With multiple dishes and a myriad of savory, sweet, and tart flavors, it’s hard to know what wines to serve with Thanksgiving dinner. To make it easy, we turned to our Frontgate Estate Wine Club hosted by Laithwaites Wine for the answers.
To get things started, you’ll want something refreshing to please all palates. Why not serve guests a sparkler that’s a favorite of the British royal family? South Ridge Cuvée Merret 2009 is a fine, vintage fizz from England with all the elegance of top-notch Champagne. In fact, this family-owned estate recently beat out many top Champagne names — winning a coveted Decanter international trophy.
With the main meal, you can offer both red and white. For white, choose a Chardonnay with enough rich fruit to stand up to your turkey, and enough freshness to keep you coming back for more. Our top picks come from Sonoma and Burgundy. Your reds should be juicy and mouthwatering. Pinot Noir is a classic turkey match, and we love Christian Roguenant’s single-vineyard classic from California’s cool Edna Valley. First-class Beaujolais from one of the 10 ‘cru’ villages is also delicious — and the Pardon family’s single-vineyard Juliénas perfectly fits the bill. You can enjoy all of these reds and whites in our Holiday Top 12 collection.
Cap off the meal with a lusciously intense icewine. Niagra’s Pillitteri Estates is a small family producer that uses 100% estate-grown fruit. Their 2011 has garnered huge international acclaim — including a gold medal from London’s International Wine Challenge. Serve well chilled on its own, or alongside apple, pumpkin or pecan pie.
Savor the meal. Savor the moments. Happy Thanksgiving.