- Posted by Danielle Gillespie
Thanksgiving comes but one time a year, in all its glorious pomp and ritual. I will be perfectly honest; I count myself amongst those lucky enough to be thankful each and every day of the year. So when the ACTUAL day rolls around, I can’t help but get a little mischievous. And frankly, the family-time overload leaves me a little punchy and mostly giving thanks for my trusty friend, the red Solo cup.
Here are some oddball turkey day wine pairings you should not live without.
Putting the Bird in the Oven
Time to celebrate. It’s game day. Go time. Kick the day off right and treat yourself to a little bubbly. For this occasion I would suggest a refreshing sparkling wine like the Mumm Napa Brut Rosé. You might be thinking: a sparkling rosé, do I really deserve it? Yes, in fact, you do…is that even a question?
Deep Frying Your Turkey OR Treating Singed Eyebrows Resulting from Deep Frying Your Turkey
For this situation you will need something to tame the heat or cool the burn. The only answer here is Sauvignon Blanc. Normally I would suggest picking any New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc for its guaranteed crisp, mouth-watering zestiness. However, this being an American holiday, I’m going to recommend a lovely wine that I just discovered in Napa, the Round Pond Sauvignon Blanc (2013).
You will be rewarded with “crisp, clean aromatics of pear and peach along with lemon zest lasting beyond the last sip. The palate is equally crisp, dominated by a fresh and bright entry, with a great acid pop that lingers with the taster for over a minute. Flavors of melon, pear, and nectarine play well together to finish off this wine.” This wine actually made me want to fry a turkey.
From experience, I would recommend anything juicy with some zip…out of a red Solo cup. Yes, even if your kids are in the backseat. In fact, especially if your kids are in the backseat. Better yet, if one of those kids is of driving age, why not let them drive you to Thanksgiving dinner?
Zippy and juicy can mean only one thing: red Zinfandel. Something like Renwood Winery Premier Old Vine Zinfandel might do the trick. Or, if you have a few more dollars to spend, the Prisoner is always a good choice with the added benefit of a little irony.
Ambrosia: the dish that will let you know that it’s Thanksgiving, the table floozy that someone always has to bring to dinner. Riesling, with its aromatics and lovely impressions of honey, apricot, pineapple and pear, would be a nice wine pairing if you must partake in the ambrosia.
We found a great one on wiredforwine.com that is a Wine Spectator Best Value: Charles Smith Kung Fu Girl Riesling 2013 Columbia Valley, Washington. “Crisp and sleek, with juicy, expansive nectarine and peach flavors that play against citrusy acidity, finishing with zing and a sense of softness that lets the finish keep singing.”
Boredom (aka hour 4 of boring family conversation)
Systematically empty all bottles from above or move on to the following suggestions.
Post-gluttonous Feeding Coma
In a rare break from the day’s American theme, I am going to recommend Amaretto. This well-know almond liquor can be enjoyed as an after-dinner digestive. It is traditionally sweet and the main brand, Disaronno, can be found in most liquor stores. It can be easily concealed in a coffee mug, if necessary.
The ONLY way to eat leftovers is to re-create the entire experience…as a sandwich. Yes, that is right: one gut-wrenchingly intensive meal made and consumed over hours (if not days), reincarnated as a single sandwich. Do not attempt substitutions!
The sandwich: between 2 slices of crusty homemade bread layer your turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce and mayo (do not skip the mayo).
The drink: beside it you must pour yourself a nice glass of young cabernet sauvignon.
Your cab could be from Napa Valley or one like this from Washington State: Columbia Crest H3 Horse Heaven Hills Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 (also found on wiredforwine.com).
Whatever you are drinking, from whatever vessel you choose, we sincerely hope you have a wonderful and thirst-quenching Thanksgiving!