I don’t know if you’re like me… but I look forward to Thanksgiving as a great holiday for drinking wine (pretty much all day!). If you are having guests or family over, it’s always wise to have a variety of wine on hand. This list, while far from comprehensive, might be a good start to suiting just about every taste! All very food (and especially turkey!) friendly wines, I might add.
Mountain Dome Brut (non-vintage)
Who can resist sparkling wine? Not this lass. Thanksgiving is a great time to break out the bubbles (not to mention, we have a lot to be thankful for!). Mountain Dome is the perfect sparkling blend for even those that shy away from Brut champagne. Though this wine isn’t “sweet” – it’s got just enough perceived sugar to please most any palate. If you haven’t heard this before, champagne goes with *everything* – from your deviled egg appetizers, to Aunt Mary’s broccoli casserole, Mom’s giblet gravy, and cuts the richness of that Costco pumpkin pie for dessert! You can find this gem at most grocery stores – even in half bottles. Approx. $15.
Fletcher Bay – Pinot Grigio 2010
Fletcher Bay’s Pinot Grigio is an easy choice. Though the winery is located on Bainbridge Island (go visit!), their grapes are 100% Pinot Grigio from the Yakima Valley. Pinot Grigio is a pleasant pairing to most everything on the Turkey-day menu. It’s mouth-watering with a firm acidity and clean finish, and just enough apple & pear to give it an appealing nose. Such an easy quaffer – I’d splurge on a few bottles! $14.50, found in some local wine shops.
2009 Renegade Grenache
I like to suggest wines that won’t fill you up. We need to maximize stomach real estate, yes? This wine is just thin enough to be light, but its vibrancy shows though with flavors of strawberry pastille and red licorice. $14.99. These grapes are from the Walla Walla valley, and at 13.3% alcohol – you won’t be asleep before dinner.
2007 Tulpen Cellars Syrah
One of my favorite wines that I’ve tried in the last year, this Syrah is for someone who would like a little meatier wine with their meal! If you’ve smoked your turkey, or are non-traditional with perhaps a braised pork belly, this wine will pair beautifully. It’s a big, spicy Syrah and you’ll immediately note the smoke and brambly raspberry tones. The grapes are pulled from several notable Walla Walla vineyards and is a great Rhone style with cofermented Syrah (76%) & Viognier (5%) which are then blended with barrels of Grenache (15%) and Mourvedre (4%).
Hoodsport Raspberry Wine
The Hoodsport Raspberry wine is not for the wine snob, but for someone who might avoid traditional big wines like Cabernet and perhaps has a smidge of a sweet tooth. The nice acid counter-balance manages to make this wine rather balanced and dodges the potential for raspberry syrup! It’s fruity and fun, and goes down rather easily. The price is around $10 – 12 and you should be able to find it at your local grocery.
Cheers to a very gastronomically successful Thanksgiving filled with family, friends and great food (and wine!).