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!
Vino 301’s video recap of some of this fall’s wine tours. We had a blast leading the tours. I hope you have as much fun viewing our video as we did leading tours to Maryland’s vineyards and wineries. Enjoy and cheers!
Millstone Cellars (Monkton, MD) ciders and meads are non-traditional, dry ciders. Millstone ciders are complex and flavorful. With every taste, you will experience and enjoy different flavors. If you are not use to this style of cider, try using the cider as a base for cocktails instead of a spirit. It is a refreshing change to your traditional cocktail.
Cidermakers are not only using apples. Maryland ciders are made with pears, strawberries, and other seasonal fruits. Great Shoals Winery (Silver Spring, MD) Bartlett Pear sparkling wine is a fan favorite at wine festivals. It can be served with most appetizers and entrees.
Do not be surprised if you are served mead wine with your pumpkin pie at Thanksgiving dinner. Mead is made with honey. It is honey wine. It is often prepared as a dessert wine. Orchid Cellar (Middletown, MD) has a selection of mead dessert wines that pair well with most desserts. However, mead is not a one trick pony and is made in a semi-sweet style as well.
Vino 301 wine tours visits some cider and mead tasting rooms. Give ciders and meads a try this fall on a wine tours or serve Maryland’s ciders and meads during the holidays.