by South Lyndale Wine Team
With friends and family at the table there is no wrong way to go. Flavors abound and good times are all that need to be had. The best pair for wine is festivity!!!
This is the best time of the year to embrace Riesling and Gewurztraminer. Why? Tremendous natural acidity plus a touch of sweetness (sometimes). And don’t forget personality! The flavor profiles of these wines is unique and delicious offering stone fruit, exotic fruit and spice.
Other wines that fit the bill: Viognier, Assyrtiko, or go big and reach for some Burgundy (CHABLIS!!!). For refreshing palate cleansers think Pinot Blanc or Gruner Veltliner.
During a Thanksgiving feast we will likely find ourselves with a dish that doesn’t work. No worry. There will be other wine at the table. Like red wine!
Beaujolais, all the way from Nouveau to the Crus, will work with so many things at the table who needs anything else? Gamay has everything: fruit, earth and spice.
Another grape that performs well at a high level when Thanksgiving comes is Pinot Noir. It’s underlying earth tones along with its fruit and acid eaisly pair with many holiday dishes. Syrah/Shiraz (from lighter styles to fuller-bodied) add pepper, meat and sometimes clove notes. We can’t forget Zinfandel. Zin is Zin, it offers plush body, big supple fruit and intensity.
Rosé and bubbles
When in doubt, think rose (just about any) and bubbles! Just about any rose will work. One with more weight will work even better. With bubbles avoid the ones that are too dry (Extra Brut or Brut Nature).
- Riesling-Robert Weil, Keller, Teutonic, Pewsey Vale, Penfolds or most others.
- Gewurztraminer-Teutonic or Banyan
- Viognier-Opolo, Ferraton Cotes du Rhone (blend), or Triennes (touch of salinity)
- Burgundy-Servin, Moreau or Dampt (Petite Chablis)
- Pinot Blanc or Gruner Veltliner- Hugel or Lageder (Pinot Blanc), Wimmer Czerny or Hopler (Gruner Veltliner) AND BIG SALT!!!
- Beaujolais-not many that won’t do the trick.
- Pinot Noir-Again, most will work and we carry them from all over-Italy, Greece, Australia, Germany, France, Chile, Oregon and California.
- Syrah/Shiraz-Cecillon (for a lighter style) or Wind Gap. Stolpman La Cuadrilla and Stolpman Ballard Canyon for fuller. Schild Estate for bold and smoky.
- Zinfandel-Bodkin, Shannon Ridge, Cline Ancient Vine. Anything Ridge. Groom Barossa or for something super unique, Stirm (blended with Riesling).
Here are some Rosés!
And here are some bubbles
And some more bubbles...