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A MATCH MADE ON TURKEY DAY

Whether you have a few guests coming or what feels like the whole neighborhood, picking out wine for Thanksgiving dinner (maybe the most anticipated meal of the year) is no easy task. Everyone has different tastes and their is normally a complex array of side dishes happening at one time. But don’t let this stress you out, Thanksgiving should be a day to celebrate and your wine experience is something to savor and enjoy. We’ve put together a simple guide for our best picks to serve during your Thanksgiving feast.

White Wine

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Because of the variety of side dishes that are normally on the heavier side, pick a white that is light and refreshing with a well-balance acidity and maybe a little fruit. Riesling or Gewurztraminer are always great options, but if you prefer something on the dry side, try a Sauvignon Blanc or an unoaked Chardonnay.

Dr. Loosen Dr. L Riesling
Bright, vibrant and fruit driven with a touch of sweetness, this Riesling will match perfectly with the flavors on your plate.

Chateau Ste. Michelle Gewurztraminer
This gewurztraminer is full of expressive fruit and clove flavors along with a crisp acidity, making it a perfect match for this hearty feast.

MAN Sauvignon Blanc
This Sauvignon Blanc has a crisp acidity and tropical fruit flavors that will complement your Thanksgiving dinner well and is a great option for those who don’t love sweet whites.

A to Z Unoaked Chardonnay
If you’re looking for a dry white with a little extra body, this unoaked Chardonnay will work well. It has floral and citrus flavors and a tremendous depth, but is balanced with the perfect acidity to complement the heavy foods on your plate.


 

Red Wine

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Of course you can serve a red wine with turkey, just nothing too heavy or full-bodied. A light, bright and fruity red will be the perfect contrast to the flavors on your plate. Go with a Pinot Noir or Beaujolais. For something with a little more body you can try a Zinfandel or Syrah.

Meiomi Pinot Noir
Expressive boysenberry, blackberry, dark cherry, juicy strawberry, and toasty mocha flavors lend complexity and depth on the palate that will perfectly complement your Thanksgiving dishes.

Bread and Butter Pinot Noir
A delicious Pinot Noir with flavors of cherries and dark chocolate along with a super soft and smooth texture, this is a perfect addition to any Thanksgiving table.

Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais Nouveau
A young, refreshing wine with fruity flavors that is only released on the third Thursday in November every year. The seasonality and flavors of this wine make it a perfect companion to any Thanksgiving dinner.

Louis Jadot Beaujolais-Villages
Light bodied with flavors of fresh red fruits and dark cherries, this French wine is a perfect option for Thanksgiving dinner. It has a nice acidity that will help balance out the heaviness of your plate.

The Opportunist Shiraz
With a well-balanced weight and bouquet of ripe fruits, cherries and blackcurrants this is a great option full-bodied option that won’t overpower your meal.

Terra D’Oro Amador Zinfandel
This Zinfandel is well-balanced with tons of flavors of plums and blackberries, making it a perfect (heavier-bodied) option to contrast your Thanksgiving meal well.


 

Rosé

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If you’re looking for a wine in between, a light, crisp and fruity rosé will match perfectly with this robust meal.

Ménage à Trois Rosé
A blend of Merlot, Syrah and Gewurztraminer, this rosé is full of fruit flavors such as raspberries and strawberries with a smooth lovely and smooth finish that will not overpower your feast.

Fleurs De Prairie Rosé
Delicate flavors of strawberry, rose petals and herbs plus a bright refreshing acidity allows a perfect complement to anything and everything on your table this Thanksgiving.


 

Bubbly

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Sparkling wine can make a great addition to any meal, but adding it to Thanksgiving dinner just adds a little extra note of celebration to your meal. Try going with a Brut or dry sparkling wine such as Prosecco.

Korbel Brut
Light and refined crisp flavors of fruit and citrus ending with a balanced finish perfect for any dish Thanksgiving throws at you.

Chandon Brut Classic
Flavors of apple, pear and citrus and a hint of spice lead to a soft and dry finish you will enjoy with your meal.

Ruffino Prosecco
Fine bubbles caress the palate while intense flavors of apples and peaches give way to a pleasing finish allowing it to go perfectly with anything on your Thanksgiving table.


 

And remember, the wine that goes best with your food… is the wine you like. There are no wrong answers. You don’t have to get a bottle of everything, pick 1 or 2 reds and 1 or 2 whites and stick with it. That will give you enough variety to have something each guest will enjoy. And if you’re wondering how much wine you will need, remember there are about 5 glasses of wine per 750ML bottle. Expect that each wine-drinking guest will have about 2 glasses of wine per hour. (Ex. 6 guests of drinking age x 2 glasses each x 4 hours = 48 glasses / 5 per bottle = 10 bottles of wine) If you know some of your guests will drink more or less you can adjust from there.

7 Wines for 7 fish

If you celebrate Christmas Eve in an Italian household there is a good chance your table is filled with many different kinds of fish. If you’re wondering what type of wine will pair best, we recommend a light white wine or a very light red wine.

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Opici Vino Bianco – $9.99
“The Marche region of Italy has long been known for producing structured and balanced white wines from the native Verdicchio variety. Trebbiano adds further structure to the final blend, while Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc contribute delicate fruit aromas. Dry in style with a clean, crisp citrusy finish.

Packaged in a traditional ornamental fish bottle used for centuries in this region, it pays homage to the Marche’s rich history. It is also a good indication of the ideal pairing. Serve with any and all seafood dishes. Best when young.”

Cantina Zaccagnini Pinot Grigio – $15.99
“Pale yellow with green nuances; very delicate bouquet, fragrant with extremely pleasant aromas. Very fresh and well-balanced flavors. With a crisp and elegant finish.”

Luna di Luna Chardonnay/Pinot Grigio – $8.99
“A stylish and distinctive wine with an elegant charm that always takes center stage. Well-balanced with an abundance of fruit flavors, this contemporary Luna di Luna blend of Chardonnay and Pinot Grigio is meticulously crafted for everyday enjoyment.”

Banfi Pinot Grigio – $9.99
“A crisp, dry wine from northern Italy, it is fresh and fruity with a flowery bouquet. A perfect accompaniment to light dishes or by itself, as an excellent aperitif.”

Blue Fish Original Riesling – $8.99
“A little over 100 years ago, enterprising growers in western Germany’s Pfalz region, joined together to start crafting and selling their wines. TOday, over 460 families participate in this venture, of which Blue Fish is the highest quality wine produced. Smooth and dry, this harmonious Riesling bursts with alluring aromas and flavors of fresh apricots and ripe peaches. It is a fine match with fish dishes, pastas and Asian-inspired cuisine.”

E. Guigal Cotes du Rhone Rosé – $13.99
“Fresh with an expressive nose of red fruits and citrus. Notes of raspberry and redcurrant. Fruity, fine and round. A well-balanced and elegant wine.”

Louis Jadot Beaujolais-Villages – $11.99
“An easy-drinking wine made with grapes of the highest quality from the Beaujolais region of Burgundy. A plump wine with notes of strawberry, black cherry and spice.”

Best types of wine:
Pinot Grigio, Pinot Grigio/Chardonnay Blends, Light Chardonnays, Dry Riesling, Imported Rosé, Light Reds

Lemon Garlic Parmesan Shrimp Pasta

Lemon Garlic Parmesan Shrimp Pasta

Ingredients
8 ounces Linguine Pasta
2 Tablespoons olive oil
6 Tablespoons butter
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1¼ pound large shrimp
salt and pepper to taste
1 teaspoon italian seasoning
4 cups baby spinach
½ cup parmesan cheese
2 Tablespoons parsley, chopped
1 Tablespoon lemon juice

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Beef Stew and Cheesy Mashed Potatos

Beef Stew and Cheesy Mashed Potatos

Ingredients
4 Top Round Steaks
2 Ounces Cheddar Cheese
3 Carrots
1½ Pounds Yukon Gold Potatoes
1 Bunch Parsley
1 Bunch Thyme
4 Tablespoons Butter
3 Tablespoons Beef Demi-Glace
2 Tablespoons Tomato Paste
2 Tablespoons Crème Fraîche
3 Tablespoons Beef Stew Spice Blend (All-Purpose Flour, Garlic Powder, Yellow Mustard Powder & Sweet Paprika)

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Grilled Tilapia Bowls with Chipotle Avocado Crema

Grilled Tilapia Bowls with Chipotle Avocado Crema

Ingredients
Tilapia Seasoning:
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon of cumin
1 teaspoon of garlic powder
½ teaspoon of salt
¼ teaspoon of pepper
2 large tilapia filets

Chipotle Avocado Crema:
½ cup of plain Greek yogurt
juice of one lime
1 large avocado
1 garlic clove
1 chipotle pepper {from a can of chipotle peppers in adobe sauce}
salt & pepper

Other Ingredients:
3 cups of cooked quinoa
15 oz. black beans, rinsed and drained
2 ears of fresh corn, shucked
¼ cup of fresh cilantro
1 roma tomato, diced

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Skirt Steak with Truffle Oil Parmesan Fries

Skirt Steak with Truffle Oil Parmesan Fries

Ingredients
1½ pounds skirt steak
1 tablespoon olive oil
Sea salt and cracked black pepper
1 bag (16oz) frozen french fries
¼ cup finely grated Parmesan cheese
1-2 tablespoons truffle oil
2 tablespoons chopped fresh rosemary

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Greek Tortellini Pasta Salad

Greek Tortellini Pasta Salad

Ingredients
1 frozen (16 ounces) cheese-filled tortellini
1/2 cup thinly sliced red onion
1 cup cucumber, chopped
1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
3/4 cup kalamata olives, halved or sliced
1 cup feta cheese
Optional: fresh parsley

For Dressing:
1 lemon
1/4 cup +2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
1 1/2 teaspoons minced garlic
1 teaspoon white sugar
2 teaspoons dried oregano
1/2 cup olive oil
Fresh cracked pepper, to taste

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Spiced Corn on the Cob

Spiced Corn on the Cob

Ingredients
6 ears corn, unhusked
6 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 teaspoons chili powder
1/4 cup grated cotija cheese
1/4 cup freshly chopped cilantro leaves
Juice of 2 limes

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Balsamic Watermelon Feta Salad

Balsamic Watermelon Feta Salad

Ingredients
For the dressing:
2 Tablespoons balsamic vinegar
2 Tablespoons red wine vinegar
Salt and pepper
1/4 cup olive oil

For the salad:
1 (5-pound) watermelon, cut into bite-sized chunks
6 cups fresh spinach or arugula
1 red onion onion, thinly sliced
2/3 cup feta cheese, crumbled
1/2 cup slivered almonds
2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil

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Grilled Jerk Pork Chops

Grilled Jerk Pork Chops

Ingredients
4 boneless pork chops
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 teaspoon dried thyme
1 teaspoon allspice
1 teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon black pepper
½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
3 garlic cloves, minced
cilantro, to garnish
pineapple chunks, to garnish

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