Scott and I really look forward to Thanksgiving every year.
We have a core group of dear friends - mostly from the U.K. and France - who come over each year, and we always invite a few others as the date gets closer. The more the merrier, and there always seems to be room for one more in our small New York City apartment.
This year's schedule will be a bit different, since I am doing early morning TV appearances on both Thanksgiving and Friday. But I am a huge planner (if you follow me on Instagram, you know that our Christmas tree went up on October 22), so most of our meal will be prepped in advance.
In addition to planning the food, many people choose wines to go with a holiday dinner. Since the Thanksgiving menu generally includes a lot of heavier fare (hello, stuffing and mashed potatoes!), medium-bodied and full-bodied wines (that is, those with alcohol content of 12.5% or higher) tend to be best the best matches. For a crowd, one red wine, one white wine - and perhaps a sparkling option - are all that you need.
Here are a few Thanksgiving menu ideas I shared in a segment today on "Atlanta & Company" for Sam's Club and Deutsch Family Wine & Spirits (Stamford, CT). Click on the photo to watch the full segment!
- For a crowd, I always like to serve at least two meat options (including the turkey, of course!). Josh Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon is delicious match for beef or pork tenderloin. For the turkey, Barone Fini Pinot Grigio is a food-friendly wine that works well for everything from appetizers to desserts.
- At Thanksgiving, side dishes tend to be the stars of the show (at least in our house!). The fruit flavors of Hob Nob Pinot Noir bring out the sweetness of cranberry sauce or Apple Cranberry Turkey Stuffing. For a white wine option, the crisp taste of Ramon Bilbao Albariño is a nice match for starchier sides such as Smoked Gouda Mashed Potatoes, Butternut Squash or green bean casserole.
- We don't often think of serving sparkling wine for Thanksgiving, but a flute of delicious and affordable Yellow Tail Bubbles is a festive way to great guests, and it pairs nicely with appetizers from salted mixed nuts to mini quiches. It is also a nice match for lasagna and other cheesy pasta dishes that frequently appear on the holiday table.
- All of these wines also pair nicely with popular Thanksgiving desserts. Red wines go beautifully with chocolate, so guests may want to keep drinking their Cabernet or Pinot Noir with a Red Velvet or flourless chocolate cake. Pinot Grigio enhances the creamy texture and flavors of a Pumpkin Cheesecake or Italian Crème Cake, while the Albariño will bring out the flavors of Sea Salt Caramels.
Are you hungry yet? I know I am.