case, wine pairings are complicated by delicious side dishes, type of stuffing or dressing, the gravy and all the trimmings that make Thanksgiving family traditions like nothing else in the world. It has been considered that wine is the best drink to have on Thanksgiving.
Aside from that, it may give you’re an unstable dinner experience. However, trying out different wine brands or types may prove challenging. Since you’re here, we’ll be more than happy to sort things out for you:
- Pinot Noir + Turkey gives it balanced acidity and generous fruit intensity makes it go especially well with the different flavors of the Thanksgiving feast. Other options include Merlot, Zinfadel, Chardonnay or Riesling.
- Riesling + Potatoes (mash or roast) makes the entire dish more savory that will make your mouth water and will make you hungry even though you’re not. You can also try out Cabernet Sauvignon especially if you have gravy.
- Chardonnay + Stuffing pairs very well like a match made in heaven. Sparkling wines and Processo can be a wonderful alternative.
- Champagne + Pumpkin Pie can make your desserts a nice end to a beautiful dinner. If you want something else, try Prosecco, Riesling or Dry Rosé as other good choices.
- Zinfadel + Cranberry Sauce if you want to focus on enhancing your sauces which in turn make your dishes more than delicious.
- Brussel Sprout + Cabernet Sauvignon Rosé can be an ultimate pair especially for people who like that tiny hint of sweetness with plenty of flavor.
Thanksgiving can be a great time to test drive new wines you haven’t tried before. Don’t be afraid to explore new territory. When choosing a wine to pair with the spread, be sure to pick a wine that your guests will enjoy and you can’t go wrong. Happy Thanksgiving!
What creative ways have you celebrated Thanksgiving or other holidays? We’d love to hear it from you in the comments section below.