Raise a Glass to Thanksgiving
How does a turkey drink wine? In a gobble-let!
Whether you’re the hostess with the mostess or don’t want to show up empty handed, the right bottle of wine is sure to impress this Thanksgiving! From large family gatherings to small Friendsgivings, we’ve got you covered. After conducting some taste-testing (purely for science, of course) here are our recommendations.
Pop the bubbly! If you are looking for a miracle wine to complement the entire spread from appetizers to dessert, sparkling wine or champagne is the way to go. Not only does it seamlessly pair with just about everything, but it will also add some pizzazz to the festivities! Set your Instant Pot to manual and start sipping while you wait for our Turkey Breast with Herbs recipe to cook to tender perfection. We recommend choosing a brut style or extra-dry option to best integrate with the wide variety of dishes on your table.
If you are a red wine lover like us, then Pinot Noir and Zinfandel take the cake. These varietals pair especially well with the star of the show, turkey! Pinot Noir is a long-time crowd-pleaser, as many enjoy its light body and red fruit flavors. It goes well with dark and light meat and brightens your side of cranberry sauce. On the other hand, the full-bodied Zinfandel offers jammy, smoky and peppery flavors, adding spice to the pallet. Zin makes for a perfect dark turkey meat match. Try it with our delicious Apple and Sage Roasted Turkey Legs recipe!
Last but not least, our white wine recommendation is a Riesling. This wine is often aromatic and fruit-forward. Riesling is an extremely versatile grape, so be sure to pick up a dry or off-dry bottle. A slight hint of sweetness goes a long way!
While these are just some classic Turkey Day wine pairings, don’t be afraid to bring something else to the table. After all, the best wine to pair with your turkey is a wine you enjoy!