Food may be the thing everyone talks about for this holiday but the wines that you serve alongside that food are what really make it shine. Plus, no matter how much you love them everyone needs a little wine to deal with the relatives. Don’t lie. It’s the holidays people, don’t be afraid to pop the bottles.
Pinot Noir is the classic Thanksgiving wine, and not for no reason. Pinot Noir is the quintessential food wine, it adapts beautifully to a wide range of dishes, which makes it a perfect addition to your Thanksgiving table. Full of notes of earth, spice and bright cherry there are very few foods with which Pinot Noir does not pair nicely. This wine will compliment everything from the juicy turkey to the earthy stuffing to the bright tart cranberry sauce.
Chardonnay is another Thanksgiving classic. Chardonnay is a versatile wine with lots of different flavor profiles and characteristics depending on how it is made and aged. But one common characteristic across almost all Chardonnay’s is its rich texture. Matching the texture of the wine to the texture of the food is a great way to make a food pairing work and a nice, slightly oaked chardonnay would go beautiful with a rich, flavorful stuffing. Plus Chardonnay is right at home with butter and cream in any form and butter is something that should definitely not be lacking on your table this holiday.
Viognier is underrated in its ability to pair with food, it is a wine that goes really well with cooking methods that help to bring out the sweetness in the foods, meaning anything that has been slow roasted, caramelized, smoked or even deep fried. All this makes it a wine you will definitely want around after cooking all day. Viognier goes really well with rich thick sauces like that homemade gravy and caramelized or roasted vegetables. It also goes perfectly with the sweet juicy turkey and last but not least those sweet potatoes that are dotted with the little mini marshmallows.
Roussanne is actually similar to Viognier in its underrated ability to pair with food. It is also similar to chardonnay in that it pairs well with richly textured dishes that pick up on the rich texture of the wine. This means it is yet another wine for which you can bring on the butter and the cream. This wine can match their texture and cut through some of the fat and richness with its bright acidity. Roussanne pairs nicely with slow roasted vegetables, with the turkey, with cloves and with cranberries.
Enjoy your Thanksgiving and don’t forget to keep checking back for more, including a Thanksgiving leftover sandwich and an apple cider bourbon cocktail.