Introduction to Thanksgiving Wines

Celebratory wines around special occasion, seasonal or holiday meals do not have to be a tough challenge. This gives you the expanded choice of matching tones and tastes with rich aromas and indulgent meals, like pumpkin, cinnamon, spice that would not typically be on the offering table or family menu per se.

Around Thanksgiving, many chefs and families start to prepare their grocery lists for their important holiday. Along with planning the meal, it is important to choose the best wines to compliment the meal. How do you determine the proper wine selections to go with your Thanksgiving meal?

The first thing to consider is what you will be serving. Are you going to serve the traditional Thanksgiving dinner? No matter if you are going to serve turkey, ham, mashed potatoes, yams, green beans, rolls or pie; you will want to compliment your holiday meal with quality wine pairings. There are several selections to consider adding to your menu list in order to have available for your family and friends to enjoy when they come over to share on this special day. Keep in mind however that your wine taste as personal, so it is perfectly acceptable to choose whatever is the best match for your tastes.

White Wines
White wines while many traditionalists will match it with poultry and fish, is suitable for any meal. You may even want to consider selecting a sparking wine or champagne for the big day. These 3 wines are great compliments to Thanksgiving dinner:

•Chardonnay-Chardonnay is a green skinned grape that is made into white wines. It is believed to have originated in France, but today it is made all over the world. Chardonnay is a smooth wine that often has a slight bite.
•Riesling- Riesling is a sweet white wine that is created by a white grape and is produced around the world.
•Pinot Grigio- This wine was originally produced in Australia and has now become a wine that is made in numerous countries. Pinot Grigio is thought to be clone from the Pinot Noir grape.

Red Wines
While red wine is traditionally paired with red meat, many wine drinkers prefer to drink it with their Thanksgiving dinner. These 3 choices are excellent to consider for your holiday:
•Zinfandel- Zinfandels are robust red wines that are extremely popular as dinner wines and drinking wines.
•Pinot Noir-This wine became extremely popular a few years ago, and is an extremely good wine to drink alone or with meals. Pinot Noir is a full body red that is full of great flavors.
•Shiraz- This is a dark skinned variety wine that is lighter than a Pinot Noir and a Zinfandel, but still offers red wine lovers with their preferred wine choice to pair with their Thanksgiving dinner.

Any of these wines will go great with your holiday dinner. Keep in mind that wine preference is a personal choice and while there are some traditional pairings, you should choose a group of wines that match your tastes. Enjoy!

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About The Author, Ian Love
Ian Love owns Australian wine retailer - Liquor Merchants and owns Perth Restaurants group West Valley, who specialize in Perth Functions.