10 Nov Selecting the right wine for Thanksgiving – don’t sweat it.
It’s nearly Thanksgiving and time to think about what wines you will place on the table.
Food and wine pairings typically focus on a single wine with a single dish, not the variety that fills plates during this holiday feast. The conundrum becomes: Which wines, and how many? A good maxim is one bottle for every two people.
My advice: Put out a spread of wine so friends and family can experiment themselves as they eat. Following are a few guidelines.
■ Bubbles go with everything. Sparkling wines are food friendly. They also cleanse your palate, leaving you refreshed for the next bite. Begin your celebration with bubbly, and don’t forget to take the bottle to the table when you sit down.
One wine to consider is Yakima Valley’s very own Wit Cellars Sparkling Rosè. This wine was selected as one of the Top 20 Northwest wines of 2020 by Seattle Times. This is hands-down a good choice for $28.
■ White wines. Riesling and Gewurztraminer are tried and true choices for the holidays. The acidity acts like sparkling wine’s bubbles, and you can choose from bone-dry to slightly sweet depending on your mood or your guests’ palate.
Other options include Viognier or a white blend that can play off any citrus notes on the menu. If you’re looking for more body in a white, a good barrel-fermented chardonnay can match the strongest flavors on the menu, just make sure the fruit and acidity aren’t overwhelmed by oak flavors. The bright acidity and herbal characteristics of Sauvignon Blanc make it a great choice, too.
■ Versatile red wines. These are generally lighter reds, such as Pinot Noir or Cab franc. Moving into heavier wines think of Syrah, more specifically co-ferment and even Mourvedre’ as good choices. The heaviest reds, such as Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, can be oaky. They may match the turkey but won’t necessarily cozy up to all the fixings.
You can even split the difference between a red and white wine and go with a rosé.
■ Dessert wine should be sweeter than dessert. With pumpkin or pecan pie try a glass of port or sweet sherry. A sweet late-harvest Riesling would also be terrific – and a great choice with apple pie.
The following wineries are offering holiday gift packs for one stop shopping.
Gilbert Cellars is offering a holiday wine bundle including two bottles of Unoaked Chardonnay, two bottles of Allobroges, and two bottles of Reserve No. 1, all packed up in a festive yet functional tote bag. $150.
Dineen Vineyards is featuring a red wine trio including 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon, 2015 Heritage, 2017 Cabernet Franc. $109. Dineen Vineyards is also offering a wine tasting trio including 2015 Heritage, 2017 Cabernet Franc, and 2017 Viognier. $95.
Owen Roe is offering a Thanksgiving Sharecropper six pack mix and match at 20% off. This pack includes a Red Blend, Syrah, Merlot, Chardonnay Cabernet Sauvignon or Pinot Noir. Regularly $96, on sale for $76.80.
AntoLin Cellars has a festive two-pack including Cabernet Sauvignon Rosè and Malbec. $44.60
Two Mountain Winery is offering a variety of gift packs including this holiday 3-pack featuring 2018 Merlot, 2018 Rosé, WA Wine + Food, -The Cookbook, holiday packaging & personalized gift card. Shipping included.
Côte Bonneville winery has a Thanksgiving two-pack that includes 2016 Chardonnay and 2018 Cab Franc, $85. includes shipping and gift card.
Terra Blanca Winery looks to help out after the celebration with The Hangover Cure gift box for $70. This includesTransient Coffee Grounds, Nonni’s dark chocolate almond biscotti, Spokandy chocolate bar and 2017 Arch Terrace Cabernet Franc. Free shipping.
Purple Star wine is offering six different gift boxes. Varietals include Syrah, red bland, Petit Verdot, Cabernet/Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay.
VanArnam Vineyard is offering a series of four bottle, six bottle or twelve bottle gift packs as your holiday survival guide.
Chandler Reach Winery is offering a 3 pack special. One bottle each of the 2018 Monte Dolce Rose, 2018 Pinot Grigio and 2016 Villa Rosso. Included with these wines is Tuscan themed Thanksgiving recipes for $55.
Sin Banderas is offering a holiday sampler of Riesling, Rosè and a Syrah/Mourvedrè blend.
Tanjuli Winery is offering many mix and match gift packs for the holidays.
Fortuity Cellars’ 2020 Thankful Wine Bundle features two bottles each of Rosè of Cinsaut, 2017 Chardonnay and 2017 Syrah.