If there is a holiday that calls for some vino, it’s Thanksgiving. More than any other beverage, wine is most significantly linked to the harvest, the celebration of another holiday season and the reminder of all the things we are grateful for.
A great wine can take any humble holiday tradition, and make it extraordinary. To take the guessing out of choosing, below is a list of 5 rules to stick to this Thanksgiving:
1 – Choose “user-friendly” wines. By that I mean easy-drinking, inexpensive wines from reliable producers.
2 – “If it grows together, it goes together” – Thanksgiving is an AMERICAN tradition, so selecting wines from regions like the North Coast of California and Finger Lakes of New York will add to the experience.
3 – Stay away from anything that is heavily aged in oak and high in alcohol content. Both of these things tend to hurt more than help when it comes to food. One of which, might hurt a little longer than just dinner (haha). And lower alcohol will allow you to drink more wine -Yay!
4 – Holidays are a special occasion… special occasions call for champagne! The bubbles in sparkling wine act as a palate cleanser and face it, who doesn’t love any excuse to pop some bubbly? Even non-vino lovers typically can’t pass up a nice glass of champagne.
5 – To be safe, calculate 1 bottle of wine per guest. Many stores allow you to mix and match cases, so you can still provide a variety without spending a fortune. Any unopened, leftover bottles you can save for gifts or entertaining later in the year. That is, if you still believe in leftovers or sharing after the holiday season 🙂
Here are a few of my affordable recommendations:
Dr. Konstantin Frank Dry Riesling (Finger Lakes, New York) $16
Honig Sauvignon Blanc (Napa Valley, California) $16
Iron Horse Unoaked Chardonnay (Sonoma County, California) $24
Conundrum California White Blend (California) $21
Au Bon Climat Santa Barbara County Pinot Noir (Santa Barbara, California) $20
La Crema Russian River Valley Pinot Noir (Russian River Valley) $35
Chateau Ste. Michelle Cabernet Sauvignon (Washington State) $17