No time of the year is as special as the holiday season, and kicking it off with Thanksgiving brings families and friends together all over the United States to celebrate the tradition our Pilgrims started. Fall crops cook up such warmness in the household – the rich aromas fill the air and our tastebuds start to salivate. Follow this guide for the best wines you can pair with the cuisines of Thanksgiving. In general, looking for wines with higher acidity and lower tannins are built for the dining room table. Wines with too much tannins will over power your food rather than compliment. Wine Expression’s suggestion is to stop by a local wine shop and ask for their favorites from these varietals.
CHAMPAGNE / SPARKLING WINE
Why? Who doesn’t love to start out with some bubbly while enjoying some hors d’oeuvres and conversation? These wines easily get you in the celebratory mood as well as jump starting your palate. The high acidity and elegant flavors pair with just about anything, so one could actually enjoy the bubbly through the entire meal. Your head may not thank you though in the morning.
SANCERRE / POUILLY-FUMÉ
Why? Sauvignon Blanc from the regions of Sancerre and Pouilly-Fumé in France are not only delicious on their own, but they pair tremendously well with those green veggies! These wines have lovely acidity that most other Sauvignon Blancs across the globe do not.
Why? Chenin Blanc is quite a versatile white wine that will pair with those green veggies, autumnal ingredients like mushrooms, and goes wonderfully with turkey and gravy! It’s our go-to over Chardonnay any day.
Why? It’s the ultimate Thanksgiving red wine that pairs with just about everything. The grape in Beaujolais is Gamay and it has very little tannins with nice acidity, making it the perfect red wine on its own or at the table. Also a red wine that can stand up to the tartness of cranberry sauce!
Why? Because it’s not only versatile, but ever since that influential movie Sideways, it seems to be everyone’s favorite wine. Like Gamay, it’s relatively low in tannins and high in acidity – at least it should be.
Why? Because it may be a challenge to pronounce let alone remember how to spell for your shopping list…haha. But in all seriousness, this is the trendy grape right now. Time for you to discover the versatility of this Sicilian babe. I like to think of it as an alternative to Pinot, but with that sassiness you expect from a Sicilian.