Suggested Wine Pairings for Thanksgiving Dinner

Suggested Wine Pairings for Thanksgiving Dinner

It’s that time of the year again–the time when the weather begins to cool, fall is in the air, as well as the smell of turkey, stuffing, and mashed potatoes from the kitchen! As November rolls through, so does the preparation for Thanksgiving dinner in homes all across America. Whether you’re hosting Thanksgiving dinner yourself or are visiting friends or family, wine will likely be a part of the menu! But with all the various foods and flavors that encompass a traditional Thanksgiving dinner, how do you choose a nice wine pairing that suits it all?

When it comes to wines for Thanksgiving, many hosts and hostesses will focus on providing both red and wine alternatives. Some may even keep it simple with a celebratory sparkling wine or cider that is often a popular choice. However, for traditional red and white wines, the top two choices are often a Reisling for the white wine and a Pinot Noir for red.

Reisling Wine

Stuffing, turkey, and sweet potatoes stand up well against a white Reisling wine. Most of the traditional foods that are served during Thanksgiving dinner will blend well with the acidity of a Reisling. Most have flavors such as honey and apple in them, which work well with sweet and salty foods that are present at most tables. Most spices and flavors will work well with a Reisling, as well as desserts, which makes it the perfect wine to carry through the entire Thanksgiving meal from beginning to end.

Pinot Noir

For a strong red wine to pair with this fabulous turkey dinner, Pinot Noir wines are a wonderful choice. This is a traditional wine that is often served with Thanksgiving dinner as it holds up to the spices and herbs used in turkey and stuffing recipes. The flavors are strong and pair up well with most anything on the table, but does not carry as well through to dessert as a Reisling will.

When it comes down to it, it is essentially personal preference as to which wine to serve. However, having a little guidance when serving your guests or bringing a bottle of wine to share with the host and hostess is never a bad idea. With a sparkling wine, a Reisling, or a Pinot Noir, you really can’t go wrong!

Happy Thanksgiving!


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