Wine For The Thanksgiving Meal

Thanksgiving is here and now is the time to choose the perfect wine to compliment the meal. Choosing wine to enhance the varied tastes of quests, variety of foods served, and the many aromas of this holiday does not have to be a difficult task. Many merchants offer specials and promotions of popular wine choices in the week preceding Thanksgiving.

If you are new to choosing wines to compliment meals you probably have a lot of questions. Today's mantra is that you can exercise your own judgment and choose a wine that you love as a favorite or you can go by what has been known to work. Those wines that are known to accompany a heavy Thanksgiving dinner such as Pinot Noir, Syrah/Shiraz, and Zinfandel are the choice of the veterans. These are the favorites among red wine lovers. For those who enjoy a good white wine there is the Sauvignon Blanc, Viognier, Gewurztraminer, and Riesling.

So, if we want to get technical, we could say that the wines that offer a light-medium body with lower tannin levels are the best for meals that provide a variety of flavors. Wine lovers rarely choose a wine simply to please their palates but to compliment the meal.

For example: The Sauvignon Blanc is a white wine that has an earthy, herbaceous flavor that would compliment the turkey well and the herbs that usually is in the stuffing. While on the other hand, you have Pinot Noir which is a red wine that is a traditional favorite for Thanksgiving. This wine is known for its ability to compliment any food items.

Pairing wines with foods is something that can be done without much of a problem if you know the overall abundant flavor of the wine. Riesling is a white wine that has a distinctly bone dry or sweet taste to it that is perfect for the dishes that are known to be spicy. Since flavoring is very important when choosing a good wine for Thanksgiving dinner, take a look at these popular wine choices and how they might add to that all important holiday meal. Then make your choice. Zinfandel, Syrah/Shiraz, and Beaujolais Nouveau are all wines full of deep fruit flavors and a robust taste that would add to the many dishes of the Thanksgiving meal. But always remember, the wine is not there to overpower the meal but to compliment the flavors of the many dishes that make up the entire meal.