Thanksgiving is every chef’s favorite holiday. I find myself thinking about what I am going to prepare for the Holiday as soon as the first leaves start to fall off the trees. Should I roast or deep fry the turkey this year? What’s my dressing going to be made with? Apple, Leeks and Pumpernickel bread, or Focaccia with Italian sausage like my grandmother used to make? Thanksgiving presents so many opportunities to prepare a meal that is traditional and nostalgic or create something soulful, fresh and new.
However, the question I often struggle with is one that I think most people face when trying to plan out their Thankgsgiving meal; what wines should I enjoy with the dinner? The holiday table is an array of flavors to tend with. Aunt Susie’s green bean casserole, uncle Fred’s spicy yams, not to mention Grandma’s cranberry sauce! Trying to pick a single wine that can pair perfectly with so many disparate flavors and textures can be daunting. So if you start feeling ovrwhelmed, just do what I do: Drink what you like!