With Thanksgiving being celebrated all across theUSA today and around the world by the American diaspora, I thought we should take a look at some drinks options for serving at the dinner table.
Of course, I know most of us won’t be celebrating with a Thanksgiving dinner, but I think it’s fair to assume that those of us who do will be sitting down to the traditional roast turkey with all the trimmings. When it comes to matching a red wine to turkey, I like to go with either an elegant Pinot Noir or a rich Chardonnay or indeed why not both!
In keeping with the theme, I have gone with American wines, but even if you don’t plan on taking part in the celebrations today there’s a good chance that you will be doing something very similar on December 25th, and these recommendations will work just as well with the Christmas turkey.
Byron is super silky Pinot Noir from a boutique estate. This is a single vineyard Pinot from cool-climate Santa Barbara County. Aged for 8 months in French oak but you can barely tell it is there. This sumptuous Pinot is all about superb, intense fruit and boy does it deliver.
Clos du Val is a gloriously rich, Carneros Chardonnay from the hands of top Napa producer. Powerful and full-flavoured, this wine never disappoints a must for fans of complex whites, in many ways it is like a warmer Meursault!
Of course wine isn’t the only option; why not consider serving some excellent craft beers with your Thanksgiving dinner this year. Turkey pairs beautifully with a wide variety of beer styles. Personally I would favour a beer with a rich malty back bone, something like Sierra Nevada’s Tumbler would be perfect. This autumn seasonal release is a classic brown ale with toasty malt balanced with a little hop bite.
If you fancy something fuller and smoother then a Belgian triple would be a perfect match. For an American take on this style try Victory Brewing’s Golden Monkey. This light bodied Belgian style ale is incredibly easy drinking but deceptively high in alcohol. Expect considerable depth of character with herbal and fruity notes.
For dessert I suggest the super smooth and soft Founders Breakfast Stout. Brewed with flaked oats, dark roast coffee, roasted malt and semi-sweet chocolate, this is one to sip and take your time with. Works perfectly with pecan pie!
And what would be more traditional for Thanksgiving Day than some pumpkin beer. In general pumpkin beer is smooth with a sweet, malty backbone and added spice. For a traditional take on pumpkin beer try Post Road Pumpkin Ale from Brooklyn Brewery.