How to choose wine for Thanksgiving
What wine to serve with Thanksgiving dinner? How do you make your great aunt, your dad, and your next-door neighbor happy? My stand-by answer (“what you like to drink”) still holds true for this meal, but there are a few more things to consider.
Thanksgiving dinner is famously heavy. Most of us feel a little fatigued by the end of the meal, so you want a lively wine that adds a little zip to the meal. In plain English, that means a wine with lower alcohol, not heavily oak-aged, and with enough tanginess to be refreshing. Eric Asimov in the New York Times describes it as “zesty, fresh and bright.” And about pleasing everyone? Serve one red and one white, and a sparkling cider for the non-wine-drinkers.
Among our wines, I’d recommend Black Sparrow for being the liveliest, Sycamore for being very versatile, and Marquette for being a medium-body (not heavy) red with that peppery (zippy) finish.
And of course, you know my favorite wine with pumpkin pie is Late Harvest, with its luscious honey-and-apricot sweetness.
During Thanksgiving week, we’ll be open 11-5 on Tues, Wed, Fri, Sat, & Sun (closed the day of). Stock up before and bring your out-of-town guests after the holiday.