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Thanksgiving Dinner and the Perfect Wine Pairing

You  been tasked to bring wine for Thanksgiving dinner.  There so many choose …where do you begin? Here some tips to consider:

  • Everyone likes a sparkling wine (well almost everyone):  Sparkling wine is the most versatile wine.  It is the little black dress of the wine world, it is good for any occasion.  It can be paired with almost any meal.  Try a dry sparkling wine, a brut, with your meal and a demi-sec,sweeter sparkling with dessert. Who does not like the bubbles with the meal!?!
  • This is not a time to serve your limited vintage wine:  You know Granny enjoys her box wine.  Thanksgiving dinner is not the best setting to introduce your rare vintage of French wine.  Save your fine wine for another occasion.  Serve what your guests typically enjoy.  Do not vary greatly from what you know what your guests enjoy.
  • Serve a wine blend when you do not your guests preference:   If you are cautious about selecting specific varietal (e.g., Chardonnay, Merlot), select a blend wine. Blend wines will have at least two or more varietals. A blend wine will even bring a smile to your grumpy Aunt Ida’s face.
  • Pairing your meal with your wine: Here are some varietals that will compliment your meal and please your guests
    • White wines:  Albarino, Pinot Grigio, and Sauvignon Blanc 
    • Red wines: Pinot Noir, Syrah, and Zinfandel 
    • Dessert wines: Port, Cider
  • Serve Maryland wine:  More and more wine stores carry Maryland wine. Many stores have a local wine section. Several Maryland wineries offer the wines listed above and can be found at wine stores. If the store does not carry it, ask them if they can order it for you.  Also, you may be able to order your wine online directly from the winery.

Have a very, very safe and happy Thanksgiving!  Vino 301 Wine Concierge is thankful for your continued support and we wish you well during this holiday season.  Cheers!

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