There’s a lot to think about if you’re hosting Thanksgiving dinner. How long to cook that turkey, what sides will you serve…and how many people are coming exactly? Or if you’re like me, and visiting, the wine you bring will be one of your main contributions. Either way, we are here to help you with your Thanksgiving wine picks!
Each month, Wine Pairing Weekend bloggers share wine pairings based on different themes. We’re a group that thinks a lot about great combinations of food and wine. Earlier this month, we shared some creative Thanksgiving food and wine pairings. Now that we are just one week away, we thought we’d ask #winePW about their Thanksgiving wine picks to give you some ideas. Here’s what they had to say:
Pull that Cork: We at Pull That Cork will be spending Thanksgiving Day with friends, wine friends that is. We will be taking a 2006 Michel Loriot Inspiration de saison Extra Brut Champagne. We love our Champagne. Also, for the Pinot Noir lovers in the group we are contributing a 2008 Acacia Pinot Noir. Yes, we love Pinot Noir too! Our friends are cooking, so we know the food will be delicious.
Happy Thanksgiving from Peter and Nancy!
ENOFYLZ Wine Blog: We always open multiple bottles of wine for Thanksgiving. We always have a sparkling wine because they’re so food friendly and it seems to make the gathering more festival. This year that will be a 2003 Roederer Estate L’Ermitage. Other wines we’ll be serving are 2013 Donkey and Goat Stone Crusher Roussane, an orange wine, and the 2011 Onesta Bechthold Cinsault from a 130 year old vineyard! For dessert it will be Warre’s Otima 10 year Tawny Port.
Vino Travels: I can’t say I’m 100% sure what I’ll be drinking for Thanksgiving this year, but I’ll definitely be opening a Finger Lakes Riesling as I make an annual trip there and always enjoy one with my Thanksgiving meal. For reds I’m torn, but possibly an Amarone or one of my VIno Nobile di Montepulciano or Brunello di Montalcino. I save opening these bottles for special occasions and usually holidays.
Culinary Adventures with Camilla: Our family’s Thanksgiving tradition is adventure. I rarely have turkey on my table and this year is no exception. Since we will be feasting in our new-to-us home, I decided that that theme for this year will be: putting down roots. I’ll be serving soup and salads made with root vegetables along with Donkey & Goat’s Roussanne; DeRose’s Négrette will accompany our Fennel-Leek-Orange Osso Buco with Roasted Turnips with Parmesan and Butter Braised Radishes; and we’ll finish with a duo of Halter Ranch wines to go with a Spiced Parsnip Cake and Bittersweet Cremeux with Buddha’s Hand Crème Anglaise.
Rockin Red Blog: Our Thanksgivings are usual quiet events; my parents will join my husband, myself and our teens for a traditional Southern meal with lots of food and pie! A perennial wine favorite at our Thanksgiving table is Trefethen’s Dry Riesling 2012 Oak Knoll District Napa Valley. It is a crisp well balanced wine that really blends all the flavors and textures of Thanksgiving together beautifully. Additionally we like to include a Pinot Noir as another great pairing with the meal. This year’s Pinot Noir selection is Del Dotto Cinghiale Vineyard 2009 Sonoma Coast. Cheers!
Tasting Pour: Tasting Pour believes Oregon Pinot Noir is the perfect pairing for a traditional Thanksgiving meal. If you like this style of wine, it is the way to go. Join us as we explore our cellar and determine the perfect wine for our table. In the process you may determine the perfect wine to make you truly thankful.
Cooking Chat: We will start with a white or perhaps bubbly as we nibble on appetizers. I’ll pick that wine after I decide what appetizer(s) I’m bringing to the feast. I’ve been focused more on which Pinot Noir to bring for the main course featuring turkey. I’m going to start by opening the 2011 Deux Verres Reserve Pinot Noir from Torii Mor in the Willamette Valley, then perhaps move down the coast to the 2012 Taft Street Russian River Valley Pinot Noir. I recently blogged about 10 Pinot Noir for Thanksgiving options if you’d like some more ideas!