Thanksgiving is much more than a big meal with family and friends. It’s a time to reflect on, and be thankful for all of the good things we have. This year, there is so much to be thankful for. But let’s be honest, on a holiday like this, you may find it extremely difficult to find the perfect wine to serve with your dinner. Between the turkey, all the side dishes, and trying to please all of your guests wine preferences. It is understandable, if this seems like an overwhelming task. To make your life easier, rather than trying to pair the wine with one dish, opt for bottles that complement a wide variety of foods. Some safe and food friendly options for this special dinner, are red wines like Pinot Noir, Syrah and Beaujolais. If you prefer white wine, opt for a Sauvignon Blanc. I’d like to share some of the wines I’ll be serving at my dinner table with various price points.
Archery Summit has a variety of fantastic Pinot Noirs. The 2014 Arcus Estate Pinot Noir offers, opulent fruit notes of raspberry coulis, wild strawberry and fresh red cherry rises from the glass. The palate offers generous flavors of concentrated raspberry, Oregon blackcap and blackberry, leading into notes of spice box and lavender incense. A viscous texture creates lasting impressions of ripe black fruit that melt gracefully into the dark chocolate finish. $125
The 2018 Angeline Pinot Noir from Russian River Valley is another fantastic choice. This Pinot Noir is the embodiment of all of the favorite characteristics from one of the most acclaimed Pinot Noir growing regions. Notes of juicy red fruit accompanied by hints of baking spices offering vibrant acidity with notes of Rainier cherry, pomegranate and allspice with soft, silky tannins. $20.00
The 2017 Carr Santa Barbara Syrah is a classic example of exceptional Central Coast Syrah. This wine offers plenty of richness and texture, balanced with expressive notes of ripe cherry and blackberry. Fragrant aromas of violet and smoke round out the nose while the palate brims with concentrated flavors of fresh fruit and spice. This medium bodied yet elegant wine delivers a seamless finish, exhibiting a subtle dryness and velvety tannins. $35.00
This wine is made with 100% Gamay, which has a lot of similarities to Pinot Noir. Beaujolais is described as a refreshing red wine with low tannins and bright acidity. The 2018 Louis Jadot Beaujolais will pair well with a large variety of your Thanksgiving dishes. $15.00
The 2019 Duckhorn Sauvignon Blanc is bright and captivating. It begins with head-turning aromas of pineapple, mango, guava, lemon cream and nectarine. The luxurious tropical notes are echoed on the palate, where they mingle with flavors of lychee, peach, white flowers and honeydew melon, all gliding to a fresh and focused finish. $30.00