Thanksgiving is once again almost upon us. Traditionally, a celebration of the harvest, it is also a time for families and friends to gather to give thanks for the blessings of the past year and to enjoy a bountiful feast.
To ensure the success of any festive gathering, careful consideration must be given to the wine choices. Turkey does not have a powerful flavour nor a lot of fat content, thus a full-bodied white that is very slightly off dry, or a medium bodied red with low tannins (tannins are at odds with the lack of fat in turkey and can make the wine taste bitter) or an exquisite rose are perfect choices.
Here are our top picks for the perfect wine pairings for this Thanksgiving dinner:
Norman Hardie Winery in Prince Edward County has a lovely chardonnay. The 2014 County Chardonnay was grown on 5 separate sites, all within 2km of the winery. They blend the sites to build complexity and richness from slightly different terroirs. It has sweet fruit notes and well-balanced acids that pair nicely with turkey as well as side dishes with stronger flavours that accompany the meal.
Norman Hardie County Unfiltered Chardonnay
Peninsula Ridge Winery in Niagara has a merlot with light well managed tannins that will take care of the red wine drinkers at your feast. Round and ripe, the wine has a very slight off dryness that is marvellous with your roasted bird.
Peninsula Ridge Beal Vineyard Reserve Merlot
Another ideal match for Thanksgiving dinner is rose wine.; namely, a beautiful Provence rose from Chateau Vignelaure. It has both elegance and complexity, and the potential to age and develop for many years. It’s organic to drink and possesses the ability to be matched with gastronomic cuisine where wines with more substance would normally be paired.