Whatever thoughts or memories you conjure up when thinking about Thanksgiving, one thing goes without saying, we are all thankful for wine. Now deciding what to serve on the big day can lead you in many directions, all of which are perfectly fine. Red, white, sparkling, the great thing about the third Thursday of November is that you really can’t go wrong.
Now before your friends and family are stuffed to capacity, here are some recommendations to bring you from apps to naps. How many you pick up, well my friend, that’s up to you. A bottle a person if you’re ambitious but, that’s a conversation for another day.
While it’s not a very revolutionary idea to pair a turkey focused meal with pinot noir, it’s one that makes sense and who are we to mess with a happy relationship? The elegant flavor profile, the bright acidity, a body that doesn’t overpower. Trust us when we say, your Thanksgiving guests will be quite satisfied with this choice of red.
Mud House Pinot Noir* – Aromas of red cherry, dried herbs, scented oak and vibrant spice. Smooth on the palate with dark cherry and bramble flavours delivering a long finish with fine tannins and balanced acidity.
A refreshing and fruity choice that’s incredibly versatile and a great go-to for your Thanksgiving festivities. Like the pinot noir, beaujolais are light to medium bodied and easy on the tannins.
Louis Jadot Beaujolais Villages – Fresh red fruits on the nose with a hint of dark cherry. Slightly spicy with a touch of grey pepper, liquorice and a touch of rose flower.
The italian workhorse of a wine that really goes well with everything. Light in body with bright, fruit flavors, the barbera earns it’s reputation as the most food friendly wine.
Agostino Pavia & Figli Barbera D’Asti Blina – Intense, full and vinous with evident scents of plum, raspberry and juniper. Well-structured and smooth, with an elegant silky texture, that makes the wine pleasant and crisp. Well-balanced acidity and tannins are followed by an intense aftertaste with sensations of spices and red fruit.
The crisp white with citrus-based flavors of a sauvignon blanc are delicious on their own. Bring in some turkey and mashed potatoes and your mouth will thank you.
Loveblock Sauvignon Blanc* – Lifted aromatics with white peach, passionfruit and citrus notes. White peach and tropical fruits abound. The lingering finish is underscored with mineral acidity.
When it comes to dry, sweet whites, rieslings have always been a Thanksgiving favorite. Pairing well with turkey, sweet potatoes and stuffing, you can’t go wrong with a few bottles.
Rheingraf Riesling Spatlese – More intense than delicate with peach, apricot and mineral flavors.
*Wines featured in “The Challenge,” the 111 Lex Liquors wine tasting challenge running from November 20th, 2016 to March 20th, 2017