German Riesling Spatlese

Sweet Potato Casserole with Wine

The Story:

Did you know that Thanksgiving is the #1 day to drink wine in America?  Me neither, because the way I drink wine, you would think everyday was a holiday!  And since it's hard enough choosing a wine for Friday night from a sea full of labels at the grocery store, I decided to host a pre-Thanksgiving potluck dinner to showcase 6 wines that would work with any holiday spread.

I invited the regular "tasting" crew (winos), along with a few other close friends and tried to get everyone to bring a dish.  I wanted a little bit of everything on the table, including sweet potato casserole, maple glazed ham and who could forget, turkey.  We were scheduled to start dinner at 8, but by 8:15, it was clear we were running behind.  We forgot to buy enough cheese for the macaroni and the stuffing was missing an extra bag of breadcrumbs.  Plus, my friend needed to toast her heaping mound of marshmallows on top of her casserole and another friend needed to throw her rolls in the oven.  Luckily, I bribed everyone to stay and wait by pouring a delicious and beautiful holiday cocktail (details coming soon).

We finally sat down to eat at 8:40 and I raised my glass in a toast to good friends, good food and a special thanks for not ripping my head off due to starving bellies.  And with that, we started our meal.  We took each glass of wine and tried a few bites of food.  The pairings were close to perfect and over the next couple weeks, I will be sharing them with you.  Today, I start by highlighting my absolute favorite, sweet potato casserole (extra marshmallows, please)!

 The Pairing:

The problem with choosing one wine for Thanksgiving dinner is that there are so many different dishes on the table.  A wine that does the trick every time is a slightly sweet, German Riesling Spatlese.  The 2006 Ansgar Clusserath Trittenheimer Apotheke Riesling Spatlese from Germany is a great choice.  The hint of sweetness in the wine works incredibly well with sweeter dishes like maple glazed ham and of course, sweet potato casserole.  Plus, Riesling is incredibly versatile with food due to its naturally high acidity and low alcohol level so it's sure to work with just about any dish.  In addition, guests who don't often drink wine will also enjoy its touch of sweetness.

What I like about this particular Riesling with sweet potato casserole is the wine has a rich texture helping it to stand up to the heaviness of the dish.  There is also a smoky element that plays nicely off the toasted marshmallows.  Additionally, the wine has enough sugar to stand up to the sweetness of the yams.  Finally, the length of the wine's finish along with its refreshing, clean acidity make you want to take another bite of the food and then another sip of the wine.  Cheers!


Please let me know your comments in the section below!  What is your favorite dish to serve for Thanksgiving dinner?  Do you have a wine you like to pour on Thanksgiving?  Let's chat!

Where To Find The Wine:

The 2006 Ansgar Clusserath Trittenheimer Apotheke Riesling Spatlese retails for $29.99 (only 166 cases were produced) at Khourys Fine Wine & Spirits.  Please visit their website: or call 702-435-9463.  They can ship anywhere!