Thanksgiving menus often begin with appetizers and move to turkey, mashed potatoes, yams, herb-filled stuffing, cranberry relish, and pumpkin or pecan pie. Is there a single wine that can take you seamlessly from start to finish?
The art of pairing wine with food is mostly a matter of personal preference and is simply all about balance! With white wines, the priority is finding a wine with well-balanced acidity. Reds should have reasonably tame tannins that will yield to and support the flavors of the food. Our selection of Texas, American and Antiquity wines will have your Thanksgiving dinner spread covered.
- Antiquity Sauvignon Blanc: Known for its citrus-based flavors that can be surrounded by herb or mineral undertones, this crisp white is a prime pairing candidate for turkey and mashed potatoes.
- Pinot Grigio: This white wine is a natural for the demands of Thanksgiving day. Because of our 2019 unique fermentation. this wine has savory baked pear aromas with fresh crisp citrus that is capable of handling garlic and onions, herbs and rich, flavorful, high-fat dishes.
- Pinnelli: While this semi-sweet proprietor’s blend may not boast the name recognition of say, chardonnay, this white offer the perfect opportunity to shake up the Thanksgiving table. You’ll take your guests on a little wine adventure while maintaining excellent pairing power.
- Schrock: This white wine is fairly sweet, and it’s excellent with any dishes that are spicy, salty, or sweet. Whether you choose a traditional Riesling or Gewurztraminer, a sweeter choice can be a top pick for a Thanksgiving dinner white wine. Our Schrock’s innate flavors of fruit, floral, and honey, and its clarifying acidity give it a significant pairing edge with the likes of sweet potatoes, turkey, and spiced or herb-filled stuffing.
- Texas Cabernet Nouveau: A light, fruity red wine, this Cabernet Sauvignon is unoaked and it goes quite well with ham, cranberry sauce and all the fixings. This wine is complimented by peppers and chocolate, while a strong backbone tempers deep fruit on the palate.
- “I Have Zin’d” Texas Zinfandel: A fuller bodied red, zinfandel is more intense than pinot noir and maintains a balancing effect on many traditional Thanksgiving side dishes. It’s a great wine pick for those looking for a heartier red wine with the capacity to accommodate spice, bitter, and sweet flavor profiles.
- Antiquity Syrah: The Syrah (or Shiraz) grape can bring a spicy edge or a meaty character to the table. It often increases the complexity while graciously handling the cornucopia of flavors in a traditional Thanksgiving meal. The prevalent peppery notes of Syrah partner well with herb-infused stuffing and both white and dark turkey meat.
- Crimson: This semi-sweet red blend is excellent with any dishes that are spicy, salty, or sweet. With smoky dark chocolate, brown sugar, vanilla and anise flavors this wine compliments the bold, flavorful and rich selections that Thanksgiving has to offer.
Rosé is a worthy of consideration for Thanksgiving dinner. Along with sparkling wines, they provide a capable go-between for those not firmly camped in either the red or white wine trenches. As for rosé wines, our drier Antiquity Rosé Inanna will be the most versatile for pairing with virtually any part of the Thanksgiving feast. If you prefer a sweeter blush wine, our Bernhardt Blush is a blend of red and white, and boasts bellowing aromas of sweet candied berries that brings balance to an array of spicy, salty, or sweet dishes.
When it comes to wine and pie pairings, fortified wines are an excellent choice. These wines offer the sweetness and viscosity to support the rich flavors and robust spice of pumpkin pie and the caramelized flavors in pecan pie.
Pairing port with pie is a pretty straightforward partnership that extends beyond pumpkin and pecan pie. If you’re a port fan, consider our Tawny Reserve to contribute a distinctive nutty, sweet, spice-filled character to the pumpkin or pecan pie pairing. You can count on our Port Reserve to bring rich, concentrated flavors of opulent ripe plum, dark berries and dark cherry to a variety of desserts.
One of the essential parts of the Thanksgiving feast is choosing the wine, and we got you covered! Happy feasting!
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