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Enhance Thanksgiving Dinner by Pairing the Perfect Wine

What’s the best wine for Thanksgiving Dinner?

The Top 5 Thanksgiving Wines (because just one would be ludicrous)

Top 5 Best Wine for Thanksgiving Dinner

Top 5 best Thanksgiving wines… er.. the last one isn’t wine?

Hopefully you’ll survive Black Out Wednesday and be ready for another day of drinking. While there are a few ideal turkey pairing wines, there’s more to selecting the best wine for Thanksgiving dinner than the bird. Consider the following:

    • Dinner also includes yams, green bean casserole and cranberry sauce.
    • Your house will smell redolent of turkey and pumpkin pie spice.
    • You may be on a tight budget after buying dinner fixings.
    • Ideally, you’ll be drinking all day.

wine for thanksgiving dinner

So what’s it going to be?

Thanksgiving Wine Legend

  • Crowd pleaser
  • Good gift wine
  • Will make you drunk
  • Good value

1. The Wine to Pair with Turkey

Zinfandel is America’s sweetheart. It’s the ideal turkey pairing wine because its lower tannin helps moisten even the driest turkey. Also, Zinfandel’s secondary flavors of cinnamon, clove and vanilla will put you in the mood for fall.

Green and Red Chile Valley Estate Zinfandel 2009

Zinfandel

These are our favorite turkey-wine Zinfandels that are ready to be guzzled now.

  • $25 D-Cubed Napa Valley Vineyards 2008 Zinfandel ( 14.4% ABV)
  • $22 Green & Red Vineyards Chiles Valley 2009 Zinfandel ( 15% ABV)
  • $14 7 Deadly Zins 2009 Lodi Zinfandel ( 14.7% ABV)

2. The Perfect Ice-Breaker Wine

The worst moments at a party are right when everyone arrives and they’re all standing around. Awkward. To alleviate superficial weather-talk and bullshit, just truncate it… with the sound of a pressurized cork being removed from a bottle of Champagne. Nothing says ‘let’s get this party started!’ better than the sound of bottles popping.

Treveri Cellars Brut Sparkling Wine Washington State

Champagne

Instead of classic Champagne for Thanksgiving, check out these amazing American sparkling wines that are fruity enough to stand up to yams.

  • $27 Taittinger “Domaine Carneros” Brut 2008 ( 12% ABV )
  • $14 Treveri Cellars “Blanc de Blanc” Brut ( 12% ABV )

3. The Wine to Match with Ham

While everyone is gawking at the turkey, you’re the one filling your plate up with baked ham. You might as well all admit that, for you, Thanksgiving is about pork products. You’re going to need some Pinot Noir.

Pinot Noir

Pinot Noir, a light-bodied red wine, is a great choice for ham wine pairing because the high acidity cuts through the rich flavors. Red fruit flavors like cherry and cranberry work well with a juicy slice of ham.

  • $20 Alma Rosa Santa Rta Hills 2008 Pinot Noir ( 14.1% ABV )
  • $32 Raptor Ridge Willamette Valley Reserve 2009 Pinot Noir ( 14.2% ABV )

Raptor Ridge Oregon Pinot Noir 2009

Pacific Rim 2011 Dry Riesling

4. The Best White Wine for Thanksgiving Dinner

When it comes to the best wine for Thanksgiving dinner, nothing beats a glass of dry Riesling. Bright acidity tingles through all the fat in the gravy, stuffing, potatos, yams and the richness of spice in cranberry sauce. Every sip feels like hitting the reset button on your palate so you can stand to take another bite of dark meat. Disagree? They’re so cheap, I dare you to buy one and try it just to prove me wrong.

Dry Riesling

  • $9 Pacific Rim Dry Riesling 2011 ( 12.9% ABV )

5. The Best Wine with Pumpkin Pie

The best wine to pair with pumpkin pie is beer. A Belgian style beer with the essence of coriander and lots of tiny bubbles. The lightness of the beer will help scrape all that gooey pumpkin pie from the insides of your mouth. It will also offer a pleasing compliment of bitter and sweet. Trust me, after all that wine, turkey and stuffing there’s not a better way to end the dinner.

Belgian-Style Beer

  • $12 (750ml) Ommegang Brewery “Hennepin” Farmhouse Saison with citris & coriander ( 7.7% ABV )
  • $9 (22oz) Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project “Fluffy White Rabbits” Tripel Ale ( 8.5% ABV )
Pretty Things Fluffy White Rabbits American Triple Ale
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Stay in a Castle…. TONIGHT!

Balfour Castle sits majestically on one of the Orkney Islands of Scotland


1. The Most Luxurious Castle- Amberley Castle

The privileged guests of Amberley Castle can arrive by helicopter if they so please. Standing at over 900 years old the Castle is a historic treasure, and a luxurious destination. Four poster beds, whirlpool bathrooms, decadent furnishings, two fine dining restaurants and a spot of croquet on one of the many lawns means guests are treated like royalty. 01798 831992

Amberley Castle- Images taken from Vonessen Media

2. The Most Extravagant Castle- Stobo Castle

A suite entirely decked out in the finest cashmere? Including the walls? Nothing is too indulgent at Stobo Castle Spa Hotel, where you can even bathe in a limestone tub. Don’t expect Travelodge prices, expect to be completely gob smacked. Claiming to fuse 19th century architecture with 21st century comfort, the appearance of a modern spa lumped onto the side of a classic Scottish castle is a particularly bizarre sight. 01721 725 300

3. The Oldest Castle (in Scotland)- Culcreuch Castle

Prices come slightly back down to earth at Culcreuch Castle, where a more traditional stay is the order of the day. Built between 1296 and 1320, the castle was the ancestral seat of the Scottish clan Galbraith for over 700 years. There are ten elegant rooms to stay in the castle itself, some with four-poster beds. The décor is a vintage delight, and fresh Scottish produce is served in the castle’s two restaurants. 01360 860555

4. The Haunted Castle- Craig–y–Nos Castle

This Welsh castle holds a stunning location in the Brecon Beacons, and was home to world-renowned Opera singer Adelina Patti for some time. Now a popular wedding venue and hotel, It is perfectly positioned to explore the Welsh mountains. The castle also has a reputation for being one of the most notorious haunted buildings in the country. It acted once as a TB sanitorium and a geriatric hospital, the derelict hospital halls still remain and attract many paranormal enthusiasts. It is said the ‘aura’ of the Castle can be felt throughout the building. 01422 323200

5. The Best Shooting Castle- Balfour Castle

The setting of Balfour Castle, is quite simply stunning. Sitting on Spaninsay, one of the Orkney Islands, surrounded by it’s own woodland and coast it is a magical location. If you are keen on a spot of shooting, Balfour is one of the most elite shooting clubs in the world. Primarily seeking wildfowl, but also open for pheasant shoots in the winter months- the weather, wild birds and location make it an extreme shooting experience. 01856 711282

One of the rooms at Thornbury Castle

6. The ‘may lose your head’ Castle- Thornbury Castle

Built in 1508, Anne Bolyen and King Henry VIII stayed here in the Dukes bedchamber, you can sleep there too- unless you fear a beheading! Thornbury is the only tudor castle in the country that you can stay in. Roaring fires, sumptuous meals, and royal bedchambers allow the visitor to step back in time. The hotel even has its own vineyard which produces Thornbury wine- to be enjoyed with one of their exceptional Sunday roasts. 01454 281182

7. The Royal Castle steeped in drama- Ruthin Castle

This historic Welsh castle has had many a grand visitor, from Queen Elizabeth I to legend has it- King Arthur. The suites are suitably royal, one takes the name of the Prince of Wales, commemorating HRH Prince Charles’ visit to the castle. The history of the castle is intriguing and dramatic; King Arthur is said to have disguised himself for a romantic liaison with a mistress in Ruthin. The man who recognized him was executed on a stone block displayed in the town square. There has apparently been many a liaison here, when the wife of army commander Edward I discovered her husbands mistress at the castle- she took her fury out on the women with an axe. She was executed for her crimes and buried outside of the castle walls. Visit Ruthin for your own romantic adventure (minus the bloody end!). 01824 702664

8. The Television Castle- Hazlewood Castle

Hazlewood is better know as the set of the Sky Living’s show Four Weddings where four couples have their dream wedding created for them in the stunning location near Leeds. The castle itself was mentioned in the dooms day book of 1086, its age is reflected in the many ghost stories that accompany Hazlewood- such as a habited monk which is said to stroll around the courtyard. 01937 535353

9. The Recently Flourishing Castle- Peckforton Castle

Peckforton Castle in the heart of Cheshire has had many various purposes over the years. Work on the building of the castle was started by the Tollemach family in 1842 but was not completed until 1851. Ownership was passed down through the family, and during the war the castle was even used as a hostel for 200 physically handicapped children. It was then unused until 1969. Interest from films such as Robin Hood in the eighties, and the castles stunning impression as a location made it the popular castle hotel it is today. 01829 260 930

Dalhousie Castle

10. The Fortress Castle- Dalhousie Castle

One of the most hospitable hotels in Scotland, priding itself on a luxurious stay and a truly Scottish welcome, was not always so. Dalhousie was once a fortress standing over some hotly contested Scottish land, and has bourn witness to many historic disputes. The 13th century fortress is surrounded by wooded parkland and is magnificent in stature. 01875 820 153

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