For those of us that are hosting this Thanksgiving, the challenges begin as to what to prepare and how many offerings are considered enough. I feel for the most part we constantly over think and over deliver for the feast. As we explore ideas and recipes for the big day, we are introduced to wonderful dishes beyond, stuffing, turkey, cranberry sauce, and classics. Same goes for our wine selections for the big feast as well, Chardonnays have dominated the table over the years as the proper pairing on Thanksgiving, but the field has opened up to a variety of wonderfully structured wines that will enhance turkey day. On that note, I’d like to introduce three exquisite Greek wines that will really drive the balance of pairing.
Our first offering will actually be a sparkling rosè from the region of Naoussa. We don’t often think of bubbles when it comes to Thanksgiving, but it’s actually a great way to begin any experience or feast. Sparkling wines wake up the taste buds, cleanse the palate, and stimulate flavors. My recommendation would be Kir Yianni Estates ‘Akakies’ Sparkling Rosè. Ideal with salty appetizers, sharp cheeses, tiropitakia, and spanakopitakia.
Our next selection will be a dry rosè that is eloquently balanced to work with our appetizers and multiple dishes that will accompany the big bird. Dry rosès are eventually becoming a preferred option rather than a trend. Their structure, which consists of great fruit qualities along with adequate acidity and crispness, makes it ideal to pair with foods that are well seasoned and have good amounts of oils and fats. My recommendation is Mylonas Winery Rosè, which is produced from Mandilaria & Malagousia, two indigenious Greek grapes that create wonders.
Lastly, I will be choosing a red wine over a white wine for our turkey. This might be an unorthodox approach, but I’m all about the chemistry of how we are preparing our dishes. A light bodied red wine with slightly sharp tannis can really drive home the pairing. Poultry that is well seasoned and buttered sitting in a bed of root vegetables and fruits will pair wonderfully with a light bodied red wine. My recommendation is Vaeni Winery Xinomavro.
Enjoy these pairings and your feast. Always keep exploring with wine, you never know what you might fall in love with. Stin Ygeia Sas!