Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Thanksgiving Pairing Tips

Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays. It's a time to celebrate and give thanks with family and friends. Unfortunately, with all the stress of menu planning, grocery shopping and cooking, one thing that may be forgotten is the wine. With so many different dishes on the table it is often difficult to choose just one wine. Luckily, white wines are quite versatile and pair well with a variety of foods.

Sauvignon Blanc pairs with everything from shrimp to butternut squash to roast turkey. Chardonnay (the less oak the better) has similar versatility and it's full body make it appropriate for creamed dishes. However, if your preference is red wine, Pinot Noir will subtly support most dishes on your Thanksgiving table without overpowering them.

More robust than white wines, Pinot Noir has very little tannin and will likely blend well with the entire holiday meal. Then there's dessert. Well-chilled late harvest Rieslings, Ice Wines, Gewurztraminer and Ports pair well with sweet desserts as long as the wine is as sweet or sweeter than the confection. Whatever your choice of wine, everything tastes better in the company of loved ones. Enjoy!

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