How to Make Dinner More Fun: Wine Tips for Thanksgiving

Screen Shot 2015-11-11 at 10.24.16 AMWith Thanksgiving right around the corner, you may be thinking of all the great food you’re going to get to eat. But if you’re anything like me, cooking may not be your strong suite. So instead of figuring out what temperature to cook a turkey or the proper way to make yams, focus on something more fun–wine!

Don’t get flustered with the hundreds of varietals there are, just stick to the basics. For your white wine choices, you can’t go wrong with a nice Riesling, Pinot Grigio, or a Sauvignon Blanc. Riesling goes great with foods that are sweet, salty and spicy. Pinot Grigio compliments goods that are rich and flavorful, while Sauvignon Blanc is better with foods that have a citrus-based flavor–which makes it a great choice for turkey and mashed potatoes.

Is your family torn on white wines? Not a problem. There are plenty of fantastic reds that pair excellently with all your Thanksgiving foods. Cabernet Sauvignon are very popular, but can be a little too tart and rich with tannins to go well with turkey. The best reds for dinner are Pinot Noir, Zinfandel, and Syrah. Zinfandel is a nice full-bodied red that is best served with bitter, spicy and sweeter flavors. Syrah compliments stuffing and both dark and white meat turkey nicely. Pinot Noir is fan favorite for Thanksgiving. It’s one of those wines that pairs well with almost anything you serve at dinner, especially turkey and stuffing.

Now that you have an idea of what wine to get, now comes the next obstacle–how many bottles to buy. Say you have at least ten guests  (that are of age to drink) and each person has at least two glasses, an average of 20 glasses, that means you need a minimum of five bottles of wine. If you’re not sure the wine habits of your guests, a good place to start is one bottle of wine per two guests, just to be on the safe side.

But wait you may be wondering how much of each wine you should get. A safe bet is an equal split of white and red. But if you’re unable to do that, reds are a good choice since they pair better with meats and anything sweet.

From our family at to yours we wish you a Happy Thanksgiving!

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