Thanksgiving Wine Pairing 101
The key to outfitting your Thanksgiving spread is selecting a variety of delicious, food-friendly wines from Washington State winery Chateau Ste. Michelle. Here’s how to show up for the Thanksgiving holiday with wines that pair perfectly with every part of your meal.
Pairing wine with a Thanksgiving feast is a particularly daunting task: Not only do you have to contend with a variety of sweet and savory dishes, but you also have to keep both your white- and red-loving guests happy. That means stocking up on more than just your go-to red blend—no matter how versatile it may be.
Whether you’re searching for the ideal companion to a green bean casserole or need a workhorse wine to get you through the main event, here’s an easy guide to all the wines you’ll need this Thanksgiving.
Start Slow and Rosy
Odds are you’re not serving heavy appetizers before the holiday feast. So, start with a wine that is equally easy-going, like a rosé.Chateau Ste. Michelle Columbia Valley Rosé is a delightful accompaniment to lighter items like crudité and melon balls, as well as richer pre-dinner bites like stuffed mushrooms, cheeses, and deviled eggs.
Keep It Simple (and Refreshing)
for the Bird of Honor
As your guests sit down and immediately slice into the turkey, have their wine glasses prepped and ready to be enjoyed with a pour of Chateau Ste. Michelle Columbia Valley Riesling. Whether you’ve roasted, smoked, or deep-fried your bird, this Riesling will showcase the meat’s rich and savory flavors beautifully.
Add Variety to Spice Up Sides
For many people, side dishes are the reason for the season. They also come in handy if you have guests going meatless (we see you, vegetarians!). Whether you’re skipping the turkey or just going for broke on green bean casserole and yams, it’s important to have options for pairing. Sweeter, spice-flecked sides like candied yams, cranberry sauce, and raisin-studded stuffing shine alongside the jammy flavors of Chateau Ste. Michelle Indian Wells Red Blend. Savory and spicy sides, on the other hand, can be paired with a wine that will give your palate a bit of relief. Go for the soft and elegant Chateau Ste. Michelle Columbia Valley Chardonnay, which exhibits sweet apple and citrus flavors along with subtle spice that marries well with each zesty bite. Don’t be too strict, though. Feel free to experiment with your pairings.
Contrast Sweet Desserts
Whether you’re serving classic pumpkin pie, opting for a selection of spiced fruit pies, or getting fancy with a cheese and fruit board, the wine you choose should complement rather than compound the sweetness of your dessert.Chateau Ste. Michelle Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon has the ideal balance of fruit and silky tannins that shine when paired with a creamy pumpkin pie, as well as a rich complexity that will elevate a selection of flavorful cheeses and berries. Its energizing flavor will also prevent you from dozing off before you finish every last sweet morsel.
Now that you have a plan, you’re ready to stock up on the perfect Chateau Ste. Michelle wines for Thanksgiving. Just be sure to remember the one final rule of food and wine pairings: As long as you like it, it works.