The Thanksgiving dinner table is packed with so many good things to eat, it can be hard to know where to start. But there’s one thing you should never forget – wine! A glass of wine goes well with just about everything on the holiday menu, but how do you choose which wines are the best for your meal? Here are some of our favorite pairings that will make this year’s Thanksgiving memorable.
We’ve compiled a list of a few of our favorite wines to pair with a traditional Thanksgiving dinner to give you a little inspiration when you’re planning your own holiday meal. The most important thing to remember when it comes to pairing is there are no wrong answers!
General Rules of Thumb
When it comes to pairing there are two general ways to approach it. First, you can pair a wine with a dish with similar flavor profiles. This will elevate that characteristic in both but may mask some of the other flavors. The other approach is to complement opposite flavor profiles, for example pairing a bright, crisp Dry Riesling with a savory, heavy plate of turkey, stuffing, potatoes, and gravy. The brilliant, tart acidity will cleanse the palate of the heavier tastes and provide contrast to engage all of your taste buds. No matter which approach you choose the end result will be magnificent because when you have good food and good wine you can never go wrong!
Our Bourbon Barrel Select (BB Select) utilizes the newest way to experience red wine: Bourbon barrel aging. This special wine, vinted from Cabernet Sauvignon, was aged in authentic Woodford Reserve bourbon barrels originally used for aging bourbon. This technique adds flavors of vanilla and oak, black fruit, and hints of baking spice. A bold red, it pairs well with game such as turkey.
Chardonnay is ideal for a classic roasted turkey. It complements a variety of flavors, such as the herbs and spices used in basting your turkey. The oaky notes of our 2019 Reserve Barrel Chardonnay brings out more complex flavors and textures from the turkey. Our exceptional 2019 Reserve Barrel Chardonnay is powerfully structured with intense, juicy flavors of baked apple, orange zest, toasted almond, vanillin and butter. The creamy textures glide smooth through the palate leading to a delectable silky finish, perfect for Thanksgiving dinner or any dish that boasts traditional fall flavors.
RayLen’s Merlot has an admirable, beautiful garnet red color. The aromas and flavors follow the color with notes of cured cherries or cooked black cherry cobbler. Hints of cedar lace a medium spicy mouthfeel that leads to a smooth balanced finish. Merlot is well suited for the richness of Thanksgiving dishes. The soft, round nature of Merlot goes well with most dishes, from turkey and savory gravy to sweet and tart cranberry sauce.
Our 2020 Sauvignon Blanc is bright, cheerful, and offers firm citrus cleanliness with granny smith apple, zest of lemon and darts of fresh lime. This crisp white is a prime pairing candidate for turkey and mashed potatoes. Many people think of red wine when they think of Thanksgiving dinner, but a classic white like Sauvignon Blanc is crisp and refreshing and goes with so many different dishes especially salads, appetizers, and white meats. Because of its adaptability, it makes a great option for your annual Friendsgiving or a Thanksgiving dinner with all the spreads.
The 2019 Rosé of Cabernet Franc is a bright, glimmering salmon color with notes of fresh strawberry and raspberry aromas. The flavors glide smooth with cherry fruit flavors and are balanced with a sense of richness and pair perfectly with Thanksgiving turkey.
Make It Your Own
As we said earlier, there are no wrong answers when it comes to your preferences and pairing with Thanksgiving dinner. These are just guidelines to help you along the way. You may even want to consider serving several white and red wines with the meal. Then everyone can compare how each wine pairs with the various side dishes as well as the turkey. It adds a modern twist to your traditional meal! No matter how you celebrate Thanksgiving this year, we hope you enjoy all the fixings!