3 Wines for Your Thanksgiving Table
Thanksgiving means getting together with friends and family to share in the earth’s bounty (also known as overeating) and recognize the things we are thankful for in life (also known as wine).
Pairing the perfect wine with the meal of the year can be daunting—the options are as endless as the plate combinations! And while there’s not one single wine that could stand up from appetizers through dessert, we’ve chosen three of our go-to favorites to pair along the way.
Although fall has us craving heavier white wines, your usual go-to choice of Chardonnay isn’t the most appropriate wine to invite to the Thanksgiving table. Heavy oak influence can clash with the rich, savory notes of the meal you’ve slaved over all day. If you’re serving white wine, opt for floral, fruity, and ultimately refreshing. Our Viognier is the perfect wine to take your guests from appetizers through the main course, where the turkey will highlight the wine’s fruitier notes.
Try this: 2014 Amador County Viognier
Although it might feel more logical to pair white wine with poultry, Thanksgiving also calls for vibrant reds that were born to be paired with food. Near the top of our food-friendly red wine list lies Syrah. This varietal is strong and spicy, with a light berry brightness on the palate. This wine can handle everything from a sausage-heavy stuffing to a tart cranberry sauce and will add more complexity to the cornucopia of flavors already on your table. Sip, sip, Syrah!
Try this: 2012 Amador County Syrah
After the turkey has been gobbled, pie becomes the star of the Thanksgiving show. Whether you’re looking for something to complement that rich, sweet pecan pie, or replace it altogether, dessert wines like port or sherry are a perfect choice. Since traditional pies (like pumpkin) tend to be more savory than sweet, they need a wine that is silky, smooth, and not too heavy. Our full-bodied Black Silk Ruby Red dessert wine holds up to the weight and flavors of any pie.
Now, go on and celebrate with the ones you love. ‘Tis the season to eat, drink, and be thankful!
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