What wine to serve with Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving Pies with Wine

 

The Story:

You're sitting on the couch, halfway slouched over watching the game and someone asks "Who wants pie?"  You take a moment to look down at your unbuttoned pants, bulging belly and scan the room to see who is tempted to say yes.  At this point it's hard to even breathe, let alone think about eating anything else.  Then you hear the words "We've got Pecan, Pumpkin or Apple!"  Visions of pie topped with whip cream and a scoop of vanilla bean go running through your head and although you know you should probably starve yourself for a week after today's caloric intake, you yell back "Apple, please!"

The Pairing:

Now that you've figured out what wine to pair with everything from sweet potato casserole to brisket of beef, why not wow your guests even more so by pouring them a glass of dessert wine to accompany an assortment of Thanksgiving pies?  I recently sampled the 2007 Jackson-Triggs Vidal Icewine from the Niagara Peninsula of Ontario, Canada with pecan, pumpkin and apple pie and I have to say, the wine was magic with all three!

This wine is seriously liquid candy.  It's lush and full of apricot, golden raisin and honey notes with a touch of pear, orange creme and brown sugar hiding in the background.  For as sweet and syrupy as this wine is, it's backed by a beautiful balance of acidity that leads to a fairly long finish.  The spice in the wine worked incredibly well against the spice found in all three pies, especially the pecan.  I also enjoyed the texture of this wine with the pumpkin pie and since pumpkin pie is so dense, I adored the wine's opulent body with it.  More so than anything however, I loved how well the wine's bright acidity helped to wash down the food and especially how well it worked with the tart granny smith apples used to make the apple pie.  Cheers, we're just days away!!

Comments:

Please let me know your comments in the section below!  Do you make room for pie on Thanksgiving?  What do you do after you eat?  Let's chat!

Holiday Nuts with Wine

The Story:

On a recent episode of the "Real Housewives of New Jersey," it was prom night for Kathy Wakile's daughter.  Her date Paulie knocked on the door with his corsage and boutineer in hand.  Little did Paulie know that Rich, Kathy's husband, was waiting to have the talk that every boy dread's getting from a girl's father.  Rich led Paulie into the kitchen and asked him why he hadn't brought flowers for his wife Kathy, making the boy seem nervous and a little worried.  As Paulie takes a seat on the stool at the center island, Rich asks, "I read the itinerary.  You guys are going to come back at 5 in the morning.  What are you guys gonna do 'til 5 in the morning?"  Paulie looks away for a moment and then with a slightly scared grin says, "go to formal.  Hang out."  Of course this is when Rich gets really personal, "And do what?" he says.  Rich leans over the counter towards Paulie to make it clear he's watching him.  Rich then grabs a bowl of mixed nuts sitting on top of the counter and begins to crack open a nut.  He then asks, "Want some nuts?  Have you ever had broken nuts?  Cracked nuts?"  He then pauses and says, "Why are you nervous man, relax?"  Kathy walks in at that moment and saves poor Paulie.  I had two thoughts after viewing this episode.  First, I'm glad I'm not Paulie, and second, I'll never look at a bowl of whole nuts with a nut cracker the same way!  Hold on tight to your family jewels, Paulie!

The Pairing:

During the holidays, we always had whole nuts with a nut cracker on the coffee table.  I loved cracking the nuts and making a mess.  Of course, my grandmother would always tell me to grab a plate and give me a look that meant the nut cracker wasn't a toy.  I recently decided it would be fun to pair up this holiday favorite with wine.  Even if you're not a fan of nuts, the 2007 Jane Ventura Cava is a great way to start out your Thanksgiving feast and serves as the perfect pre-dinner cocktail or apertif to welcome family and friends.

Cava is really just another term for sparkling wine made in the same style of Champagne, but in Catalonia, Spain.  I personally love Cava because of its affordable price tag in comparison to Champagne.  This bottle in particular works especially well with mixed nuts because of its age.  Aging has given the wine an almond aroma that as you can imagine works especially well with nuts.  The green apple, grapefruit and white flower aromas add to the pairing and the anise and country herb aromas mix well with the earthiness of the nuts.  The wine also has a dry, lasting finish that helps to prolong the flavors and cleanse the palate of any oils left on the tongue by the nuts.  Cheers!

Comments:

Please let me know your comments in the section below!  What cocktail do you like to serve when guests arrive for Thanksgiving dinner?  Do you have a funny story about a crazy father?  Let's chat!

Where To Find The Wine:

The 2007 Jane Ventura Cava retails for $17.99 at Khourys Fine Wine & Spirits.  Please visit their website: http://khourysfinewine.com/ or call 702-435-9463.  They can ship anywhere!