The perfect wine for Thanksgiving

What is the perfect wine to pair with your Thanksgiving turkey? Here are a few tips for our American friends in the UK.

Photo: Tim Sackton Photo: Tim Sackton

Pinot Noir

You do not need a massive wine to pair with the delicate flesh of a freshly roasted turkey. A delicate red wine such as Pinot Noir would probably be a better match. US Pinot Noir – either from California or Oregon – would be the obvious choice here. Alternatively, you can opt for Burgundy Pinot Noir such as Domaine Carré Hautes-Côtes de Beaune. Light and delicate on the palate with bright raspberry and cherry flavours, it will be delicious with your Thanksgiving turkey!

Gamay (Beaujolais Cru)

Gamay produces wines which are not too dissimilar to Pinot Noir, generally light-bodied with bright fruit aromas. Beaujolais crus – wines made from grapes grown in one of the top vineyards of the region – can offer incredible value. Paul-Henri Thillardon’s Chénas Les Carrières would be a great choice: fresh dark berries and cherry flavours yet with enough structure and delicate tannins.

Red Côtes-du-Rhône

A Grenache-based blend from the Southern Rhone is likely to be significantly fuller-bodied than Pinot Noir or Gamay, but round and not overly tannic. Why not trying a red Côtes-du-Rhône by Clos du Mont-Olivet, one of the top estates in Châteauneuf-du-Pape? This is rich and soft on the palate with plenty of flavours that will remind you of ripe strawberries, plum and chocolate.

Burgundy Chardonnay

Yet you do not necessarily need a red wine to drink with turkey. When served with classic pan gravy, a full-bodied white wine could even be a better choice. Domaine Cornin Pouilly-Fuissé Les Chevrières is made from Chardonnay grown in Southern Burgundy. It has intense flavours of white fruit, citrus, nuts and butter, together with a full-body yet with sufficient acidity to balance the rich sauce.

Photo: Yi Wang Photo: Yi Wang

Rosé Champagne

Champagne could also be an option to celebrate with your friends and family. However you need a Champagne that is rich and vinous enough to pair with turkey. Rosé Experience by Champagne André Jacquart – made from 80 % Pinot Noir and aged in barrels – has an unusually deep pink colour and intense aromas of red fruit, biscuit and nuts. On the palate, it is rich and vinous and will be the perfect partner for your Thanksgiving turkey.

Do not hesitate to contact us (sylvain@sipandlearn.co.uk) if you have any questions regarding food and wine pairing.

Happy Thanksgiving!

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