Choosing Thanksgiving dinner wines isn’t rocket science. When you have a dinner for family and friends, you may want to know what wines to serve. If you are a guest, what wine should you bring to the hostess? Luckily, you have lots of options. Here are some suggestions for you.
Wines to Serve for Thanksgiving Dinner
If your Thanksgiving dinner is the traditional one with a turkey and all the trimmings, you are definitely in luck. Either white or red will go well with turkey dinners. The driest reds, like Zinfandels and Cabernets may be too dry unless your guests prefer that kind of dryness in their wine. If you’re unsure, try medium dry wines like Merlots and Syrahs.
Dry white wines, like Chardonnay, work great with turkey and wonderful with all the trimmings. Even the less dry wines, like Chablis and Pinot Grigio are also great choices.
Remember to keep all of your wines chilled just a bit. Whites do well with more chilling, but reds also benefit from a serving temperature of around 56 degrees.
These are also good choices for you to bring along if you are one of the guests. These are the kind of wines that your host or hostess will appreciate having at their Thanksgiving dinner.
Add Wine Bottle Labels for Decor and Celebration
Many of us add fun decorations to our table for Thanksgiving. Things like a cornucopia centerpiece and pilgrim salt and pepper shakers. Now, you can also decorate your wine bottles for the holiday. Customize these labels for your own details and add a bit more Thanksgiving decor.
All Vegetarian Thanksgiving Dinner
Many more people these days have turned to eating vegetarian, with out any meat. Personally, my family has had many all-vegetarian Thanksgiving dinners. And yes, we still serve great wines with these meals. Typically, the white wines go best with vegetarian dishes. The white wines have a more delicate flavor so they complement the more delicate flavored vegetable dishes.
No Hard and Fast Wine and Food Rules
The good news is there are no written-in-stone rules for wine and food pairings any longer. Wine is about enjoying the taste. Wine enhances the flavor of foods, so they also enhance our enjoyment of our Thanksgiving dinners. What ever types of wine you and your guests enjoy are the best wines to serve at your meal.
If you aren’t sure what types of wines your guests like, then have a nice variety for them to pick from. Even consider offering a little tasting time prior to serving. If your guests enjoy wine, they will also enjoy discovering a new variety or type of wine.