Pairing Linganore Wines for Thanksgiving:
By: Matthew Lorman, Sommelier
With Thanksgiving quickly approaching, now is the perfect time to start planning your Thanksgiving Day menu and begin selecting wines that compliment the feast. The question that always comes up this time of year is which wine pairs perfectly with turkey? The good news about this question is that there is no right or wrong answer; there are many Linganore wines that can compliment your spread from crisp whites to fuller bodied reds.
It is important to remember that a typical thanksgiving spread contains a multitude of dishes showcasing a variety of tastes, textures, and aromas that are almost as assorted as the bounty of the fall harvest. Thanksgiving is a feast of diverse food, so why limit your guests to just one type of wine?
If you are a red wine drinker try a nice glass of our Black Raven or Bacioni. Black Raven pairs well with any Thanksgiving meal because it is light-bodied and fruit forward, which will not overpower the “pièce de résistance” of the meal; the turkey. Black Raven is reminiscent of a classic Beaujolais Nouveau that is always released for sale on the third Thursday of November in France to celebrate the end of the harvest. Historically speaking, this wine release coincides with the week before thanksgiving, so naturally it became a staple for wine fanatics across the world. Instead of a bottle of Beaujolais this year, reach for a bottle of Black Raven; it is sure to be a crowd pleaser because of its fresh, fruity, and easy-drinking characteristics.
One of my favorites for the holidays is Linganore Bacioni. This is a very versatile wine that can match a wide variety of foods. Bacioni is a blend of Chambourcin, Barbera, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Cabernet Franc, which compliments any type of roasted meat perfectly. This wine is very food-friendly, not only suitable for the holiday bird, but also the many trimmings that go along with it.
If white wine is more your style, there are many options to choose from. A nice Chardonnay from Linganore will enhance any holiday spread with its smooth buttery finish that makes for a classic pairing with poultry. Looking for something a little lighter? Try our Terrapin or Melody for a refreshing burst of flavor that will offset the heaviness of the big meal. These wines are crisp, clean, and smooth, and are surely a crowd pleaser from the beginning to the end of the meal!
Don’t forget about dessert! After all no holiday meal is complete without it. For pairing with pumpkin and pecan pie, try a glass of our Abisso Ruby Port with Grandma’s freshly baked goodies. Abisso has the ability to stand up to any rich dessert your guests may bring. Are you serving delicious chocolate desserts? If so, pick up a bottle or two of Indulgence; it is sure to impress even the most fanatical chocoholic!
Picking out the perfect wine for this feast is no easy task, but follow these guidelines and your guests will leave your house raving about not only how delicious the food was, but also how the wine complimented the day! This will surely have your family and friends dreaming about the meal they just consumed while they enjoy their tryptophan-induced nap!
Stop by the winery for any of these wines or pick them up at your local liquor stores. Leave a spot in your holiday spread for a bottle or two of Linganore wine and it is sure to become a family tradition. Happy Holidays everyone!