So I decided that is was time to write a blog about Thanksgiving. After about 10 minutes of struggling to come up with some new thoughts, I looked back on what I had written in the past. Have you ever done that? I usually think, “B0y, I used to be smart.” Turns out that I really liked the blog I had written 2 years ago, so I have decided to use again because really not too much changes about my Thanksgiving meal. I may try a new stuffing recipe or have pumpkin cheesecake instead of pie, but fundamentally the meal is the same. I have changed the wines to include a few new wines.
Admittedly Thanksgiving is all about the side-dishes for me. The turkey plays only a very minor role on my plate, usually found buried underneath some cranberry sauce or sweet potato casserole. I don’t think that anyone who knows me would argue that I will take squash casserole over turkey any day of the week.
I would have to say that second to side-dishes on my Thanksgiving scale is wine. While this time of year many wine writers delve into finding ideal pairings, I simply say drink what you like. Thanksgiving is such a diverse plate of sweet, savory, buttery, rich, and spicy (think sage, cinnamon and nutmeg) flavors that perfect wine is elusive to say the least. That being said, I do have a few favs that I go to year after year and a few new wines that I’m looking forward to this November 22, o’ holiest of side-dish lover days.
Secreto Viognier (Chile): Floral and fruity with peach, mango and pear flavors combined with low acidity and no oak make this wine a great T-Day pick
South Island Riesling (New Zeland): Off-dry with crisp lemon and lime flavors make this a crowd-pleaser. Sweet enough for sweet wine fans, but not too sweet as to put of most dry wine fans.
Carlson Gewurztraminer (Colorado): The heady, captivating aroma notes are lime candy, spice and rose. The taste is tropical fruit, honey, and oriental spice. Wonderful with the chaos of a T-Day plate.
Villard Pinot Noir (Chile): Fresh berries such as strawberries and raspberries. Good complexity between fruit and a touch of oak, finishing with extremely good length.
Cooper Station Zinfandel (California): This Zin opens with luscious, concentrated blackberry aromas and has flavors of rhubarb, strawberry and vanilla with lingering hints of toast and smoke.
Perini Perini Malvasia Sweet Sparkling (Italy): This sweet sparkling has a straw yellow color with hints of gold and aromas of peaches and apricots. Sweet, soft, fruity taste with a crisp, good structure.
Well, that was more wines than I had planned on listing, but I had a hard time narrowing them down. My point being, that no matter if you’re all about the turkey, side-dishes, or the desserts, there’s at least a wine or two for you.
Happy Thanksgiving from Brennan’s!