It’s hard not to love Thanksgiving, a holiday that’s all about appreciating what we have, spending quality time with family and friends, and enjoying wonderful food and wine.
Okay, perhaps I need to take off my rose-tinted glasses for a few minutes, especially as I start to think about putting together the menu, inviting guests, etc.
In spite of some of the headaches, I believe that Thanksgiving can be a really fun day.
In my Thanksgiving article two years ago, I gave some helpful tips about making the wine portion of the Thanksgiving festivities stress free. Last year, I did more of the same via a video.
This year, I wanted to highlight some of the most helpful articles I came across. I hope you enjoy them.
In “Thanksgiving Wines: A Quick Guide for Selecting the Best Wines for Your Thanksgiving Feast,” Stacy Slinkard gives a shout out to sparkling wine. She says, “…is there truly a single wine that can take you seamlessly from start to finish? Enter, sparkling wines – an increasingly popular pairing partner… Sparkling wines bring both elegance and phenomenal food-pairing versatility to virtually any meal, but with Thanksgiving these wines really shine.”
If you decide to serve a single wine, go for sparkling!
If, on the other hand, you decide to serve a selection of wines, pay heed to what Allen R. Balik says in “Thanksgiving … a wine dilemma?” Balik suggests that, “to avoid making yourself crazy, the concept of the ideal pairing (whatever that means) of a wine to a particular dish must be thrown out the window for Thanksgiving. Ideally, as we’ve explored in the past, a wine would be paired with a specific course and preferably to the preparation (sauces, spices, etc.) and not necessarily its main element (fish, fowl, meat, etc.). But with Thanksgiving most of the diverse courses find themselves on the same plate, and since a buffet service is also common you have no way of knowing what your guests will choose.”
Serve all the wines you decide will work well with your meal, and let people choose which ones they want. They’ll be happier, and you’ll have an easier job – something to be thankful for.
I would like to end this article by sharing my WineShop At Home picks for this year’s Thanksgiving celebration:
- Semi-Seco Sparkling
- Homage Pinot Grigio
- Revel White Knight Blend
- Moderna Chardonnay
- Broadmoore Estates Red Trails
- Revel Merlot
For more information on these wines, please call me at 650-714-7009 or visit my my WineShop At Home website and click “Shop Now” followed by “Shop for Wines.” You can place an order on my site or by calling me.
Cheers to a Great Thanksgiving!