Great news – good wines for your Thanksgiving meal don’t cost a lot of money!
All you need is a wine that’s got a lot of fruit and good acidity – one that will compliment the many flavors in your feast not overpower them.
Here are some of my choices to get you started as you peruse those crowded wine isles. I would suggest calling stores ahead of time if you’re set on a specific wine. Or, even easier…buy the wines online at H-E-B’s new website and simply pick them up when you go to the store.
Beaujolais! This light, bright red wine is always popular this time of year. You might start with a celebratory glass. Georges DuBoeuf , who I had the pleasure of interviewing this summer, is the ‘king’ of Beaujolais wines. You’ll see them at most H-E-B’s. Be adventurous and try some of the Cru Beaujolais like the Brouilly. They’re a bit more complex, are very inexpensive and very food friendly.
This year I’m choosing Meiomi Pinot Noir. At about $19 a bottle, this California Central Coast wine is a winner. It’s made by the Belle Glos (Clark and Telephone) folks known for their attractive and delish pinot that sells for about $40 and has the thick, long, red wax bottle neck.
As for the whites –
Why not some bubbles! Sparklings pair with a variety of foods and add such a festive mood to any event.
Anna Codorniu Brut Cava – a Spanish sparkler from one of the oldest wine producers in Spain. A bargain at about $15 – H-E-B
Some other ideas –
Simi Chardonnay from Sonoma is another good choice at about the same price point.
Viogniers – Fuller bodied with floral and fruity aromas but dry on the palate, so it pairs perfectly with a variety of foods. Texas is making some wonderful Viogniers…look for Becker Vineyards, Brennan Vineyards and McPherson Cellars to name a few.
Off the Beaten Path…
Anne Amie Cuvée A Müller Thurgau – Lots of fruit and florals on the nose but a refreshingly dry wine from Oregon. Plenty of acidity so it pairs with a variety of foods. If you can find this one, it’s very inexpensive at about $14 and would pair nicely with the big meal. (Spec’s)
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving everyone! Don’t hesitate to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions. I would suggest calling the stores ahead to be sure they have the particular wine you’re looking for.