Thanksgiving and Wine: Be Prepared

We all know how challenging it can be to find the “perfect” wine for the Thanksgiving tgivingDay feast.

With so many eclectic flavors on the table, it can be like trying to select just one wine to accompany a meal at a Las Vegas buffet.

There are numerous worthy strategies, ranging from simply pouring your favorite wine (regardless of color or sweetness level) to opening up a number of different bottles and letting the diners figure it out for themselves.

But if you’re hoping to achieve true wine-pairing bliss — whether the main course is turkey, ham, roast beef, a pork crown roast or a vegetarian specialty — picking the right wine is key.

Fortunately, the Vinesse tasting panel has taken the guesswork out of the equation by assembling a six-bottle sampler called The Holiday Collection. No matter what you’re serving, this collection has you covered.

Turkey is the most “wine-friendly” of the Thanksgiving main-course options, as it pairs nicely with both a white wine and a red wine — namely, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Another solid red option would be a fruit-forward Shiraz.

Ham is more challenging, and not solely because it’s salty; at holiday time, it may also come with a honey glaze. Whether the ham is just salty or salty and sweet, a glass of sparkling wine makes an ideal pairing partner.

If you’re slicing roast beef for guests, Cabernet Sauvignon would be an obvious choice, but you may want to opt for a Merlot-based Bordeaux cuvee since it would pair better with a wider array of side dishes.

A pork crown roast adds a “wow” factor to the table, and also demands a little more attention when selecting a wine partner. As with turkey, both Chardonnay and Pinot Noir can work very nicely.

Vegetarian fare often can be on the spicy side or have other assertive flavors, so sparkling wine is what I’d recommend pouring.

And here’s the best part of all about The Holiday Collection: What you don’t use on Thanksgiving Day can be saved for your next big holiday meal — or any meal, for that matter. These are food-friendly wines that will help transform a meal into an occasion.

Are you ready for Thanksgiving? Vinesse can help you place a big check mark on your meal-planning “To Do” list with an eclectic collection of perfect-for-the-occasion wines.

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