Ready for some helpful Thanksgiving wine pairing tips? These are meant to help you thoroughly enjoy Thanksgiving!
Thanksgiving Wine Pairing Tips
White: Let Acidity Play Center Stage. Riesling (semi-dry to dry), Sauvignon Blanc, Gewurztraminer and Viognier have a nice acidity that marries beautifully with most of the dishes you’ll serve, especially the heavier dishes. Also, these wines do a nice job cleansing the palate.
Red: Find Reds that Support the Food. I recommend Pinot Noir, Syrah and Zinfandel. Pinot Noir is the food friendliest of all red wines, so it’s one that you should be sure to have. Pinot Noirs often have aromas and flavors of cherry, strawberry, cranberry and mushroom, making it a good match for Thanksgiving. Syrah and Zinfandel are bigger reds that support the heavier dishes.
Sparkling Wines and Rosés: Celebrate with These. Sparkling wines and dry rosés pair beautifully with just about every Thanksgiving dish, so include them and encourage people to try them. Like the acidic whites, these wines are good cleansers, seemingly giving you more room for the delicious food.
Family Style: The Best Approach. Serve all the wines you decide will work well with your meal, and let people choose which ones they want. You can suggest pairings, but leave the pouring and drinking decisions up to your guests. They’ll be happier, and you’ll have an easier job – something to be thankful for.
Dessert: Serve Sweet Desserts with Sweeter Wines. Be sure the wine you serve with dessert is sweeter than the dessert. If it’s not, both the dessert and the wine might taste a little bitter. Safe bets with sweet desserts are ports and late harvest dessert wines. These also pair well with more savory desserts such as caramelized nuts, blue cheese and figs. Fruity Cabernet Sauvignons also work well with savory desserts.
I hope you found these Thanksgiving wine pairing tips helpful. More importantly, I hope you have a happy, healthy Thanksgiving. Be grateful for your family and friends. Be grateful for the food and wine you have on your table. Be grateful for all the positive things you have in your life.