When pairing wines for Thanksgiving, I put the food first. Unlike when getting home from a long day and my thoughts are comforted by the glass of wine waiting for me, on Thanksgiving, family and food come first. I’m careful to choose wines that will complement, not compete, with the food being served.
Let’s start with the fun stuff—bubbles!
Karas Extra Brut Armavir, Armenia. This sparkling wine is a blend of Chardonnay 50%, Colombard 40%, Kangun 10%. It is very dry, crisp, light and clean, with lively, tiny bubbles. It tastes expensive. And it retails for about $15.
Vilarnau Brut Reserva Cava. This is an enchanting, and enchantingly affordable sparkling wine. Great on its own and it makes a wonderful mimosa. This Spanish sparkler retails at $12.
It makes sense to include a white for Thanksgiving since turkey is the star on most dinner tables. A nice Chardonnay for Thanksgiving is Landmark Vineyards Overlook Chardonnay Sonoma County California 2016. This wine has a lovely, light oakiness. It’s easy to pair with food and comes in at an equally easy price, selling at most places, for only $22.
I recently samples two red wines from Qupe in California that are both delicious and make a variety foods shine.
Qupe Central Coast Syrah 2013. This wine is a rich, red, elegant and deliciously fruity Syrah and retails at $23.
Qupe Grenache 2013. This wine is light bodied and elegant with the perfect balance of fruit and earth. A superb alternative to Pinot Noir at $30.