I have decided I will serve wines with Thanksgiving Dinner this year, but am not experienced wine pairings. Below is my menu; would any of you mind making some suggestions, please. I need some educating in this area.
Relish Plate with a variety of olives and marinated mushrooms
Dry Brined Turkey (still working on a combination of spices and herbs to rub on)
Sweet Potatoes Trader Vic (posted by Indy 67 on November14, 2010)
Gulliver's Creamed Corn
Green Beans Marinated in Leftover Bread and Butter Pickle Brine
Triple Cranberry Sauce
Homemade Hot Rolls
Coconut Cream Pie
Vanilla Ice Cream with Jarred Mincemeat as a Sauce to Pour Over the Ice Cream (I read this idea somewhere, but can’t remember where)
The good basic turkey wine is pinot noir. I decided since this is Thanksgiving you want to stick with an American wine so I ruled out Burgundy. I checked the Web sites of two Dallas wine stores. I had a miserable time finding whites, so I recommended two sparkling wines.
2005 Siduri Russian River Valley $32
2006 Talley Rincon $50
2004 Talley Rosemary $64
2007 Stoller Vineyards Pinot Noir JV $25
2006 Handley Cellars Pinot Noir Anderson Valley $28
2008 Talley Vineyards Pinot Noir Arroyo Grande Valley $35
2008 St. Innocent Winery Pinot Noir Zenith Vineyard Willamette Valley $38
2008 St. Innocent Winery Pinot Noir Temperance Hill Willamette Valley $38
2007 Walter Hansel Winery Pinot Noir The North Slope Vineyard Russian River Valley $45
2007 Gloria Ferrer Blanc de Blancs Carneros $19
NV Roederer Estate Brut Estate Anderson Valley $22
Figure a bottle of wine has about five glasses worth in it. You figure out how much wine your guests will drink.
I suggest serving a sparkling wine with your starters, and a Pinot Noir with the main meal. You might leave any remaining sparkling wine on the table in case any guests prefer that. Sparkling wine will go with your meal, as well.
Dessert wines can get pricy, and are hard to pair because it's essential that to be successful as an accompaniment for the dessert, that they be sweeter than the dessert -- not an easy thing to accomplish.