Summer feels like it lasted all of five seconds, sweater weather is making its triumphant return and now we will find ourselves just days from Thanksgiving feeling unprepared. From coordinating the seating plan to avoid any family drama to accommodating everyone’s dietary restrictions ~ our plates come Thanksgiving time is pretty much full. However, there is one thing you don’t have to worry about this season – your ability to wine and dine.
Below please find a Thanksgiving wine pairing guide to make entertaining guests easier & happily buzzed!
Ham & Sweet Potatoes
Maddalena Riesling is ideal for this pairing as it reveals aromas of apricot, honey, and wildflowers. When serving glazed-ham a side dish such as sweet potatoes momentarily follows, this can usually result in wine seeming less fruity and more acidic. To avoid this at all costs, it is so important to ensure the selected wine already contains a natural sweetness. Maddalena Riesling greets the palate with fresh fruit flavors of pear and green apple. This elegant wine balances natural acidity and sweetness leaving you feeling satisfied and content with this pairing.
Turkey & Gravy
Sam Simeon Pinot Noir is a rich, fruit-driven wine with ripe flavors of black cherry and raspberry allowing the succulence of the turkey to excel through its red fruits. It is no secret pinot noir and turkey are destined to be together, however unlike others, Sam Simeon Pinot Noir is diverse enough to pair with all turkey trimmings and it’s cinnamon and oak spice independently bring their own herbal element to each dinner. This lighter body wine will be a stark contrast from your heavy dinner, and still, allow room for the much-anticipated dessert!
San Simeon Sauvignon Blanc is a bright, refreshing wine with intense flavors of citrus and pear revealing bright aromas of white peach and lime zest. San Simeon Sauvignon Blanc pairs extremely well with fresh tasting dishes such as Brussel sprouts. Love or loathe them, it is a Thanksgiving staple and partnered with a glass of chilled glass of San Simeon sauvignon blanc – you simply can’t go wrong!
For the lighter fare
San Simeon Chardonnay is just as versatile on the dining room table as it is in the vineyard. It’s rich, mouth-filling tropical fruit flavors with complements of citrus and pear lift heavier dishes and introduce impressive contrasts. Winemakers Anthony Riboli and Arnaud Debons utilize traditional techniques, therefore, San Simeon Chardonnay reaches it’s the greatest degree of complexity allowing it to pair with all thanksgiving sides, making it an ideal pairing for the guest with the extremely select palette.
For the pre-Thanksgiving Dinner cheese plate or dessert spread
Hampton Water the collaboration between Jon Bon Jovi, Jesse Bongiovi and acclaimed French winemaker, Gérard Bertrand, is a refreshing, lively rosé with a distinct minerality. Hampton Water’s light and crisp taste lend itself to versatility when pairing with food. The dry yet fruit forward flavor, specifically the strawberry tasting note, allows for this rose to be the perfect complement to a cheese plate and/or dessert. Hampton Water enhances the creamy, buttery flavors of cheese, and heightens the flavors of a sweet dessert whether it be chocolate or a pie.