deVine Thoughts

October 2, 2009

Thanksgiving Dinner Wines

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 12:17 am

Author: Dirk Chan

Wow, time flies…Thanksgiving is just around the corner, so here is our annual picks to accompany the classic turkey and ham dinner and all its fixings. Start your evening off with a sparkling wine, followed by whites, reds and finally ending with a dessert wine.

Sparkling wines are a great way to start any function whether its a greeting aperitif or to pair with appetizers. Here are three very different recommendations: The Canella Prosecco di Conegliano from Italy is both well priced and delicious with lively citrus notes and delicate bubbles. The unusual Cabernet Franc based sparkling red from Chateau Langlois Carmin Dry
from Chateau Langlois in the Loire Valley can work with meat based appetizers or for the adventurous used in conjunction with the roasted turkey as well – the foamy red notes go great with the cranberry sauce. For those who want the best, a couple of recommendations in French Champagne – the NV de Sousa Zoemie Brut Merveille is rich and generous with the toasty bread notes while the vintage dated 2000 Dom Perignon is world renowed and certain to impress.

Whites with a touch of sweetness is preferred because of the sweetness of some of the fixings – candied yams, cranberry sauce, and honey for the glazed ham. A completely dry white will seem more austere and void of fruit due to the sweetness of the food so I recommend Rieslings, Gewurztraminers or other Germanic or Alsace varietals.


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