We did the hard work of thinking about what wines to pair with different food on your Thanksgiving dinner table so you can relax and enjoy your company with great food and wine/bourbon.
- Rouanne Brut Nature 2019 (Vinsobres, Southern Rhone, France) : A rose sparkling wine from Southern Rhone from a historic estate with 12th century medieval castles? Yes! This wine will blow you away with the crisp yet ripe strawberry notes and abundant bouquet of dried thyme and rosemary that one uses often for the Thanksgiving dinner. Enjoy it as an aperitif wine to accompany a cheese board or even just chips and dips. This wine uses zero dosage, meaning there is no added sugar at the time of bottling this sparkling rose wine. The makeup of the wine is 55% Mourvèdre, 20% Cinsault, 10% Syrah, 10% Marselan, 5% Grenache.
- Clean Slate Riesling (Mosel, Germany): We all need a clean slate, especially right now. However, Clean Slate in the label actually refers to thin blue slates that makeup the soil in Mosel region, where the Riesling grapes are planted on steep slope along the Mosel River. This would be the perfect wine to accompany all the sweet or spiced side dishes on the table such as candied yam, cranberry sauce and any other side dishes that lean heavily on either black peppers, all spices or red pepper flakes.
- Chappellet Mountain Cuvee 2018 (Napa, CA) : This is the blend that was so popular when served as the "house Napa" in Walt Disney Resorts that Chappellet Winery started selling under its own label, "Mountain Cuvee." One only needs to take a sip to realize why it is a favorite among many: well balanced red blend showing dark currants and cassis and the wine seems to have staples of Thanksgiving herbs (thyme and sage) as well as spices (cinnamon and clove) built into the aroma and the taste. Ripe but soft tannins hold it all together for you to enjoy it with either turkey or ham of your Thanksgiving dinner.
- Redemption Bourbon: For your dessert course of either apple/pecan pie, cake, creme brulee or ice cream, Redemption Bourbon is the perfect pairing. 75% corn gives this bourbon the signature sweetness of caramel popcorn while 21% rye and 4% malted barley contribute to the spiciness to make sure that you can still taste the bourbon, either as a stand alone course or as in the cocktail of your choice.