Check your calendar. Yes, Thanksgiving is almost here. It's past time to start wondering how you'll up the ante at this year's holiday table. Whatever you do, don’t panic. Just when you think your bag of tricks is empty the right pairing will appear under your nose. It's easy to get caught up in the pursuit of quirky originality, but that's a fast and easy way to miss the mark. Pairing sparkling rosé and chocolate truffles is by no means revolutionary, but it's so obvious that you may not think to suggest it. When it comes to chaotic holiday tables, simplicity and grace will always prevail.
You're not going to get brownie points (unless you pair them with a fruit-forward Pinot Noir) for trying, and failing, to successfully pair steamed artichokes with...with...exactly. You can't do it, which is exactly why you’ll try. Indefatigable stubbornness is a beautiful quality. Maybe this year you'll convince a few people that steamed artichokes are improved by a glass of Vermentino
, but most of that success is born of effort alone. Take your E for Effort while the majority sticks with tried and true delights.
Sparkling rosé and chocolate truffles is a dessert fit for the most elegant holiday affair. Your evening probably starts with a celebratory white sparkler. Make sure the party ends on a high note too. (The second sparkler should be served before adult coffees -- the hallmark of any occasion’s end.) Your meal may introduce a variety of grapes along the way; Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Grenache, and maybe a Petit Verdot. Wind things down with a sparkling wine that will encourage further celebration and kick-start digestion. The sparkling rosé will not detract from the build you've created with the grapes served throughout your meal. Sparkling wine, no matter the course, will always invoke celebration. That's a personal guarantee.
One of my favorites for sparkler-thirsty crowds is Mionetto, and their well-made, easy-going Prestige Collection Gran Rosé
is perfect for chocolate truffles. Here is a list of chocolate truffle recipes to make yourself
. But if you’re pressed for time, I recommend placing an order with the friendly folks at Voila Chocolat
. You can customize your flavors to suit the occasion or meal. Why not give yourself a break and get someone to pinch-hit on dessert?
Photo credit: Mionetto USA