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Everyone wants to know what the "best" wine to have at Thanksgiving dinner is. Honestly, there is no one wine that can handle all the flavors on the Turkey Day table, but what would a great meal be without good juice...boring! So here are a few DEL rules for T-Day wine:
1. Know your audience - if they like wine but don't love wine...don't go crazy. The variety and intense flavors can bury the flavor of the wine. Better to save that great Grand Cru Burgundy for a dinner where you can savor it.
2. If you have more than five people...BUY a magnum. Magnums are fun! A magnum of wine is 1.5 liters or two bottles (roughly 8 glasses).
3. Have fun and don't over think it - trying to pair the courses can be daunting and if you are having a potluck or a big buffet, the wine just gets lost.
My Favorite Styles of Wine for Thanksgiving
Sparkling - I always love to start any meal with some bubbles. I LOVE Champagne but if you have a lot of people that can get expensive. Prosecco is a great value for Thanksgiving with its bright fruity aroma of apple and pear. Bubbles are a great way to put a smile on even your crankiest of relatives.
White - I tend to choose wines that have ample fruit and acidity. Chenin Blanc from the Loire (Vouvray), Riesling from Germany, or try Rhone Whites...yum!
Red - Fruity is the key with lighter tannins. Save your Bordeaux for that Beef Wellington on Christmas day. I tend to go with Gammay (try the Cru Beaujolais, not the nouveau), Pinot Noir, or Barbera.
Sweet - If you have dishes with more caramelized flavors (like an apple or pumpkin pie) ice wines are fun. I also like BA or TBA Rieslings from Germany. If you have a lighter take on dessert, Moscoto d'Asti is the BEST!
Enjoy your Thanksgiving and have fun!