Thanksgiving is just around the corner and while this holiday season may look a little different for most of us this year, it doesn't mean you can't enjoy a spectacular home cooked meal paired with a delicious bottle of wine! And let's not forget the silver lining to our COVID Holiday Season, smaller groups around the table means more wine & food for you!
We've pulled together four of our favorite wines to pair with Thanksgiving dinner to give you a little inspiration when you're planning your own holiday meal. The most important thing to remember when it comes to pairing is there are no wrong answers! However if you're seeking for a little more insight into the wine and food pairing world, our general tricks of the trade are to think about your pairings in one of two ways, (1) likes with likes or (2) opposites attract.
When it comes to pairing there are two general ways to approach it, pair a wine with a dish with similar flavor profiles so a peppery wine with a peppery dish for example which will elevate that characteristic in both but may mask some of the other flavors. The other approach is to compliment opposite flavor profiles, for example pairing a bright, crisp Dry Riesling with a savory, herbaceous, heavy plate of turkey, stuffing, potatoes and gravy. The bright crisp acidity will cut through the fat on the plate giving your palate some relief from the heavier flavors and offering some contrast to engage all of your taste buds. No matter which approach you choose the end result will be magnificent because when you have good food and good wine you can never go wrong!
Riesling is one of our favorite wines to pair with food because it is made in the dry style while still maintaining a light, fruity hint of sweetness which gives it a wide range of pairing options! Dry Riesling pairs beautifully with succulent, savory dishes like a holiday roast turkey as well as with sweeter, more indulgent dishes like homemade apple pie!
If you are looking for a white wine to have on your holiday table this year, look no further! Always a crowd pleaser the bright acidity and crisp citrus notes on this wine make it a beautiful wine to pair with any holiday dinner.
Tasting Notes: made entirely in stainless steel tanks to accentuate the minerality of the wine, this award-winning Dry Riesling retains a zingy vibrant acidity. Notes of tangerine and orange peel abound from the glass while hints of honey apricot and starfruit mingle with a nice minerality. Learn More
While maybe not the first wine style that comes to mind when you think "Holiday Dinner," dry rosés are a beatiful addition to any holiday meal as they offer all of the the bright, refreshing qualities of a white wine while still maintaining a hint of the body and depth of flavor of a red.
Versatility is key when it comes to rosé! The reasons that you love a glass all of rosé on a hot summer day (its bright, crisp, and refreshing) make it an excellent addition to a holiday meal. Rosé provides that same bright, crisp, refreshing quality to the heavy, lavish meal you are about to enjoy.
While rosés can easily hold up to the full range of Thanksgiving dishes, some of our favorite pairings include homemade cranberry sauce, apple cake, and cranberry walnut brussels sprout salad. And in case you missed it, checkout our Fall Mulled Rosé Recipe, which is a great pre-dinner cocktail to kick off the holiday!
Tasting Notes: a soft, fruity sipper with a flinty minerality, our Dry Rosé—a blend of Cabernet Franc and Merlot—has notes of white peach, pink grapefruit, and ever so slight hints of cherry berry giving way to a soft acidity and zingy finish. Learn More
If ever there was a wine that we are excited to enjoy this holiday season this is it! Our newest release and the latest addition to the Suhru Wines portfolio, Teroldego is a perfect pairing wine for the season! With all of those beautiful baking spice notes and those bright red fruit notes it pairs well with just about anything!
This wine pairs so well with so many dishes and flavors but a few tried and true favorites are walnut goat cheese pear salad and Moms brisket! From salads to meats with this one you really can't go wrong. If you're like me, the epitomy of luxury is a glass of red wine with dessert, the number one thing I am most looking forward to this Thanksgiving is enjoying a glass of Teroldego with a big ol slice of homemade apple pie! Nothing more Thanksgiving than that!
Tasting Notes: an enticing rich purple, this lesser known Northern Italian varietal has warm baking spices on the nose with hints of anise, cinnamon, and red currant. Red fruit notes and fine tannins give way to a bright acidity on the finish. Learn More
A classic holiday pairing, Cabernet Franc is often recommended to pair with Thanksgiving dinner. Cab Franc has those beautiful fruit notes as well as a light pepper spice which make is such a wonderful wine for any holiday table. The white pepper notes play beautifully with a bolder meal while the brightness of the fruit cuts through those heavier flavors. Pair a glass of this with a roast turkey, stuffing and all the sides and you'll be sitting pretty this holiday season!
Tasting Notes: with a beautiful magenta hue, notes of oregano, cracked pepper, and a hint of anise, this bold red is bursting with red fruit notes and a slight spiciness giving way to an elegant soft finish with the slightest hint of vanilla. Learn More
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When most people think of rosé they think summer, but this delicious style of wine cannot be confined to just one season! It's getting colder and colder every day and I don't know about you but I'm not ready to give up that summer feeling just yet which is why I've put together this yummy Mulled Fall Rosé recipe so we can keep the rosé summer loving going all year long (or at least for another few months)!
While we have come to think of Rosé and Summer as almost interchangeable, it's a great wine for Fall as we ease our way back into the bolder, fuller reds. Rosé is a perfect transition season wine because it's light and fruity like a white wine. but has a little more body and for a lack of a better word umph, like a red. Mix that with a couple warm baking spices and you have a Fall cocktail fit for a Queen (or King)!
If you're like me, whenever I make Mulled Wine I think of the recipe as a suggestion and a starting point and adjust, make substitutions and changes as I go. This recipe actually started off as a take on a Wine Enthusiasts Mulled Rosé with Ginger and Grapefruit and has evolved into the recipe below over time. I highly encourage you to taste and experiment as you go. There is no "correct" way to make mulled wine. Its all in the taste, so taste as you go and comment below with your additions, substitutions, and improvements! (I promise not to be offended that I didn't think of it first!)
Fall Mulled Rosé
- 3 ruby red grapefruit
- 2 bottles Suhru Rosé
- 20 whole cranberries
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 3 cloves
- 5 allspice berries
- 1 star anise (optional)
- 1 cup light brown sugar
- 1 lemon
- 1/4 cup Cointreau
- 1/4 cup orange juice
- Cranberries, cinnamon sticks and grapefruit wheels (for garnish)
- Cut one half of one grapefruit into wheels. Put wheels on the bottom of a medium saucepan.
- Juice the remaining grapefruit and lemon. into the saucepan along with 1 cup Rosé, cranberries, cinnamon stick, cloves, allspice, and brown sugar.
- Simmer on low for 10 minutes until flavors are combined.
- Let the mixture cool until cool enough to sip. Add Cointreau, remaining Rosé, and orange juice.
- Pour into glasses and garnish with cranberries, cinnamon sticks and grapefruit wheels. Top with a splash of Brut for a little sparkle!
- Sit back and enjoy!
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Fall has always been one of my favorite seasons! I mean what's not to love?! There's apple and pumpkin picking, it's cozy sweater season, the temperatures start to drop and the leaves start to turn, fall produce hits the farm stands, and it is of course harvest season in the wine industry which makes for some very busy and exciting days!
There is so much to love about Fall but one of my ultimate favorite things about this season is the food! So I have collected a few of my favorite Fall recipes that pair perfectly with Rosé for all of you (like me) who while very excited about the changing of the seasons are not quite ready to say goodbye to summer just yet!
#1: Kale, Apple & Goat Cheese Salad with Granola “Croutons”
I love the Cookie and Kate food blog! If you haven't heard of this blog before I highly recommend it! My fiancé found it about a year ago when searching for a particular soup recipe and we have never looked back (and never had a bad meal)!
For me, Fall salads are the perfect transitional meal from Summer into Fall—they are light and bright and showcase the bounty of the Fall harvest while giving a solid nod to the Summer months when light, healthy, green foods are what we all (or I at least) lean towards.
It's not Fall without a kale, apple salad and this one is the perfect combination of bright, fresh flavors and warm Fall notes with the creamy richness of the goat cheese and the yummy crunch of the granola. Pair this with a bottle of Rosé and you have the perfect meal, the bright fruit favors of the wine perfectly compliment the crispness of the apples and the tangy lemon/maple dressing!
Checkout the Recipe on the Cookie and Kate blog!
#2: Warm Baked Brie
One of my ultimate favorite Fall/Winter snacks and the dish I bring to every holiday, celebration, or dinner party as it is always a crowd pleaser—Baked Brie! Because honestly you can't go wrong with warm melty cheese wrapped in pastry!
I have been making Baked Brie since my first high school French class potluck and there are a few tricks I have learned over the years that I recommend playing around with if you make one yourself! First of all, if you're going to add toppings, score the top of the brie before you wrap it in the pastry and put the toppings inside! There is no limit to the choices but my favorites have always been cinnamon, brown sugar and butter, raspberry or fig jam, or if you're looking to be festive around the holidays, whole berry cranberry sauce! They are all delicous choices but the jams and cranberry sauces add a nice bit of brightness and acidity to balance out the richness of the cheese. Enjoy this dish with apple slices and a glass of Rosé for a truly decadent and delicious meal!
Checkout the Baked Brie Recipe on The Kitchn!
#3: Curried Butternut Squash Soup
One of my all time favorite things about the cooler weather months are that they are a perfect excuse to pull out my soup pot and immersion blender and make all of the soup recipes I have been dreaming about all summer. Butternut Squash soup is of course a classic, but I like to give mine a little twist and make a curried soup giving it a little extra flavor and a nice kick of spice (I usually increase the amount of curry powder in mine but you do you)!
This recipe comes from Minimalist Baker, another fantastic food blog that I highly recommend you explore as there are lots of great recipes! Curried foods are great because they have a warming effect on your body which is particularly nice as the nights begin to cool. Given that, Rosé may not always be the first wine that pops to mind when you're having a curried soup. What makes this such a wonderful pairing, is that the bright fruitiness and crisp acidity cut through the spice. The acidity actually acts to "cool" your mouth from the spice. This is style of soup also pairs beautifully with our Dry Riesling, another under rated Fall wine.
Checkout the Recipe on the Minimalist Baker Blog!
#4: Roasted Chicken and Vegetables
A full roasted chicken is wonderful but sometimes you just need a quick weekday meal. This a great infusion of Fall flavors without taking up too much of your time during what we all know is a busy time of year! I love one pot or one pan dishes because not only do they infuse all of the flavors but the cleanup is super simple!
This simple recipe nicely showcases all of the wonderful Fall veggies, keeping the roasted chicken breast center stage, and as an added bonus, there's bacon! I like to throw in a few sliced radishes as well to round out my roasted veggies (because you can never have too many)!
Chicken is a classic pairing with Rosé and is such a versatile food that pairs so well with so many types and styles of wine. The list of possible pairings with a dish like this is endless. I strongly encourage you to try it with a glass of Rosé if you never have before, I don't think you'll be disappointed.
Checkout the Recipe on Cooking Classy!
#5: Stuffed Acorn Squash with Hazelnuts, Quinoa, and Kale
If you're not cooking squash in the Fall I don't know what you're doing! There are so many great ones out there and such a plethora of recipes it was hard to decide on just one. I have had my eye on this particular recipe for some time now and am looking forward to trying it out this weekend now that acorn squash is readily available. While this particular recipe is new to me, this idea is not, I make a lot of stuffed acorn squash each Fall! It is such a delicious food and as an added bonus this particular recipe happens to be both vegan and gluten free which is great for when you're cooking for anyone with dietary restrictions.
There is something about roasted vegetables that just makes me happy and acorn squash is no exception. Pair it with a savory, earthy blend of quinoa, hazelnuts, kale and cranberries and you can't go wrong. All this dish is missing is a little brightness, so pair it with a glass of Rosé and the fruit flavors of the wine will play perfectly with the light sweetness of the cranberry. Plus the nice bright finish will act as a nice contrast to the heavier, rich flavors of the meal!
Checkout the Stuffed Squash recipe on Will Cook For Friends!
#6: Thanksgiving Turkey with Cranberry Sauce
Thanksgiving turkey needs no recipe as each family has their own special secret recipe and family traditions. So I am going to skip over including a recipe link here because no matter how you cook a turkey, it's delicious!
My Thanksgiving dinner usually includes most of the dishes above because why not have all of your favorites on one of your favorite holidays?! That being said, a family tradition is our house is to start off Thanksgiving with some rosé (if any has managed to last that long in our house). It is a great way to start the day with a bright, crisp, light dry wine to cleanse the palate before the heavy meal. Much in the same way that cranberry sauce acts to cut through the richness of the meal and offer a little brightness to the plate, rosé can do much the same.
So this holiday season, why not add a few bottles of rosé to your table and see what happens? Who knows, you may just make a new family tradition!
I hope you have enjoyed this glimpse into my Fall cookbook and have gotten a little kitchen inspiration! These are a few of my favorite Fall dishes but I would love to hear what you are cooking this Fall—please share your recipe recommendations in the comments below!
If you are in need of a little Rosé in your life, be sure to stockup while you still can! Plus we've got a little something special—we are offering 25% Off all of our Rosé in both bottles and cans today Tuesday, September 29th through the end of the day on Thursday, October 1st!
One of our favorite things about summer is the plethora of delicious food and drink options available to refresh you after a long day in the sun! Below we've included up a few of our favorite wine & goat cheese pairings for the summer months! Check back throughout the year for more wine & cheese pairings suggestions but today we're focusing on goat cheese, which pairs beautifully with a few of our summer favorites!
Miracle Springs Signal Rock with Brut
This deliciously soft pasteurized goat cheese has a bloomy rind and a layer of ash running through the center. With bright creamy flavors, a hint of minerality and a touch of lemon this spreadable goat cheese pairs perfectly with our sparkling Brut.
The light delicate flavors and touch of brioche in our sparkling Brut compliment the minerality of the goat cheese, beautifully accentuating the flavors of both!
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Catapano Farms Chevre with Pinot Grigio
This deliciously creamy goat cheese is one of our favorites on the North Fork! Made locally at their farm in Peconic, Catapano Farm Dairy has been making award-winning cheeses since 2005! Focused primarily on goats milk, their chevre is the flagship cheese at Catapanos. This deliciously fresh, creamy goat cheese comes in a variety of flavors but the plain chevre and the lemon pepper are two of our favorites!
Pair it with some local peaches, crackers, and a bottle of Pinot Grigio and you have a treat in store! Stop by the farm in Peconic to meet the goats and get a true sense of a local North Fork dairy!
Learn More About Catapano Farms Chevre
Miracle Springs Camembert-Style with Sauvignon Blanc
A beautiful bloomy rind camembert-style cheese, the Miracle Springs Camembert is best when left out of the fridge before serving, Let this cheese get to room temperature and then enjoy the spreadable cheesy goodness and it melts in your mouth!
The rind gives it a nice texture and when paired with the Sauvignon Blanc really brings our the tropical flavors of the wine. Bright and bursting with fruit our Sauvignon Blanc is a perfect pairing for any cheese plate but this duo is a step above the rest!