Thanksgiving Sale: Wines To Pair With Your Festive Turkey & More
Wines and Thanksgiving always go hand in hand, but have you ever wondered about the best bottles to pair with your dishes? Here’s our take on the best dishes to pair with different types of wines – rather than trying to match wines to individual flavours or dishes, we recommend going for bottles that complement a wide variety of foods. Why? Because these traits beautifully complement a traditional Thanksgiving menu.
We start with reds that were chosen for their bold, red fruit flavours, but also light tannins and moderate acidity. Red fruit flavours mimic the tartness of cranberry sauce and match well with spices such as clove, allspice, and cinnamon. Plus, lighter tannin and acidity pair perfectly with the texture and intensity of turkey. Subtle earthiness also complements the umami-rich flavour of gravy.
Pinot Noir is generally a perfect pairing for Thanksgiving, showing classic fall flavours like cranberry, red apple skin, dried leaves, and allspice. The Gramona Bru Pinot Noir 2017 ( $87) is relatively intense with wild fruit like blackberries and blackcurrants, with a floral overtone that melts into aromatic notes from the wine’s ageing – vanilla, pepper, tobacco leaves and hints of chocolate. Great with stews and turkey!
Alternatively, try the Buena Vista Sonoma County Zinfandel 2017 ( $59), with concentrated notes of strawberry and red raspberry. Firm tannin structure, balanced acidity and a long finish make this wine the perfect complement to lighter meat dishes. We also like the Domaine Breton Trinch Bourgueil 2017 ( $52), 100%, organic and biodynamic and made from Cabernet Franc. Pure dark berry fruit with a touch of thyme. Delicious and clean fruit character that’s easy to pair.
For whites, you’re looking for something with a little sparkle and sharpness that can also dance together with a broad range of foods. Try something young and fresh with ‘green’ notes, like the Mt Difficulty Roaring Meg Riesling 2017 ($52). Think clean citrus with lovely elderflower floral aromas, and a palate dominated by succulent ripe citrus flavours that will go well with everything from salads to lighter meats.
Don’t forget Pinot Grigio, a very versatile wine that’s great for Thanksgiving flavours. The Lis Neris Pinot Grigio 2017 ($56) displays aromatics of pink fruits in a terroir-driven style – rich and soft with a gently savoury finish. We also like the Mt Difficulty Roaring Meg Pinot Gris 2016 ($50), which boasts aromatics reminiscent of a fruit cocktail full of stonefruit, melon and green mango. These characters are richly replicated on the palate, with a full textured mid-palate and an off-dry finish. Yum.
Sparkling Wines & Rosé
Thanksgiving is not complete without a good bubbly to set things going. Not to mention, they are also excellent pairing bottles for most types of feasts. Pop open a bottle of Champagne Tarlant Brut Tradition N.V ($90), a magnificent food champagne marked by the dominance of black grape varieties. Generous and powerful with notes of mirabelle, grilled almond and warm apple. Round and structured with hints of honey cake and of caramel, this is both a great starter or finisher for your Thanksgiving dinner.
It’s perfectly acceptable to serve rosé on Thanksgiving as it’s a food-friendly wine that pairs with a variety of dishes, from turkeys and gravies to all those yummy sides. The Château de Berne Esprit Mediterranee 2018 ($39) is a delicate wine with notes of fresh strawberry and raspberry, pleasantly balanced with a long round finish. Did we mention the gorgeous seductive bottle?
You might also be interested in the Domaine Breton La Ritournelle AOC Rose 2018 ($50), an uncommonly delicious and elegant rosé from our friends Pierre and Catherine Breton in Bourgueil. The wine shows beautiful aromas of wild strawberry, raspberry, peach skin, citrus peel and rose. It’s light in body but with lovely length and density and a pretty finish of berry fruits and minerals.