Wednesday, November 27, 2013

A quick "Tips and Sips" for Thanksgiving wines

Just a quick posting to toss out some favorites for Thanksgiving wines. In terms of white wine, you really can't go wrong with Sparkling wine, such as Champagne from France, Cava from Spain or even Prosecco from Italy. The wines won't overpower your food (like Chardonnay would) and all the complex pairings will work out well (e.g. think of a typical Thanksgiving spread--lots of different flavors which would make it tough to pair just "one" wine with everything). If you are not a bubbles fan (shame on you!) an excellent plan B is Viognier. Viognier is a very yummy grape that pairs well with many of the foods as well. Try to find the white blend by Treana or Tablas Creek. If you can't find one of those (try Costco!), perhaps try a DRY Riesling (emphasis on dry--which is NOT sweet). A perfect example is Chateau St. Michelle's Eroica Riesling (around $25).

In terms of red, Beaujolais Nouveau is out now and is always a youthful, fun wine to have with turkey. If that's too light/fruity for you there is always Pinot Noir--try Acacia or anything from Russian River Valley, Carneros (both California) or something from Oregon's Willamette Valley. It can be tough to find a 'good, cheap' (those words together) Pinot though! As always, a RED Zinfandel is a great option to toss out there; go for a Ridge blend and you'll be pleased but anything from Amador County, Lodi or even Napa/Sonoma will work!

So there's a quick shopping list for your feast! Have a WONDERFUL thanksgiving! Blessings to you and yours!