Wine for Thanksgiving

What wine will go with your Thanksgiving meal? For most of us, that can be the most daunting question of the holiday. There is a fear that the wrong wine will ruin the meal. The good news is, there is no wrong selection.

The first rule of thumb is to choose the type of wine you favor, according to fabFood. Because there are so many flavors in play at a Thanksgiving meal, there are numerous ways to pair your food and wine. FabFood says reds, whites, roses and sparkling wines all have a place at the Thanksgiving feast.

Karen MacNeil, author of “The Wine Bible,” says there is one easy rule to follow: match good to good and great to great.  A basic holiday meal of turkey and potatoes calls for a basic Zinfandel or Shiraz. However, a more gourmet meal calls for an expensive Bordeaux or a top-notch Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon.

MacNeil suggests letting food flavors dictate wine flavor. For example, a spicy stuffing would taste better with a spicy wine. The wine expert said to take your recipes to the wine shop with you and let the wine merchant help you make a good selection.

Offer more than one choice to your guests. This allows guests to find a wine that will satisfy their palate at the Thanksgiving table.

Here are some suggestions for pairing wine with your Thanksgiving dinner:

fabFoods: Choosing Wine for Thanksgiving Dinner

SeriousEats: The Basics of Pairing Drinks with your Food

For your upcoming holiday party, call Serendipity and let us prepare a savory menu for you and your guests. We will work with a sommelier from Corks or Park Avenue Wine & Spirits in Denver to provide a wine paring sure to complement the meal.

Visit Corks at 1620 Platte Street, Denver CO 80202 or call 303-477-5799.

Park Avenue Wine & Spirits is located at 3480 Park Ave. West and can be reached at 303-477-5700.

Once you have selected your wine, remember to store your wine in a dark location at a constant temperature. The ideal temperature is 55 degrees, however anywhere between 45 to 70 degrees is acceptable, according to the Food Lover Companion. When possible, store wine bottles on their sides to keep the cork from dying out and shrinking. Shrinking allows air into the wine, disrupting the flavor.

White wine should be served at about 50 degrees and red wine at 65. Food Lover’s Companion warns against chilling white wine more than two hours before serving as it will dull the flavor.

Here is a toast to a Happy Thanksgiving!


Serendipity's Chef Todd got a private tour and a sneak peek of the 2012 release — the 2010 harvest — at a winery three hours outside Madrid, Spain.


At the winery in Madrid.


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