We’re Tasting: Go To Wines For Thanksgiving

Looking for a few go to wines to make the perfect pairing for your holiday turkey that will also be as good with the pumpkin pie? There are a few tried and true standards for pairing with the big holiday meal that will please everyone at your table.

Pinot Noir, especially those from California, will never fail the pairing challenge with roasted turkey, sweet potatoes or stuffing. Look for one from Russian River, like the refined and always elegant Rochioli; or from Santa Lucia Highlands, like the gorgeous Rosella’s Vineyard Pinot Noir from one of our favorites, Miner Wines; or from the maritime climate of Carneros, where you can never go wrong with a bottle from Ancien; or one of the great wines from the Central Coast, like from Sea Smoke or Foley.

Zinfandel, with is spicy, peppery characteristics pairs well with the rich flavors of the day. Sbragia, Amapola Creek and Turley all make incredible Zins with a good balance of fruit and spice, while maintaining character. They are big wines, which make them ideal for pairing, but be careful, many are also high in alcohol.

Beaujolais is a great go to if you like a very fruit forward wine. Made from the Gamay grape, this fruity, juicy wine is incredibly approachable and best when paired with food. The new release of Beaujolais Nouveau just arrived, the first bottling of the harvest filled with ripe red fruit an jammy flavors. Georges Dubouef celebrates his 30th year for making Beaujolais Nouveau just in time for Thanksgiving.  Looking for something a little less jammy, consider one of the many other options from Beaujolais, like those from Morgan, Fleurie or Moulin-à-Vent.

If you want an opportunity to taste some of these delicious Beaujolais, as well as a slew of other wines from France, California, Washington, as well as some incredible wines from Texas while noshing on bistro style bites from some of Dallas’ favorite chefs join the French-American Chamber of Commerce at the 2012 Beaujolais and Beyond Festival on November 30th at The Irving Convention Center. Tickets are $65 per person in advance or $70 at the door; parties of four or more are $60 each. Call 972-241-0111 to order or register here.