Alsace for Thanksgiving

Recommended Riesling and Pinot Gris


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Alsace for Thanksgiving We tend to get caught up recommending red wines for Thanksgiving, and it's usually domestic wines at that. There’s something about the onset of fall that makes us think of and look forward to drinking rich red wines again, and the sweet flavors of Thanksgiving just seem to have an affinity for the intense, dense fruit of West Coast wines in particular.

With all that clouding one’s judgment, it can be hard to see the less obvious but perhaps better suited matches for Turkey Day. I’m not going to say that the myriad Pinot Noirs I just got through recommending are not great wines for the holiday, but I will say that some other wines, oh say white wines with richness, spice and a touch of sweetness, could be just as good, and are likely even easier to pair with all the disparate flavors we’re going to be faced with.

Alsatian wines are well known for being just that, rich, off-dry and spicy. It’s a wonderful recipe for delicious wines, but more to the point, it’s going to work with your butternut squash soup, candied yams, Turkey with cornbread and chorizo stuffing, and even a nice almond cake or roasted chestnuts. In short, Alsatian wines, and in particular Pinot Gris and some Rieslings, are perfect for your big meals from start to finish. Consider one this Thursday!

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