Blessings by the glass
The right wine can round out a traditional Thanksgiving menu.
At Thanksgiving, we often focus our efforts on food and sometimes overlook excellent wine selections. A major holiday is not the time to serve mediocre wines.
Think strongly about “blushing” your way to success by starting your feast with a dry rosé. You can serve it adeptly as an appertif, with the salad or starter course, or easily with the whole meal.
Dry rosé is versatile — it goes with everything except cloyingly sweet desserts. Because it is served chilled, it is refreshing and doesn’t overpower dishes such as turkey, seafood or ham. It goes with foods generally served with white wine or equally well with foods traditionally served with red.
In choosing your white wine, I say play it safe with dry or off-dry Gewürztraminer. Gewurz has lovely floral and fruit aromas/flavors such as rose petals, lychee fruit, honeysuckle, tangerines and Bosc pear. The hint of spiciness in most Gerwurz adds a bump of complexity to the wine.
If you want a red wine for your main course, you have lots of choices. Some of my favorites are Cru Beaujolais (not Nouveau) from a good producer (Thivin or Lapierre), Pinot Noir, Sangiovese, Grenache, Syrah and their blends. Heavier red wines can easily overwhelm your food, so tread lightly.
Count your blessings by the glass this turkey day and enjoy.
Blackbird Vineyards Arriveste 2012 Rosé, Napa Valley, California — $15.99
A dry rosé with aromas of strawberry, raspberry and cranberry. It’s juicy, easy to drink and a true crowd pleaser.
Gundlach Bundschu 2013 Gewürztraminer, Sonoma County, California — $19.99
A lovely, dry Gewurz that smells like a garden in the glass. The spicy character of the wine will work with the abundance of flavors in your Thanksgiving meal.
Goldeneye 2011 Pinot Noir (Duckhorn), Anderson Valley, California — $54.99
This is the most sensuous, seductive and unbelievably delicious Pinot Noir! Aged in French oak, this wine is classy, elegant and will definitely impress your guests.