This season, I’m trying to pare things down a bit. I’m going back to my roots and looking for wines that are more budget friendly. These wines will pair well not only with your Thanksgiving meal, but your desired price point too.
Let’s start with white. Chardonnay is a great wine to drink with turkey and all the carb- laden sides like buttery mashed potatoes, scalloped corn and flaky dinner rolls. The Ritual Chardonnay (see top left) is from Chile in the Casablanca Valley. It’s fermented in 30% neutral oak, 30% concrete eggs and 40% stainless steel tanks. A great balance with good acids to complement what could otherwise be food that can veer on the bland side. For $11.99 at Costco this wine is a steal; especially when compared to California Chards.
If you crave bubbles, my tried and true favorite is Saint-Hilaire (second one from the right, above). It drinks like a Champagne that commands 5 times the price. The monks of the Abbey of St-Hilaire created this sparkling wine a century before Champagne even came on board the sparkling wine bandwagon. So put that in your pipe and smoke it Champagne snobs! 😉 Sparkling wine is very food friendly. You can enjoy it when you start with the appetizers, all the way through dinner and sip it with dessert. This one was $9.99 at Costco. Fricking outstanding price!!!
For the die-hard red fans. You know who you are. I haven’t forgotten you. I’m saving the best for last because red is my favorite too. Pinot Noir is your best bet to serve with turkey on Thanksgiving. For those of you who love a more full-bodied Cabernet, then choose a Pinot from California. I love Meiomi. It’s the less expensive, but still tasty cousin to Belle Glos. For around $15, it’s a smooth, juicy sipper. Erath and Hyland both come from Oregon. Erath is the more traditional Pinot with powdery tannins and very light fruits. The Hyland has flavors of vanilla, cola and coffee. Erath runs around $14 and Hyland $20 both from Costco. (Yes, I bet you can tell that I made a Costco run last weekend.)
Of course, if none of these wines float your boat feel free to drink whatever you like. Rosé or sparkling Rosé are both great options for Turkey Day too. If you try any of the ones I mentioned, let me know what you think. The most important thing is to spend the day with those near and dear to us and reflect on the many blessings in our lives.
Have a blessed and wonderful Thanksgiving!
Cheers my dears!