Since Thanksgiving is coming up, and this is probably a good year to have wine on hand, I’ve pulled together a list of local wines that’ll (so the experts say) go well with the classic components of your Thanksgiving meal. I like shopping local, I like Thanksgiving, and I like wine. So I liked this challenge. (I'm not a sommelier, exactly, so I dug around the Internet and consulted with some wine pros for direction.) Hope you like my suggestions.
Nashville-area wines to pair with your Thanksgiving meal
pair with turkey
The classic Thanksgiving turkey can kind of be like a blank canvas, so the pros tend to say that the best main-dish wine totally depends on how you prepare your bird. We’re gonna go for a roasted bird heavy on the herbs, and my sleuthing says a Pinot Noir is the best way to go, to complement the rich flavors but not overtake the turkey. Local option: City Winery Nashville has their 2014 Music City Pinot Noir, which they call “bold but approachable.”
Wine experts say that the salty richness of ham benefits from a wine that has a little bit of sweetness and acidity, like a Riesling or Rosé. Locally, you might snag the Trio from Beachaven Winery in Clarksville. It’s a mix of Riesling, Muscat and Barbera, with fruity sweetness.
Mashed potatoes are another potentially blank canvas, but you’re in the south, so I’m gonna guess what’s on your table is rich and wonderfully fatty. A Chardonnay can stand up to/make good friends with the butteriness. Arrington Vineyards in Arrington has a bunch of pretty good selections at their place, including a creamy and smooth Chardonnay 2015.
To stand up to tart cranberry sauce, the recommendations I found leaned toward bubbly Prosecco or a dry Rosé. As it happens, Beans Creek Winery in Manchester, Tenn., has a Sparkling Rosé that they specifically recommend pairing with cranberry.
Why stop at the main meal, right? When you get to dessert, your pumpkin pie’s best friend is a late-harvest wine that’s picked up enough sweetness to complement the pumpkin spice, but not so much that you’re downing a sugar bomb. Riesling, Gewurztraminer and Chenin Blanc all got called out in the stuff I read. DelMonaco Winery & Vineyards in Baxter, Tenn., has a Riesling that might fit the bill, with a mix of delicate sweetness and refreshing acidity.
Prefer not to get overly complicated? I don’t blame you. A lot of the sommelier advice I saw pointed toward a Gewürztraminer with enough spiciness and dryness to mix well with the diverse flavors on the Thanksgiving table. Centerville and Nashville’s Grinders Switch Winery has a Magnolia White dry Gewurztraminer that they say pairs excellently with “a group of friends.” So you Friendsgiving partiers: Maybe this one’s for you.
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