Oh, how I love Thanksgiving. The turkey, mashed potatoes, yams, green beans, cranberry sauce and maybe some ham. Oh and stuffing. How could I forget the stuffing? All of those wines could wreak havoc on a wine pairing if you’re not careful. Thankfully, we have you covered. Here’s the 4 wines to pair with Thanksgiving.

Zinfandel

It’s really about the turkey and stuffing. The medium meat (no, it doesn’t taste like chicken) needs a middle of the road wine, which is a Zin. And when in Rome, so goes the same with an American meal.

Pinot Noir

It’s a subtle wine, but it will stand up when you start adding cranberry and gravy across your entire plate. The delicate wine can hold up to those yams with brown sugar and butter. I think Teddy Roosevelt said it best about Pinot Noir, “It speaks softly but it carries a big stick.”

Grenache

I admit, it can be hard to find a solo Grenache on it’s own. It does have separation anxiety at times from it’s 2nd cousin, the Tempranillo. But give it a chance to dance solo on stage and it will do just fine, with the proper winemaker at the helm. The Grenache is one you don’t think will pair well on paper, but yet those bright strawberries and higher than normal acidity only elevate that deep fried turkey. Nothing on the table will overpower this gem. The ham will sparkle, the mashed potatoes will shine and you’re family dinner conversation will at some point turn to, “What the f$%k is a Grenache?” Just tell them it’s the sexiest grape in the world and can you pass the mashed potatoes. You’re welcome in advance.

Rosé

Are rosés still en vogue or was that a summer thing? Just because the mercury has dropped doesn’t mean you should sell off your remaining cases of rosé you bought in the great rosé sale of 2017. Was it me or did every grocery store have rosé on the brain this summer? It seemed that every grocery outlet went all pink throughout June, July and August. The year isn’t over just yet and you’ve got one of the best meals for the rosé.

Look for rosés made from the aforementioned grapes: Zinfandel, Grenache or Pinot Noir. I’ve also found that rosé made from Merlot grapes can hold up, but be wary of any made with Cabernet, Syrah and or White Zinfandel grapes. The traits of those varietals will carry through in the winemaking process of the rosé and, while delicious, won’t be a perfect pairing at your Norman Rockwell place setting.

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