Holiday Wine Pairings 4

Perfect palates from Jennifer Ingellis, Director of Procurement at Tasting Room + Pairings for your Classic Family Holiday Dishes

Whites

“Rich, full-bodied whites like Chardonnay, Viognier, Gewürztraminer and Rhône White Blends pair delightfully with many of the dishes found on the Thanksgiving table. For example, pumpkin soup or butternut squash with brown butter and sage is a delicious match for a richly textured Chardonnay. The warmer spices of autumn, like nutmeg, cinnamon and clove, are complementary to this style of wine, as many have similar notes interwoven with toasted oak nuances.”

Reds

“Pinot Noir, Beaujolais and lighter bodied Cabernet Franc from the Loire Valley make excellent companions to the savory, herb-inflected dishes at a typical Thanksgiving feast. The elevated acidity, as well as the nuances of mushroom and dried herbs, make these wines stellar accompaniments, keeping your palate refreshed while elevating the complementary notes found in the food.”

Rosés

“In years past, most people wouldn’t think to pull out their favorite rosé to pair with Thanksgiving dinner, but it’s actually a fantastic wine to have handy this time of year. Fuller-bodied rosé made with Grenache, Syrah and Cabernet Franc are excellent matches for the richer foods that make their way to the holiday table, the juicy acidity keeping your palate from becoming tired and overwhelmed from all the sumptuous dishes.”

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