Pick A Non-Traditional Wine for Thanksgiving

Pick A Non-Traditional Wine for Thanksgiving

The holidays can be stressful, so don’t let picking out a wine add to your angst.

There are tons of great reasonably priced bottles out there that will please your guests and help everyone relax.

Because you want to leave the good stuff for another day. On a long holiday like Thanksgiving, you’re much better off with a $20 bottle so you can buy enough to last all day.

It’s always nice to start with a bubbly though. It’s celebratory and instantly relaxes everyone. And you can easily keep pouring it throughout the meal.

And while Pinot Noir is a great choice for a confusing meal like Thanksgiving, we’ve got some other non-traditional crowd-pleasing suggestions to try.

Rosé All Day

There’s no need to just say that in the summer.

“Rosé is great with turkey and one of the few wines that could work with cranberry sauce,” says Joe Campanale, beverage director and co-owner of various Manhattan restaurants including including L’Artusi, Anfora, and Alta Linea. So consider his Annona Cerasuolo d'Abruzzo.

Or try the Ocaso Sparkling Rose Malbec, suggests Gary Fisch, CEO and founder of Gary’s Wine and Marketplace in Wayne, NJ. It’s got that beautiful salmon color, a little bit of fruit and a decent amount of acidity and body to handle the whole meal.

And while Riesling is a usual choice when looking for a white wine for Thanksgiving because it too can run the gamete, consider a Sauvignon Blanc instead. Fisch suggests the Round Pond Sauvignon Blanc, especially because it has enough body to take you from appetizers to turkey.

Pick Light Easy Reds

As we’ve mentioned, a Beaujolais Nouveau would work great with the whole meal.

Or try a red blend, like the Pessimist. The label alone will spark conversation but the wine speaks volumes. It’s low in tannin, has great fruit and plenty of flavor to stand up to the barrage of food.

A Chateauneuf du Pape always works great too, says Jessica Norris, director of wine education at Del Frisco’s Restaurant Group, New York City. Grenache is the primary grape used in the wine, followed by Syrah and Mourvedre but there are 13 allowed varieties allowed in Chateauneuf du Pape.

Or take a risk and try some different grapes.

Like the Zweigelt from Austria. It’s light-bodied red wine with modest tannins for that cranberry sauce and turkey, says Jennifer Simonetti-Bryan, Master of Wine

Or a Trousseau from the Jura, which is in the northeast part of France near the Switzerland border.  It’s also known as the Bastardo grape, again, good for conversation. “It’s a bit more on the funkilicious side but its light and crisp,” says Simonetti-Bryan.

And funkilicious might be exactly what you need at an all-day family gathering.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Tracy Byrnes, former FOX Business Network anchor and host of “Wine with Me” for Foxnews.com, is editor-in-chief and chief contributor of The Sip. 

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