Thanksgiving Wines How about Sparkling Wines?

11.04.20  \\\  Posted by   \\\  Wine 101

Thanksgiving is most definitely one of our favorite holidays. Who does not enjoy the guaranteed non-stop array of food and great wine along with our favorite people? With a festin of turkey and an army of side dishes, having the perfect glass of wine to pair with food is a must-have.

Sparkling Wines goes with almost anything.

Bubbles are often the somms personal go-to when pairing with a broader range of plates, as they can heighten your senses and elevate the flavors of the plates. The fresh acidity, along with the bubbles, makes it a versatile pair that can handle meat fat, sauces' creaminess, and even desserts.

Champagne itself is synonymous with glamour and celebration and also tastes heavenly. Always keep in mind that Champagne is not the only option and that there are fantastic alternatives for all budgets, and New World Sparkling’s, Prosecco, and Cava can be terrific options without needing to break the bank.

Grab dry and bright whites

And here we are talking somehow about wines like cool-climate Chardonnays (think Burgundy, Oregon or New Zealand) or Loire whites like Sauvignon Blanc ( Sancerre/ Pouilly-Fume) or Chenin Blanc, for example. Think of a subtly textured palate, a vibrant acidity, and a gentle mineral finish. Doesn't it sound delicious?

The acid will cuts through the fat, giving wines with higher acidity levels more versatility and food-friendliness when looking to pair them.

Think of medium to full body reds

Herbaceous reds as a Chilean Carmenere or a Loire Cabernet Franc (like Chinon) will pair roasted meats amazingly. If you enjoy the bolder side of the spectrum, a well-structured Cabernet Sauvignon might be your way to go. And enjoy this style, and you are feeling adventurous. It might be worth trying some Merlot-based Blends like a Bordeaux Superieur, or a Cabernet Sauvignon-based blend from the New World, like Chile, Argentina, or South Africa.

If you appreciate fruit, full-bodied Malbecs and Syrah’s are terrific options. Since Argentinian and Australians make their wines to pair with meat, these are no-brainers. Nero d'Avola also is a full-bodied Sicilian wine that is often compared to Syrah.

For most of us, Thanksgiving is the perfect excuse to share with family and friends and reflect on having them in our lives. It is especially during challenging times like we all have just passed during 2020 that we need it the most. Regardless of your family traditions and recipes, there are magic wines that will pair most types of food, so grab a glass of wine and toast for all those amazing people in your life. Cheers!

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