Non-Traditional Thanksgiving Pairings
Let’s be honest, 2020 has been nothing short of unusual.
Which is why this Thanksgiving, we’re bypassing the traditional wine pairings for turkey dinner and going for something a little more unique.
Riesling, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and yes those last few bottles of Rosé that you have tucked aside have had the limelight long enough. These light style wines (depending on the oak in the Chardonnay) are traditionally known to go with white meats as the easy go-to pairing. But why not expand your palate and test out something a little different? If this year has taught us anything, YOLO is a thing – and this is our way of showing it!
Okay, we know we said set aside Rosé this year, but this is bubbles and every holiday celebration needs bubbles. There’s nothing quite like being handed a glass of sparkling wine to kick off the festivities. The pink hue is beautiful to look as the bubbles dance in your glass, and the underlying red fruit flavours give a nod to the cranberry sauce that grazes every Thanksgiving table.
8th Generation Vineyard Confidence $22.20
Bella Wines Sparkling Rose Buddha’s Blend $25.90
Evolve Cellars Pink Effervescence $19.99
Traditionally grown in Austria, this mouth watering high acid wine is a great accompaniment to food especially any dish with fresh herbs like thyme, sage or dill. The wine itself tends to be herbaceous, with delicate notes of stone fruit and a trademark white pepper finish. It’s not a “popular” grape in the Okanagan YET, only grown by a few producers. This a unique one to introduce to your closest friends and family.
O’Rourke Peak Cellars Grüner Veltliner $24
Winemaker’s Cut Grüner Veltliner $26
Summerhill Winery Grüner Veltliner $28
Another varietal coming out of Austria, think of this as your modern day Pinot Noir with a punch. This medium bodied wine has flavours of cherry, raspberry, black pepper and is complimented with hints of chocolate. Known for its dark colour and soft tannins, this is a medium body red that will play nicely with all the Thanksgiving fare. Also learning how to pronounce Zweigelt is a great conversation starter!
Arrowleaf Cellars Zweigelt $20.18
Upper Bench Winery Zweigelt $25.00
Bench 1775 Zweigelt $21.16
Usually when you hear Zinfandel, you think of California as they’ve really honed their skills producing this fantastic wine. Lucky for us here in BC we have the desert-like climate in Oliver and the Similkameen Valley to draw out similar jammy fruit characteristics, herbaceous notes of anise and that beautiful black pepper finish this late ripening variety is known for. This one’s for all your guests who only drink “big reds” at every meal. It’ll please their palate and marry nicely with all the fresh herbs and spices present at the table.
Black Sage Vineyards Zinfandel $32.99
Covert Farms Family Estate Grand Reserve Zinfandel $53.80
Kettle Valley Winery Great Northern Vineyard Zinfandel $24