There is no holiday more quintessentially American than Thanksgiving: friends, family and food, all in glorious excess. This is a holiday made for day drinking and pants with elastic waistbands. There is never a shortage of helping hands in the kitchen, stories at the dinner table, and enough entrees and side dishes to feed a small army. While this uniquely American holiday dictates some must-have menu items, which wine you'll be serving is where we come in...Here's what we're pairing with our Thanksgiving dinner (and dessert) - and also sending out to members this month:
Château du Durette Régnié (Beaujolais)
If red wine is your thing, look for wines with dominant red fruit flavors that typically pair well with harvest foods and poultry. Beaujolais is a classic pairing option - light bodied yet full of red berry fruit notes, easy to drink, and lovely with a slight chill. Gamay from Beaujolais has been the iconic wine of Thanksgiving for decades. Château de Durette is full of of sweet currant and ripe raspberry notes and the perfect complement to turkey, especially a dry one (looking at you, Aunt Susan).
Domaine Niero (Condrieu)
If you’re more a fan of white wine, aim for aromatic yet crisp whites with lower alcohol content and enough acidity to stand up to the vats of butter and boats of gravy on your dinner table. Viognier from France makes a fantastic accompaniment to all the typical side dishes present during harvest feasts: glazed carrots and yams, green bean casserole, and even roasted brussels sprouts. No one does Viognier better than Condrieu, which keeps yields famously low, making their wines not only rare, but also quite expensive to produce. Domaine Niero Condrieu has notes of apricot, white peach, and honeysuckle.
Domaine de La Roche Moreau (Loire)
Since Thanksgiving is typically a marathon and not a sprint, a buffer between dinner and dessert is always a good call. Sneak away from the kids for an hour, nap to the background sounds of NFL football on TV and mentally prepare for the gut-busting onslaught of pie after pie after whipped topping pie. For this end of meal accompaniment, aim for something sweeter than or as sweet as the desserts being served. Domaine de La Roche Moreau Coteaux du Layon Premier Cru Chaume is a sweet Chenin blanc that contains sweet honey and nectarine notes perfect for sipping while gorging yourself on pie filling.
Remember, Thanksgiving is principally a time to celebrate your blessings. We're thankful for wine this Thanksgiving and all of you, but mostly wine. Happy Thanksgiving!