1. Turkey menu
You've likely heard that red wine complements red meat and white wine suits white meat, but that's not the whole story: Texture matters too. Turkey can be dry, so if it's the centrepiece of your meal, choose a wine that can complement it. Consider a crisp, mouthwatering white wine, such as a Riesling, or a light red wine with juicy berry flavours, such as a Pinot Noir.
When planning a menu, chefs know that "what grows together goes together," and the same applies to wine pairing. If your menu includes specialties that celebrate your family's heritage, consider serving a wine from that part of the world. Likewise, if you're celebrating local foods with your Thanksgiving dinner, look to your local wine region for beverages to serve.
3. Provide a variety of wines
If you just can't decide, consider offering a variety of wines and letting your guests choose for themselves. This approach works especially well if you're hosting a buffet or serving a family-style dinner rather than a formal one. And don't forget to provide a nonalcoholic option for your guests, too. Grape juice, cranberry cocktail and apple cider are three delicious seasonal options.
|This story was originally titled "Pairing Pointers" in the October 2012 issue. |
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