Are you ready for Thanksgiving?Â Iâ€™m not, but as you plan your special gathering for next week and prepare your grocery list, donâ€™t forget the wine!Â Selecting the right wine for Thanksgiving can often be a tedious task, but donâ€™t worry, I am here to help!Â Whether you are serving Ham, Turkey, Prime Rib or Lamb; the following information will make you look like a wine guru!
How much wine to buy?
When trying to figure out â€œhow much to buy,â€ the usual estimate is one serving per guest per hour or one serving with each course of the meal.Â A typical wine â€œservingâ€ is 4 ounces and you will get six glasses of wine per 750 ml wine bottle.
What to Buy?
There are a couple of universal wines that can cover just about anything you serve!Â Most hosts like to offer one red wine and one white wine that will satisfy their guestâ€™s tastes and work well with the meal.Â Here is a universal red wine and a universal white wine that can fulfill all your needs.
-Beaujolais Nouveau:Â Â A special wine only released the third Thursday in November each year that celebrates the end of the grape harvest in France and perfectly timed for Thanksgiving.Â Nouveau is a delicate red wine withÂ Â soft fruit flavors and a silky, smooth finish.Â Nouveau is perfect with just about anything including Turkey, Ham, Prime Rib and even dessert like cheesecake.Â Best served lightly chilled, put it in the refrigerator for about 15-20 minutes before you serve it to your guests.
-Riesling: Â Rieslings can vary from semi-dry to sweet and offer flavors of peach, apricot, apple and honey.Â Rieslings tend to be a â€œcrowd pleaserâ€ wine because of their light sweetness and fresh finish.Â Rieslings pair perfectly with Ham, Turkey and Pumpkin Pie.
If you are looking for more specific guidelines for your meal, here are some quick notes to help select those perfect wines!
Turkey (Smoked) :Â Full bodied Chardonnay or Riesling
Turkey (Baked or Deep Fried): Light bodied or Unoaked Chardonnay, Riesling, Gewurztraminer or Pinot Grigio.
Ham (Smoked):Â Riesling, Gewurztraminer, Pinot Noir or Beaujolais Nouveau
Ham (Honey Glazed):Â Riesling or Gewurztraminer
Prime Rib/Steak:Â Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec or Pinot Noir
Lamb Chops:Â Pinot Noir or Beaujolais Nouveau
Dessert Wines:Â Riesling, Moscato, Gewurztraminer and sparkling wines like Asti or Brachetto
Always remember the #1 rule when pairing food and wine, serve a wine that you know your guests will enjoy.Â If the pairing recommends a dry red wine and no one likes dry red wine, donâ€™t do it!Â I hope these guidelines make selecting your Thanksgiving wines a bit easier this year.Â Â
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