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Thanksgiving Pairings: The Best Wines for Every Foodie’s Favorite Holiday

There are very few meals that equal the gastronomical delight of Thanksgiving.  With wave after wave of mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, casseroles, stuffing, pie, gravy, and, of course, turkey, what is the perfect wine to grace your table for this delicious annual celebration?  Just in time for the holiday, Firstleaf has the perfect wines to set your Thanksgiving table.

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2017 Coqueverie Pinot Noir - California

Wine: 2017 Coqueverie Pinot Noir - California

Food: Stuffing and Mashed Potatoes

For the ideal Thanksgiving pairing, you want a wine that has enough flavor that it won’t be overwhelmed by the stuffing and gravy, but is subtle enough to harmonize with the turkey.  Pinot Noir fits this description perfectly, and the Coqueverie is a stunning example of the varietal. Notes of pomegranate and cherry radiate from the glass with soft undertones of vanilla and spice.  The bright fruit notes shine even brighter with a bit of cranberry sauce, while the secondary flavors of the oak pair brilliantly with stuffing and mashed potatoes.
2017 Idlewright Chardonnay - Australia

Wine: 2017 Idlewright Chardonnay - Australia 

Food: Butternut Squash, Green Beans, and Sweet Potatoes

When it comes to white wine, you can’t go wrong with Chardonnay on Thanksgiving.  Many whites are too light, sweet, or acidic to make for a great pairing with many holiday classics.  That being said, a full-bodied Chard provides just the right texture, weight, and profile for many of Thanksgiving’s most delicious dishes. Items such as butternut squash, green beans, and sweet potatoes can be incredibly difficult to pair with.  Thankfully, the spiciness found in the 2017 Idlewright Chardonnay acts as the perfect companion to these dishes.  Its full body and creamy mouthfeel means it won’t be overpowered by other foods on the table as well.
2017 Incarnadine Pinot Noir Zinfandel Blend - California

Wine: 2017 Incarnadine Pinot Noir Zinfandel Blend - California

Food: Gravy, Biscuits, and Cornbread

Zinfandel adds weight to this atypical blend, as well as a beautiful pop of raspberry to match the Bing cherry and cranberry notes of the Pinot Noir.  The mouthwatering acidity is balanced with a judicious amount of oak, resulting in a wonderfully round mouthfeel with hints of vanilla bean and baking chocolate. The Incarnadine Blend works with Thanksgiving on so many levels.  The acidity cuts through the richness of the gravy, while the fruit notes compliment biscuits and cornbread alike.
2015 Le Douleur Exquise Grenache - France

Wine: 2015 Le Douleur Exquise Grenache - France

Food: Stuffing and Gravy

French Grenache is among the greatest red wines to pair with food found anywhere around the globe.  With a moderate body, intense fruit, and layers of earth and herbs, Le Douleur Exquise is a masterpiece in a bottle.  This wine displays well integrated tannins which creates perfect balance with the acidity. For those who love gravy-drenched stuffing, this Grenache is the perfect wine for you.  The combination of earthy minerality, provinçal herbs, and black olives is a delightful complement with the stuffing.  The tannic structure will balance the richness of the gravy as well, making Le Douleur Exquise an ideal accompaniment to any Thanksgiving meal.
2017 Piedra Gana Tijeras Pinot Noir - Chile

Wine: 2017 Piedra Gana Tijeras Pinot Noir - Chile

Food: Turkey, Mashed Potatoes, and Gravy.

While Chilean Pinot Noir tends to have many of the same fruit forward characteristics as Pinot grown in California, there is one quality that tends to stand out in the wine grown here.  There is a minty, refreshing quality that is reminiscent of eucalyptus.  This wine displays a perfect balance between these qualities, with lively tannins and a focused acidity to harmonize with the meal. With its unique profile, the Piedra Gana Tijeras does very well with almost every aspect of the Thanksgiving table.  It pairs surprisingly well with grilled greens, while working wonders with all of the classics such as turkey, mashed potatoes, and gravy.
2016 Composure Chardonnay - Paso Robles

Wine: 2016 Composure Chardonnay - Paso Robles

Food: Butternut Squash, Sweet Potatoes, and Apple Pie

Rich in style with an opulent mouthfeel, extended finish, and enveloping notes of stone fruit, this Chardonnay is certain to elevate every aspect of your Thanksgiving dinner.  Undertones of vanilla, cinnamon, and nutmeg provide a beautiful layering in the profile of the wine.  A slight hint of citrusy lemon curd creates a beautiful counterpoint to the oak tones of the wine. As with the Idlewright Chardonnay, the oak note on the Composure is an ideal accompaniment with butternut squash and sweet potatoes.  The spice notes can carry all the way through to dessert as well.  Try it with some apple pie for a wonderfully unique pairing.

No matter what food graces your table this Thanksgiving, Firstleaf has the wine for you.  From creamy Chardonnay to zesty Grenache, there is certainly a wine for every palate. We hope that you enjoy our Thanksgiving selection and thank you for allowing us to join your holiday festivities.

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