Eric Guido

Location: Ridgewood, NY

Food and Wine Writer for Snooth Media, Chef, Musician, Poet, Wine Lover, and Workaholic. Owner, Chef and Writer for The V.I.P. Table.

Thanksgiving Pairing Guide

Does anyone else feel like this Thanksgiving really snuck up on us?  Especially living in New York City, where Super-Storm Sandy has been the first thing on all of our minds for the past few weeks.  However, this morning, it all became a reality as my wife wanted to discuss what I’m doing for Thanksgiving.

 

Of course I’m making a turkey with all the trimmings.  She really didn’t need to ask.  But what I really started to think about is what wines I’d be serving with Thanksgiving.  The reality is that a Thanksgiving dinner can be a little difficult to pair with, because there are so many diverse flavors on the table.  Turkey, cranberry sauce, stuffing, sweet potatoes (some sweeter than dessert), mashed potatoes, corn—the list goes on and on.

 

Luckily, I’ve had a lot of experience pairing wine at Thanksgiving, and trust me; I’ve been let down plenty of times.  However, we learn from our failures, and the list below is my list of wines that are sure to succeed.  Each one should be versatile enough to handle an array of traditional and unique side dishes, and of course, will pair perfectly with turkey.

2. Macari Chardonnay Early Wine (2012)

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The nose was lively with a bouquet of green apple, melon, stony minerals and a spritz of citrus. On the palate, a wave of semi-sweet citrus fruits turned to green apple acidity with a slight fizz that spread across the senses. The finish was pure, clean yet showed citrusy green melon and left the mouth watering. (89 points)

 

Chardonnay (No oak), I once heard someone say that Chardonnay is a blank canvas on which a winemaker can paint a beautiful picture.  Unfortunately, that picture is often of an oak barrel.  There’s a lot of buttery (oaky) Chardonnay out there, and it has its place, especially against buttery dishes.  However, I invite you to try an unoaked Chardonnay, and what better time to do it than at Thanksgiving?  When you take away that layer of oak, Chardonnay shows the qualities of the winemaker more than the barrel.  In this case, it’s also an early wine, which really kicks up the freshness of the wine, lowers the alcohol, and makes it a great pairing for your holiday meal.

 
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