Thanksgiving Feast Wine Pairings

Turkey, stuffing, and pie…oh my! Thursday brings with it a smorgasbord of food. Naturally, in Napa Valley it begs the question, Which wine pairs best?  So, in the spirit of giving, we’re sharing the notes and aromas suited for a Thanksgiving feast!

Turkey

We’ll start with the crowd pleaser! A delectable meat that sends us into a blissful state of exhaustion. Our tip? Sip on Gewurztraminer. This aromatic white offers a spicy palate that truly brings out the best in turkey (especially, when topped with gravy).

If you tend toward the reds, pour yourself a Syrah or Shiraz. With a similar spicy appeal, this wine pairs exceptionally well with turkey or even an herb-infused side dish. Its peppery notes tingle the taste buds and increase the complexity.

Stuffing and Sweet Potatoes

Arguably the most popular side dishes. With regards to white, these both go fabulously with a glass of Riesling in hand. Whether bone dry or sweet, it’s natural apple and honey undertones truly top off the evening’s meal.

In contrast, the heartier red option would be a Zinfandel. Full bodied and intensely bold, this selection is favorable with both sweet and bitter flavors. Indulge.

Pumpkin Pie

You can’t skimp on Thanksgiving dessert! Luckily, there’s a suitable wine for the final course as well. Can you guess the match? A port! This dessert wine supports the rich flavors of pumpkin pie with its heavy flavor and viscosity.

What was your favorite holiday pairing?

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