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The Best Wines for your Thanksgiving Meal

November 24, 2019 | Wine Pairings

Thanksgiving is a day to relax, cozy up, cook, and be thankful. Choosing what wines to pair with your Thanksgiving meal can be intimidating, and since this is not a day for stress, we are here to help. Enjoy some of our favorite Thanksgiving wine pairings to go hand in hand with all of your holiday favorites.

Once you are appropriately dressed in your best comfy sweater and house slippers it’s time to pull out the appetizers. This is a great time to open a bottle of chilled Moscato. The floral, and citrus notes in the Moscato will pair perfectly with your cheese and meat tray. We suggest adding a soft brie, or a mild blue cheese to go with the wine.

Not ready for appetizers and just want to cozy up with a glass of wine? We suggest some Mulled Scrapple. This warm and cozy drink is perfect for a fall afternoon, and with all the cooking going on you will appreciate how easy it is to make. All it takes is a crock pot ( if your crock pot is currently filled with mac and cheese or some other wonderful Thanksgiving side dish this can easily be made on the stove top or in the microwave ) a bottle of Scrapple, two mulling spice bags, and sugar to taste ( we suggest 1/4 cup ). You can even add a cup or two of apple juice if you want to lower the alcohol content. Just throw all the ingredients in the crock pot and let them warm for about 15 – 20 minutes and enjoy.

When it’s time to sit down for Thanksgiving dinner what wine to grab really comes down to a matter of personal choice just as much as pairing. This year our favorite suggestion when asked what wine to pick for Thanksgiving dinner has been our Majestic for exactly that reason. The Majestic is a semi-sweet Chardonnay and Cayuga blend that can be enjoyed by both dry and sweet drinkers. It is light and crisp with soft notes of lemon, apple, vanilla bean, and honeysuckle. This medium bodied white wine will balance perfectly with your turkey while the bright acidity will keep your pallet clean as you make your way through all the flavors that this meal has to offer. We also love this wine with a buttery garlic mash potato, poached pears, or herb pork rib roast.

As you make your way through the green beans ( Tears of Gettysburg ), cranberry sauce ( Turning Point ), mac and cheese ( Chardonnay ), candied yams ( Twisted Thicket ), glazed ham ( Rebel Red ), and Pumpkin Pie ( Frosted Pear ); just remember that wine goes best with the friends and family you enjoy it with.

Happy Thanksgiving from All of us at Adams County Winery!



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