There’s been so much chatter this week about “the perfect wine pairing for Thanksgiving”. We want everything perfect for our guests; the food, the table setting, the decorations and the wine. Well, not to bust your bubble but there is no one perfect wine pairing for the traditional Thanksgiving meal. Wine pairings (like families) are not perfect, but we can get pretty close to perfect on both counts if we put in a little effort. I was so happy when my cousin Kelly over at My Soulful Home suggested we collaborate on a Thanksgiving post. I’m happy to be able to share a coast-to-coast Thanksgiving toast with her!
Here are some wines I’ve tasted this year that are among my personal stand out favorites. My suggestion is to have at least one white and one red selection on the table and let your guests select their favorite.
2010 Pearl Paradise Mountain Viognier, Imagine Wine, Santa Barbara County, CA
Pale yellow in color with green apple, floral and slight perfume aromas. Lemonly tart mid-palate with a hint of caramel on the finish.
Viognier (vee-ohn-yay) pairs nicely with root vegetables, sweet potatoes and cream based dishes.
100% Viognier | $24 |Alcohol 14.5% | 50% new French Oak 50% stainless steel | Sample |
2012 Riesling Thirsty Owl Wine Company, Finger Lakes Region, NY
Lovely light straw color with kiwi aromas. Honeydew and cantaloupe flavors, the finish is vibrant. A medium dry Riesling that is palate-refreshing and will be equally at home on the dessert table as it is on the dinner table. I like this wine with apple pie.
100% Riesling | $15 | Alcohol 11.3% | Sample |
2009 Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir, LaRochelle Winery, Livermore CA
With a tint of brown edging around the glass and a deep garnet color mid-glass; this wine possesses a nice blend of earthy mushroom and dark cherry fragrances. A taste of raisin, blackberry and some earth mid-palate lead into a luscious well balanced finish. Pair with
herb crusted turkey and sausage dressing.
100% Pinot Noir |$35 | Alcohol | 15.2% | 100% French Oak 40% new | Sample |
2011 ‘En Gobelet’ Tablas Creek, Paso Robles, CA
This red blend of four regal grapes is a very special wine. Rich smokey aromas with flavors of blackcherry, currants and coco. A kaleidoscope of fall flavors ending in a luscious finish. Pair with smoked turkey, duck, turkey drumsticks.
29% Mourvedre 27% Grenache 26% Tannat 18% Syrah | $45 (member discounts available) | 13.9% Alcohol | French Oak | Personal Cellar Selection |
If you are unable to find these specific wines in time for your holiday meal, bring the list to your local wine shop, find something similar and share with us what you’ll be pouring. Wishing you and your family all my best this Thanksgiving.
Special thanks to Imagine Wine, Santa Barbara County Vitners’ Association, Finger Lakes Wine Alliance, Thirsty Owl Wine Company, LaRochelle Winery, and Balzac Communications & Marketing for providing wine samples. To Talbas Creek for making amazing wine, and to my cousin Kelly for for inviting us to My Soulful Home. Cheers!