As we meld into more of America’s melting pot, Thanksgiving is becoming a more difficult wine pairing challenge. And every host wants to look cool/educated/sophisticated/knowledgeable when it comes to pairing food and wine. Or, at least, Food Network says you do. But no one says you need to be perfect when choosing the accompanying vino — there are, indeed, tried-and-true wines which cozy up to many variegated Turkey Day plates.
* Take Chardonnay, for instance. A oft buttery, rarely food-friendly white wine but hangs well with white meat turkey. Here are a few recommendations:
* Pinot Noir, a higher-acid, lighter-bodied red that plays well with most food of any sort. It’s a go-to wine for any occasion. Suggestions:
* Bubbles, the sparkling wine light of my life. They make whoopee with any and everything. Suggestions:
* Alternative, higher acidity yet fuller-bodied whites or reds can add intrigue and glamor to any gathering. Check out these options:
Thanksgiving is all about the food… and sometimes about the wine. As a kid, it was always – and remains – my favorite holiday. It’s the pinnacle of gluttony, a gustatory bacchanal, an excuse to eat 20 pounds of poultry and not agonize over the diet. But perhaps it’s morphing into a wine exploration as well. Happy Turkey Day y’all!
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