by Merlene Paynter
Turkey, roasted root vegetables, sweet potatoes, buttery mashed potatoes, savoury stuffing, tart cranberries and spicy sweet pumpkin and apple pie. It can be difficult to find a wine to pair with all of the flavours of a Thanksgiving feast. Traditional wine pairing rules suggest that a white wine can pair with poultry.
Depending on the number of guests and your own tastes you might consider starting with a dry sparkling wine as your guests arrive. A glass of bubbly instantly adds a special feeling to your celebration.
I asked Michele Bosc, Director of Marketing with Chateau des Charmes winery in Niagara-on-the-lake for some help with selecting wine for the Thanksgiving meal.
“A fresh, crisp Ontario Riesling would fit the bill. Earth & Sky Riesling has hints of lemon and lime and a zesty zing of acidity to make a delightful match with many of the side dishes that often accompany turkey.
For red wine lovers, Earth & Sky Pinot Noir makes a delicious pairing with Thanksgiving turkey, goose or even ham. The fresh strawberry notes compliment fruit chutneys and the mushroom and spice notes work well with many dressing recipes. Experiment with your guests and have both bottles on the table to see who prefers which wine.”
And don’t forget the dessert wines. A late harvest riesling can pair nicely with desserts or a Niagara ice wine can be dessert itself or try it poured over ice cream.