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Avoiding a Turkey Wine During the Holidays

Need a good wine for Thanksgiving. We're here to help!

Need a good wine for the Holidays? We're here to help!


Choosing a single wine for Holiday dinner is difficult, given the great variety of foods and flavors. There’s white and dark meat. There are sweet and rich yams, tart cranberries, buttery mashed potatoes, stuffing made with any number of ingredients, and spicy pumpkin pie for dessert. We always have noodles and wild rice. You may want to serve a little of several different types of wine so your guests can taste a wine with each dish. Or you may want to pick one good all-purpose wine. You might serve only American wines at this uniquely American holiday.

The most important consideration is the wine’s taste, how it complements what you’re serving, and what you like. There are no hard-and-fast rules for picking the right Thanksgiving wine.

We always have several wines open and here is a list of what we serve.

The Sparklers: The fine bubbly bite of a great sparkling wine makes any event more lively and special. Serve a flute or two as a starter as guests are arriving, or at the table; they’re wonderful companions for food.
The Whites: Viognier: Floral and fruity, with essences of peach, apricot, and pear. Low acidity. Chenin Blanc: Spicy and slightly sweet with high acidity. Sauvignon Blanc: Light and crisp, with grassy or herbaceous flavors. Higher acidity. Riesling: Can be dry or sweet; spicy, fruity flavor with touches of peaches or apricots and a floral fragrance. Gewurztraminer: Can be dry or sweet. The German word gewurtz means “spiced.” These wines are highly aromatic with floral touches and spice notes such as cloves or nutmeg.
The Rose’: Crisp, light, and fruity, this lovely light pink wine (much drier than syrupy White Zinfandel) might be just the thing to serve with a hearty meal. Serve it chilled.
The Reds: Pinot Noir: Younger wines are fruity with essence of plums, strawberries, cherries, and raspberries. Syrah: Strong spice and black pepper qualities. Older syrahs are fruitier, with some smokiness. Zinfandel: Lots of intense, plummy, jammy flavors with spicy or peppery notes. Beaujolais: Light and dry with fresh, fruity flavors. Choose more recent vintages and serve it slightly chilled.
Dessert Wines: Muscat: Can be white, light, and slightly sweet or dark and quite sweet. Perfumy and musky, with essence of oranges. Serve chilled. Port: Sweet, fairly heavy fortified wine. Younger ports are fruitier. Older ports are less sweet, tawny in color, and have a nuttier flavor from longer aging in wood. Sauternes: Sauternes comes from France and is delightfully sweet, with notes of vanilla, pineapple, and peach.
Come in this weekend and enjoy several of these style of wines on Friday or Saturday. Stock up for the big day!