Thanksgiving and family, turkey and gravy; some pairings just make sense. As we all know, Thanksgiving is about three things: family, food, and wine. Celebrated with loved ones in the comfort of your home, with a glass of something delicious in hand, Thanksgiving is undeniably the coziest of holidays.
While food is the holiday staple, the wine (at least in our opinion) is arguably just as important and adds a bit of playfulness to the succulent meal. Here at Brooklyn Winery, we’ve put our heads together to present you with foolproof wine pairings for your Thanksgiving meal, to ensure that no essential menu item—from the first bite to the very last—goes without a perfect wine accompaniment.
Kick off your meal with a winner! Transition from your appetizers to the main meal with a glass of Barrel Fermented Riesling, a versatile wine that is delightful on its own yet stands up and will show well when paired with this classic side. Notes of honey, mushroom, and soapstone offer a crisp start to the full meal to come while complementing the sweet potato perfectly.
What is Thanksgiving without stuffing?! Whether you are in the potato or bread stuffing camp, there is no denying that this dish is an integral part of any Thanksgiving dinner. There is nothing better than a glass of Gewürztraminer to add a touch of sweetness to this savory side. Gewürztraminer has a distinct floral element, which can sometimes be tricky to pair. However, with hints of nectarine and peach, this complex wine provides a refreshing brightness to your turkey tryptophan overdose.
Nothing says comfort food like mashed potatoes and gravy! When looking for the perfect wine to accompany this starchy side, there is no better choice than Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon. Mashed potatoes and gravy are rich and oh so yummy, which is what makes this a perfect paring. A Cabernet has the body, structure, and flavor to stand up to a heavier dish, and the smooth tannins of our Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon provide delicious relief from the heaviness of the potatoes and gravy.
Now on to the main event, the star of the show, the reason we all are here—the turkey! A salty, savory slice of turkey should be paired with a wine that can balance and enhance the flavor, which makes a Barrel Fermented Chardonnay the ideal companion. As a bonus, the creamy texture and fruity flavors offer a refreshing finish to the meal and prep your pallet for the buttery, sugar confections (and more wine pairings!) yet to come!
The refreshing crispness of a Dry Riesling is the perfect pallet cleanser after a big meal. As you shift from dinner to dessert, a bright Riesling offers a freshness and a crisp acidity which nicely contrasts the heavy meal you just completed. This wine works well with the spicy smoothness of pumpkin pie, offering an ideal balance to the sweetness of the slice.
An indulgent dessert calls for an indulgent wine! Cabernet Franc is a complex wine with a subtle spice that is enhanced by the autumnal spices in a classic apple pie. A classic dessert deserves a classic pairing, and there is nothing more delicious then settling in by the fire with a rich glass of Cabernet Franc and a slice of apple pie!
There you have it! Playing around with Thanksgiving wine pairings is such a fun way to make the holiday extra memorable. Food and wine pairing is a flexible art form, and the above should be used as a guide. Feeling adventures? Try something new and see what you discover! Want to stick to the classics? That sounds good too. At the end of the day, the holiday is about thanks, and one thing we’re definitely thankful for is wine!