Wine & Thanksgiving: the Perfect Pairing

Good food, good people and good wine.

Tis the season for giving thanks and these happen to be at the top of my ‘things I’m thankful for’ list. With Thanksgiving just a week away, most of us will be surrounding ourselves with these three things. It’s what makes the holiday worth celebrating, being able to surround yourself with people you love, food that you probably love more and wine, that personally, I love most of all.

The hardest part about combining these things is that everyone has a Thanksgiving dish and everyone has a favorite wine. It’s next to impossible to accommodate everyone’s specific taste.  Which is why you need to remember the first thing about pairing food with wine: wine WILL make your food taste different. Whether that different is better or worse depends on the pairing, for example you shouldn’t pair bitter wine with sweet food because sweet food will amplify the wine’s bitterness.

We’ve put together a starter list of what wines go with what foods:

Sauvignon Blanc will be your perfect Thanksgiving dinner pairing because it’s the perfect wine to serve with turkey.
It also goes great with:

  • Citrus
  • Light sauces
  • Key Lime Pie
  • Feta and goat cheese

Chardonnay goes great with

  • Asiago and Havarti
  • Veal, chicken and pork
  • Potatoes and squash
  • Vanilla pudding and banana bread

Riesling is the perfect dessert wine and goes great with

  • Apple Pie and Pumpkin Pie (Thanksgiving favorites)
  • Sea Bass and Trout
  • BBQ and spicy sauces

Merlot would be great with

  • Parmesan and Romano cheeses
  • Steak
  • Dark Chocolate and berries

Cabernet fits perfectly with

  • Cheddar and gorgonzola
  • Venison and tuna
  • Black cherries and bittersweet chocolate

Enjoy these perfect Thanksgiving wine pairings (for apps, the main course and dessert).Serve your wines in the new Tervis wineglasses and you’re sure to give your guests something new to be thankful for. But don’t forget:
It’s not happy people who are thankful, it’s thankful people who are happy.

Hillary Terhune