With Thanksgiving around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about the holiday menu. If you plan on hosting the feast, you’ll need to decide which types of wines pair well with your menu. If you plan on attending as a guest, bringing a bottle of wine is a nice gesture. The typical Thanksgiving menu is elaborate, so how do you choose which types of wine you should bring? Here is a rundown of the various wine selections that are available for the fall holiday.
Chardonnay is one of the most popular picks for white wines, but the oakiness and intensity of the flavors generally do not pair well with Thanksgiving foods. Instead, stick to white wines that are refreshing and fruity. Two good examples: Riesling with a spicy, fruity flavor or Sauvignon Blanc that is light and crisp. They won’t be overpowering and will complement the heavier foods nicely.
Red wines are perfectly acceptable for a Thanksgiving feast even though some tend to be on the heavier side. Cabernet, for example, isn’t recommended because it is high in tannins, very tart and doesn’t pair well with turkey breast. Stick to lighter reds that will taste delicious with your meal and add a visual punch. Wines to consider for your holiday meal include Pinot Noir, Zinfandel and Syrah.
Sparklers are a great choice for Thanksgiving because they are light, refreshing and bubbly. Sparklers have a way of making the meal more fun and lively, especially when they are served in champagne flutes. You can serve sparklers when guests are arriving, but when the meal is being served, it’s best to stick to dry sparklers as opposed to the sweet ones.
Don’t Forget Dessert!
When it comes to dessert, you have another choice to make, as not all wines pair well with sweets. Whether you’re serving up pumpkin pie or oatmeal raisin cookies, try some of these dessert wines: Muscat, Riesling or Port.
Napa Valley is home to some of the best wines in the world! If you plan on visiting, surprise your guests by picking up a few bottles of wine from one of our local wineries. Or, check out the local wineries that will ship bottles of wine to the home, such as Robert Mondavi Winery or Franciscan Estate Winery.