Tomorrow is Thanksgiving and of course I’m not cooking, but I’ll bring the wine! I’ll say this for the hosts who won’t, DO NOT show up empty handed. Oh and some of you will probably need the wine to make it through dinner…that’s another blog topic.
I reached out to my Bous and here are some wine recommendations and tips for Thanksgiving.
Kevinnie of The Winewives Brand
Ok for turkey, definitely frogs leap Zinfandel ($27) it’s got a smoky/spice flavor to it perfect for a turkey. I’m not a huge fan of bold wine but this one is the ish. Plus it’s got a higher alcohol content for dealing with your family 🤣. I love the R. Stuart co Love Oregon for a Pinot noir. Perfect for a cranberry flavor or mashed potato.”
Mallory of PlaidShirtYogaPants
“Looking to save yourself from a wine headache? Try drinking wine from Italy or France!
Drinking wine from Europe doesn’t have to be expensive if you know what you are looking for. My two favorite wines are Bordeaux – a mixture of Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon and Chianti Classico- from the Sangiovese grape.
Each of these wines can be as little at $10 or and grand as $50. Fun fact – these two wines are named after the region they come from, rather than the specific grapes.
I prefer to drink these wines while I’m eating on cheese, enjoying dark meat turkey, or snacking on pasta.”
Kerry of Travelerbroads
“Bringing wine to a Thanksgiving party is the perfect gift because even if you don’t get around to drinking it then the host can enjoy it at another time.” I was with Kerry when she purchased this wine with zero additives. We were able to sample it and it had so much texture but was delicious!
Pearl Wine Company hosted an event last night specifically for Wines to Pair with Thanksgiving Dinner. You can also call their Wine Pairing Hotline at 504-483-6314.
Here are some suggested pairings from Pearl Wine:
1. This one is a biodynamic wine and it is blend of Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc & the thanksgiving favorite – Gamay! It’s from J. Mourat from Fiefs Vendeens in the Loire Valley.
2. This one is 100% Gamay from the Morgon appellation in Beaujolais. There is lots of granite & schist in this soil, which helps this stand out from your average Beaujolais, which tends to be notoriously juicy.
3. Leucquois, from Lelievre, is a Blanc de Noirs from Lorraine in NE France. It’s a biodynamic sparkling wine and is 95% Gamay & 5% Pinot Noir. It is bright enough to satisfy anyone who sparkling but robust enough to work for the grumpy uncle who claims he doesn’t drink wine.
4. Domaine Bellegarde Jurançon is a dessert wine made from Petit Manseng and Gros Manseng. It’ll have a little more depth than certain late harvest styles of wine, but can stretch between a whole spread of pies all the way to blue cheese and honey or even pairs nicely with fresh espresso. We just got this in on a special order, and there’s a solid dad joke hiding in the grapes – Thanksgiving dinner isn’t over until the Petit Manseng.
5. La Fruitiere, is a Loire Valley White made from Chardonnay, Melon de Bourgogne (the grape always used in muscadet), and Sauvignon Blanc. This one has enough minerality from the Melon to be great with appetizers & sides, enough acid from the Sauvignon Blanc to cut through Ham, and enough fruit from the Chardonnay to bring out the more subtle flavors in your turkey.
6. Montagny ‘Les Bassets’ is a white burgundy – 100% Chardonnay. It is full bodied with enough acidity and mineral presence to settle with the sweet potatoes or green bean casserole and really stretch some of the more mild flavors in your thanksgiving dinner.
Now what time is dinner?