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Thanksgiving Wine Picks from #winePW Bloggers

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!

Pull That Cork Thanksgiving Wine Picks

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!

Torii Mor Pinot Noir, a good Thanksgiving wine option

10 Great Grilling Recipes with Wine Pairings

grilled chicken paired with a viogner. 1 of 10 grilling recipes with wine pairings from Wine Pairing Weekend.

Yesterday on Cooking Chat I put together a list of 20 Favorite Grilling Recipes. That seems like a good resource, but I realized with so many recipes we didn’t get into the wine pairings much.  But I suspect there is also some interest in grilling recipes with wine pairings, so today we share 10 ideas here.

Simply Scrumptious Grilled Chicken with Garlic Basil Butter: Bone-in chicken breasts can be a good value. Many online recipes for them can get a bit complicated; my recipe streamlines the process with tasty results! I served this with a 2012 Domaine de Gournier Viogner, thinking it would work with the chicken as well the side of pesto pasta we had. Serving the chicken with more basic sides, I might opt for a fuller bodied white like a Chardonnay or white Rhone varietal blend.

Grilled Swordfish and Eggplant with Fusilli and Tomatoes I’m a fairly new convert to the virtues of eggplant. Grilling is the key for me. This Sicilian inspired combination was very good, shared for a Sunday Supper event earlier this summer. As part of his Sunday Supper wine picks, Martin from ENOFYLZ Wine Blog recommended serving this with a 2013 Tablas Creek Vineyard Patelin de Tablas Rosé. That sure sounds like a great idea to me!

2012 Guffens-Heynen Macon-Pierreclos Le Chavigne white Burgundy pairs nicely with grilled salmon.Grilled Salmon with Mango Salsa We love our salmon here! Often I grill it with just a simple soy marinade, but made it a bit fancier with a yummy mango salsa for the July Wine Pairing Weekend event. I served with with the 2012 Guffens-Heynen Macon-Pierreclos Le Chavigne from Burgundy, and was very pleased with the fruit and honey taste in the wine picked up the mango salsa. This is a great bottle and not as expensive as many Burgundies, but you could also serve this with a soft, aromatic white like Viogner.

Grilled Swordfish with Garlic Soy Marinade This simple, go-to recipe for grilled swordfish often gets paired with a rosé . When we posted it on this site earlier this year, we paired it with the 2013 Banshee Rosé of Pinot Noir from Sonoma. You could do other rosés, but go with a pretty substantial one. Regular Pinot Noir works here, too.

Grilled Swordfish with Pineapple Salsa Gotta love salsa! The pineapple in this one gets grilled along with the fish, great flavors. A medium bodied rosé is again the call here, I’d say. The Banshee mentioned above would work well, or about any rosé from Bandol would be a good pairing, I’d say.

Heaven Sent Grilled Pork Chops:  The succulent bone-in pork chops with a simple garlic cumin rub get their name from our nine year old’s reaction to how tasty they are! Consider this one if you’re looking for something that packs a lot of flavor with minimal work. We served this with a 2010 Azienda Agraria La Perticaia Montefalco Rosso from Umbria for our pairing. A nice blend of fruit and spice, with enough heft to work with the chops. I’d say a Garnacha or Tempranillo from Spain would be another good option.

grilled pork chops paired with an Italian red blend.

Cilantro and Lime Marinaded with Chipotle Cream This is one of my all-time favorite recipes, especially served with these Sweet Potatoes with Cumin Sage Butter. This was another Wine Pairing Weekend event pairing, served with the 2009 Le Pousseur Central Coast Syrah from Bonny Doon. This particular Syrah has a finesse and flavor profile that makes it work very well with the dish. You could try other Syrahs that fit the profile, but many would be too over the top. A full bodied pinot could also work.

Grilled Steak with Garlic Cumin Rub  This is another easy option for a low maintenance weekend grilling plan. We went with the 2011 Halter Ranch Syrah from Paso Robles, and its bold flavors are a nice match for the steak. You could try other big bold reds you enjoy with this one, a Cabernet could certainly work here.

Grilled Steak Tacos with Awesome Avocado Chimichurri Sauce: Entertaining this weekend? This is a great way to get your guests some steak without breaking the the bank! A few pieces of beef along with the tasty sauce makes a a great taco. “Awesome” was the operative word for the sauce when we served it to family at a recent gathering. We had this with a Portuguese red blend, and that worked pretty nicely. A zinfandel could be another good option.

Burgers Topped with Garlicky Arugula I had some extra arugula on hand from the CSA awhile back, and came up with this tasty topping for burgers. The spice in it lead me to recommend a zinfandel. I paired it with the 2007 Chatom Vineyard Zinfandel, but you could try any zin you like.

Seared Trout on the Grill with a Tropical Viogner Sarah from Curious Cuisiniere came up with this one for our July Wine Pairing Weekend event. This post demonstrates that cooking whole fish on the grill can be pretty easy, and is especially nice served with a good wine! Sarah served it with the Lewis Station Winery’s Sparkling Waters White, a Viogner with some tropical fruit blended in. A Muscadet comes to mind as another option for this one.

So there you are, 10 ideas for grilling recipes with wine pairings. Lots of ways you can combine grilled food with good wine as you enjoy the weekend. Let us know what tasty pairings you come up with!

Grilled Chicken Paired with L’Instant Malbec Rosé

L'Instant Malbec Rosé paired with grilled chickenThe other night I was planning on a quick meal of grilled chicken drumsticks, featuring Stonewall Kitchen Honey Barbecue Sauce and a side of pasta with grilled broccoli. My timing was good for finding a wine pairing for the grilled chicken with BBQ sauce, as I was at Pairings Wine and Food earlier in the day. Ray mentioned they are featuring the Chateau Vincens L’Instant Malbec Rosé in a one-day special this Tuesday, August 5. I suspected the deep colored Rosé would work nicely with our meal, so grabbed a bottle to do a little preview tasting.

I got a fresh taste of watermelon and strawberries on the wine, a refreshing complement to the grilled chicken as well as the pasta, which featured plenty of garlic. This wine is from the Côtes du Lot region of Southwestern France, including the appellation Cahors. We tend to associate Malbec with Argentina, but this area is its original home. The grape is also referred to as Côt Noir there.

I like to make most of my own sauces and dips, but do keep a few things on hand when I need some quick flavor. Stonewall Kitchen offers many such products, and this Honey BBQ sauce is definitely a tasty one. If you happen to be in the Winchester, MA area, you can pick it up at Pairings along with the wine to repeat the pairing for yourself. You can also order Stonewall Kitchen products on their website.

Full disclosure: I’m a long-time loyal Pairings customer–I get most of my wine there.  I’ve just recently started helping them with their social media. I mention the promotion not as part of that work but to help folks that want to find the wine for a good price!

Duck Legs Paired with an Off-Dry Pinot Gris

duck legs with an off-dry Holman Ranch Pinot Gris. Culinary Cam #winePW post.

photo coursesy of Culinary Cam

Today I wanted to highlight a pairing from our first Wine Pairing Weekend Back in June. For the inaugural #winePW event, Culinary Cam paired duck legs with an off-dry Pinot Gris from Holman Ranch, which they call their “5 degree Brix”.  Cam does a nice job breaking down the brix and off-dry terms in her #winePW post. I also like the way Culinary Cam incorporated the lemon taste she got in the wine into her preparation, using a Meyer lemon marmalade to glaze the duck legs. So if you are looking for a good way to prepare duck legs and a good wine to enjoy with it, check out Cam’s post for all the details!

A Sauvignon Blanc for Pasta with Chicken and Goat Cheese

pasta with goat cheese and chicken, pairs well with Sauvignon Blanc

This wine pairing started with a bottle of 2011 Castoro Cellars Sauvignon Blanc, which the folks from SIP Certified had sent for me to come up with a food pairing. I came up with this Pasta with Chicken and Goat Cheese, based on sauv blanc’s affinity for both chicken and goat cheese. The dish also features lemon, capers, and basil, flavors to consider with the wine pairing. I noted I didn’t have a Sauvignon Blanc pairing on the site yet, so I grabbed this one from the Cooking Chat archives!

I got a bit of hibiscus on the nose of the wine, and a fresh and lively taste. I detected kiwi, lemon and a touch of pepper. This picked up the lemon, herbs and onion in the dish nicely. I’d say we got this pairing done right, if I do say so myself! According to the Castoro website, this is their first year producing Sauv Blanc, and I’d say the did quite well.   There’s a bit of Gewurztraminer blended in, which gave I’d say gave it just a touch of spice. A good value at around $15. Castoro Cellars currently has the 2013 vintage of their Sauvignon Blanc out; I’d imagine that would work well, as would other crisp sauv blancs you like.

Full disclosure: I received a complimentary bottle of the wine from SIP to sample. The opinions and recipes here are entirely my own!

Castoro Cellars Sauvignon Blanc. #wine

Wine Grilled Chicken with Lewis Station Winery’s Oaked Chardonnay

Today we start to feature contributions from my fellow Wine Pairing Weekend (#winePW) bloggers. Sarah from Curious Cuisiniere wisely notes that cooking with wine is a good way to set up a nice pairing. For the first #winePW, Sarah made Wine Grilled Chicken and paired it with Lewis Station Winery’s Oaked Chardonnay. In addition to cooking with wine, Sarah also gets some points for using a local to her Wisconsin winery! The recipe features a variety of fresh herbs, and looks pretty easy to prepare. If you can get a bottle of the Lewis Station chard to duplicate Sarah’s recipe that’s great; but if you’ve come to this post looking for something to make with Chardonnay you have on hand, I’m sure your bottle can be readily substituted. Be sure to check out Curious Cuisiniere for all the recipe details and for many other great recipes and pairings!

Wine Grilled Chicken with a Chardonnay for #winePW

photo courtesy of Curious Cuisiniere