If you’re anything like me, you’ve been prepping for Thanksgiving for weeks. Everything from the table decor to the food menu has been carefully considered. The only thing left to do is decide which wines to invite to your Thanksgiving table this year. Playing the happy hostess can seem daunting in this regard. For that reason, I’ve gathered a list of five American wines to enjoy on this all-American holiday, making your hosting responsibilities a breeze.
The key to a successful wine lineup on Thanksgiving is variety…think reds, whites, and rosé. The range of flavors on the Thanksgiving table require versatile wines that can pair well with turkey and all the trimmings. Look for generous, fruit forward wines with great natural acidity. As much as I love my Napa Cabernet, today may be a good day to opt for a lighter bodied wine with less tannin and alcohol. Lastly, I recommend having 1 bottle of wine on hand per person, at least according to my experience with dinner parties. There is a worst thing than overcooking the turkey…running out of wine.
This certified organic white Rhone blend from Dry Creek Valley is a favorite of mine. Dry and complex, the Roussanne base mingles nicely with Viognier, Grenache Blanc, and Marsanne. The overall rich wine has floral, peaches and cream flavors that are brightened with fresh acidity. Aromatic and alluringly fruity, the Madame Preston will certainly stand up to the big flavors of Thanksgiving.
Pale peach in color, this 100% varietal rosé derives from Walla Walla Valley in Washington. It brings vibrant aromas of tart apple, sour cherry, and warm spices. The flavors are complemented by a sleek and mouthwatering acidity. I would pair this rosé with goat cheese canapés or warm apple pie.
Pinot Noir is the ultimate wine to pair with a Thanksgiving feast and this Stoller Pinot Noir Reserve from Dundee Hills Oregon does not fail to impress. This warm, rich wine begins with baked cherries and candied ginger. Ripe plum and cedar continue on the palate, with a hint of cinnamon and rum on the finish. Pair this with mushroom caps, spice brined turkey, and cranberry chutney!
If you haven’t heard, Merlot is making a comeback in strides. A beauty like this Carneros bottling indeed helps the cause. Velvety and plush, this Duckhorn classic offers flavors of plums and mocha that pair with both the savoriest to the lightest of Thanksgiving fare.
If a bold red is what your guests desire, indulge them with this amazing single varietal Petit Verdot grown from the Oregon side of the Walla Walla Valley. Barrel spice, licorice, fresh herb, coriander, and cherry notes makes this Petite Verdot a friendly pairing for many Thanksgiving dishes.
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