Hello Winos! My how I’ve missed you! I appreciate your patience as I took a bit of a hiatus from the blogging world. But I’m very excited to get W2WK up and running again. Stand by for some formatting changes in the coming weeks.
So why now? While I do believe there isn’t necessarily a season for wine (all seasons are wine seasons!), the holiday season is certainly our society’s chosen time of year for a wee-bit of overindulgence. (AKA: gluttony and drunkenness) And we all know you can’t fight it… so my suggestion… join in with a little wine know.
Today I offer you some wine suggestions for The Meal. (That would be Thanksgiving, in case you couldn’t tell from me making “the” and “meal” proper nouns.) Whether you are dining alone, in a small group, or amongst a chaotic gathering of family, I would argue (though I don’t know it is worth arguing this point with a bunch of Winos) that the wine is just as important as the turkey!
So The Meal… it tends to be full of salty, buttery, and savory dishes. Turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, cranberries, fancy stuff that I don’t know how to prepare, etc., etc. What does one think about when choosing some wine to accompany such dishes? Well, balance is key… you don’t want to eat all those savory foods and then have a super dry red that will make your throat beg for water. But you don’t want a soft wine either that will get lost in the mix of all the other flavors.
For red wine, go for something big, bold, and fruity. Specifically, try a fruity Zinfandel, Syrah, or Merlot. A Cabernet Sauvignon will also work (then again, when does it not?!), but aim for one that is more fruity than dry. I will be accompanied to my Thanksgiving celebration by Tobin James’s Ballistic Zinfandel for this Thanksgiving. It is full of flavor and has a great balance with its fruitiness that will definitely bring out the flavors of your Thanksgiving dinner. Another option that I’ve read about, but never tried, is having a sparkling Shiraz. Doesn’t that sound delish??! I may have to give that a whirl too. (Head’s up 43rd Street – we’re going to have a lot of wine to consume!)
For white wine, try a Chardonnay or a dry Riesling. Many times, we assume Rieslings are always sweet, but there are plenty that lean towards the dryer side. An overly sweet wine may be too much sugary flavor for the savory meal. If you prefer Chardonnay, try one from California. My white wine choice for Thanksgiving is the Charles Smith Kung Fu Girl Riesling (which we’ve talked about here on W2WK before). I am almost surprising myself with this choice, but based on my wine reading, and imagining that turkey with this Riesling, I think it will be a good choice!
Happy Thanksgiving, Winos! I know we all share in our gratitude for enjoying a delightful bottle of wine. But it’s always better when you get to enjoy that delight with a great meal, like Thanksgiving, and maybe even with some great friends and family. What will you be drinking with your meal? Leave a comment and let us know!!