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Andrea’s Thanksgiving Favorites

November 22, 2010

Thanksgiving is a time for togetherness…it’s an occasion to be spent in the warm and loving company of family and good friends, enjoying helpings of turkey dinner and pumpkin pie. Thanksgiving is also an opportunity to renew the ties that bind us with the ones we love… it is a time for remembering, cherishing and being thankful for all the good things you have been blessed with.

However, one question (always) remains to be asked…what are you drinking? So much of my Thanksgiving revolves around what wines I plan on pairing with the meal; wine is my passion, after all!  I thought I would share some of my picks — however, narrowing it down is a bit difficult, as I have so many favorite pairings in mind! Without boring you or getting overzealous, here are my top 4 picks (in no particular order!) 

Unfortunately, the “turkey day” meal can be very difficult to pair with wine – there’s so much going on around the Butterball. From the richness and of Aunt Peggy’s sweet potatoes to the tang from the cranberry sauce, competing and contrasting flavors abound.  So…what to focus on?  The turkey, of course!  Pinot Gris its perfect match to Turkey so let’s start with the white (it’s the natural pairing, as well.)

My Pinot Gris suggestions are Ponzi and Morgan.

Ponzi, from Oregon, is very floral on the nose with lime zest and green apple. The mouth is chock full of ripe melon, clove notes and zesty citrus finish that carries a perfect play between sweetness and acidity. It’s a very lively Pinot Gris.

My second suggestion comes from Morgan Winery. Morgan makes a beautiful Pinot Gris, as it hails from the cool climate of the Santa Lucia Highlands — the perfect US climate for growing this grape. Tropical fruit, orange blossom and lemon aromas give a graceful, appealing nose. Rich fruit flavors and bright, balancing acidity make this wine a natural pairing.

Moving on to reds – I love the classic pairing of Beaujolais or Pinot Noir. The Beaujolais 2009 vintage has said to be “one the best vintages in years,” and I can agree to that!   My Beaujolais pick comes from a small producer in France; Pierre Chermette. It has tons of ripe cranberry and pomegranate fruit notes and a beautiful spice in the mid-palate that would compliment all the richness of the thanksgiving plate.

Pinot Noir is lots of fun on Thanksgiving, and it’s so good to match with a wide array of foods!

One of my favorites is Joseph Carr Pinot Noir.  All fresh, ripe red fruit on this wine; red cherries, red currants and hints of red raspberries complimented by violets, anise and cinnamon on the palate.  Perfect acidity on the finish.  It’s a tiny production, and not so mainstream, it makes it one of my favorites!  

Those are just a few of my picks for the big bird.  So, what are you drinking??  I’d love to hear what will be on your plates and in your glasses!

With all that said, it’s time to say “Happy Thanksgiving!”  

4 Comments leave one →
  1. Andrew Mitchell permalink
    November 23, 2010 2:24 pm

    Well, since you asked so nicely:

    We’re having roasted chicken (pregnant wife doesn’t care for turkey and pregnant wife gets what she wants) and all the veggie fixin’s with JJ Prum Riesling Kabinett and Poggio Antico Madre IGT.
    Happy Thanksgiving!

  2. Angus Smith permalink
    November 24, 2010 9:21 am

    Have to agree with the cru Beaujolais.

    I like dry Gewurztraminer as an aperitif. Champagne is a lovely starter as well, and a great gift if you are a guest.

    Also, a lovely, more economical gift – and always seemingly forgotten – is a bottle of Moscato or Brachetto!

  3. Patricia Donahue permalink
    November 26, 2010 3:31 pm

    I enjoyed the Ponzi Pinot Gris mentioned as a nice white for Thanksgiving dinner. The wine was refereshing and crisp, very good with light appetizers as well as turkey. Now if you could just get their Pinot Noir on the east coast!

  4. Tom Ellis permalink
    December 9, 2010 5:00 pm

    Love the article & the wine you suggested to us was well received. Thanks for contributing to the success of the holiday meal.

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