Special Note from Despaña Vinos Y Más Shop Manager - Kathleen Hall Smith
Thanksgiving dinner presents a special challenge in wine pairing. Think about the foods you will be serving for Thanksgiving: tangy/sweet cranberry sauce, herbal chestnut stuffing, rich butternut squash soup, creamy mashed potatoes, vegetal/buttery green beans, salty roasted turkey, savory turkey gravy …. so many contradictory flavors and textures! Which wine should you choose?
You will need a wine with medium to high acidity to cut through the fatty/creamy textures. A wine not too high in tannins because that will overwhelm the mild flavors of turkey. A wine with an abundance of fruity flavors to complement/counterbalance the sweet side dishes. The answer is: there is no ONE wine! It’s all a matter of personal preference -- and the key is to pick versatile wines that will harmonize with the many flavors of the meal. The key to wine & food pairing is Balance and Harmony.
That being said, you must remember that wine pairing is highly subjective to a taster’s preferences. The BEST wine to pair with a meal is whatever wine a taster likes – no matter what!