Serving wines with Thanksgiving dinner? Follow a few simple guidelines and the selection process can be as stress-free as opening a can of cranberry jelly.
First and foremost, offer variety. I harp on this every year, but you can hardly go wrong if you use this as a starting point. With a variety of wines at the table, say, a sweet or off-dry and a dry white, and perhaps a light- to medium-bodied red, you will cover all your bases.
Second, don’t fret over precise food and wine pairings. A traditional Thanksgiving dinner usually isn’t heavy on seasonings and spices. That makes more wines easily adaptable to the basics of turkey, potatoes and gravy, and stuffing you’re likely to serve.
Third, ask others what they like. Don’t assume that just because you’re a big fan of chardonnay that others will be too. Here again, variety is the key.
Finally, don’t be too skimpy on cost. A bargain wine or two? No problem. Every wine at the table under $10? Come on, it’s Thanksgiving! Splurge a bit and use this as an opportunity to show off your wine-buying prowess to family and friends.
In keeping with the variety theme, I’d like to suggest some wines from France, Italy and Spain that should be a welcome addition to your Thanksgiving meal.