First of all, lighter is better. That plate is gonna be full of a ton of food, gang, and you sure don’t want some high alcoholic wine forcing you into an early slumber, especially before dessert. So forget that “America’s Wine” thing, and skip the Zinfandel. With its 14-16% alcohol level, you’ll be in for the big sleep. Skip the other biggies as well, like Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Syrah.
So where does that leave you? With tons of fantastic options, that’s where. Pinot Noir, Riesling, Gewurtztraminer, Gruner Veltliner, Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris, Cru Beaujolais (even the dreaded Noveau), any Gamay for that matter, Barbera, Dolcetto, Frappato.
And then there’s one of my big favorites….rosé. Yup, rosé is going to be one of the bottles on my table. I think it’s perfect with not only the bird, but also with all of the the trimmings. Get over the “rosé is only for summer” myth and give it a try. You’ll thank me in the morning.
Another great idea is cider. There are a number of great artisinal “hard” ciders out there, and they are simply delicious. Add to that about 5% alcohol. and you’ll outlast anyone at the dinner table. You’ll probably be the only one awake for that prime time football game.
So that should give you enough to go on when you step into your favorite local wine shop. Don’t let them bully you. Walk tall, head held high, and demand your any-of-the-above. Most important, Happy Thanksgiving.
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