Deep breaths. Pairing wines for Thanksgiving is fun, not scary. Start with the basics and think of the dominant flavors in the meal you're looking to complement. Thanksgiving dinner is spice-forward with notes of cinnamon, clove and nutmeg. Don't forget the tart berry flavors from the fan-favorite side dish – cranberry sauce. And last but not least the star attractions, roast turkey and decadent gravy. Still feeling a little overwhelmed? Keep reading. We're going to break it down for you...
things first, we're firm believers that there is always room for bubbles. It's
the perfect way to start any meal and sparkling wine is a classic palette
cleanser for fatty cheese and rich appetizers leading into dinner. Don't forget about dessert! Try a Sparkling Rosé
such as Francis Coppola Sofia Rosé as
an ideal option for the final (arguably the best) course of the evening.
Planning on serving up some tofurkey this year? White wine,
such as sauvignon blanc, pairs well with green beans and roasted veggies. The
herbaceous, lighter flavors of this white wine will also help to cut through some
of the richer flavors in the meat and gravy. Want a white wine with a more full-bodied
flavor? Try the Francis Coppola Diamond
Collection Gold Label Chardonnay. This wine has a creamy texture with crisp
acidity to balance the richness of Thanksgiving dinner.
Pinot Noir is often considered the top pick for any Thanksgiving
wine recommendation and for good reason. Pinots help enhance the classic
cranberry flavors at the dinner table but it also pairs particularly well with
a mild meat like turkey. Zinfandel is another perfect pair for Thanksgiving
dinner. This wine has more spice to it than Pinot Noir with notes such as clove
and cinnamon. And since Zinfandel is
more bold than Pinot Noir it can stand up to the fattier, creamier dishes and
help enhance flavors. Two of our favorites this year? Francis Coppola Diamond Collection Silver Label Pinot Noir and Francis Coppola Diamond Collection Red