It’s Time to Start Planning the Thanksgiving Food-and-Wine Feast

The countdown is on. Thanksgiving Day 2020 will be celebrated on Thursday, Nov. 26.

And even if you’re planning a somewhat different Turkey Day this year, some advance planning is still suggested.

Twenty-one days may seem like plenty of time, but it will be gone in the snap of a finger — especially if you are hosting this year’s Big Feed.

The first step of the planning process is to decide which recipes you want to make — main courses, sides and desserts.

Turkey, ham or roast beef? (Or perhaps all three?)

Mashed potatoes or sweet potatoes? (Or perhaps both?)

Pumpkin pie or pecan pie? (Or perhaps another family favorite?)

Tip: If possible, select sides that can be cooked at the same oven temperature as the main course(s). It will save you a lot of time.

It’s also not too early to start thinking about the wines you’ll be serving this Thanksgiving.

Fortunately, this task does not require a great deal of thought. Unless you are hosting a gourmet meal that’s doubling as a “wine dinner,” precise pairing is not necessary.

Instead, take a smorgasbord approach: Open two or three white wines along with two or three red wines (depending on the size of your guest list), and allow the guests to pour their own.

Dependable whites: Chardonnay, Riesling, Gewurztraminer, Pinot Blanc and Pinot Gris.

Go-to reds: Pinot Noir, Merlot, Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Zinfandel and red blends.

Mixing and matching is half the fun on Thanksgiving Day. So check out your wine rack, and set aside your bottles today.

Then check that task off your planning list.

Posted in Food and Wine Pairings/Recipes

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