Just because Turkey is considered “white meat” you don’t have to drink white wine with your turkey this Thanksgiving. In fact a red wine might go better with many of the dishes on your Thanksgiving table.
Many Washington State Sangiovese wines are a perfect fit – the aroma of these wines are usually bursting with cherry, raspberry and pomegranate. Sangiovese will pair well with a moist turkey breast but it will be great with the darker meat like turkey thighs. This red blend wine often has the acid and fruit to complement your cranberry side dish. This wine can be a little sharp if using an Italian Sangiovese for a large group, but domestic versions usually are known to have a more mouth pleasing soft, lingering finish.
It has the body to marry with your potato dishes from garlic mashed, oven roasted, or au gratin potatoes. Sangiovese is soft enough to please before you start eating, and yet just bold enough with some structure to entertain the real red wine lover at your Thanksgiving table while eating a diverse range of foods such as stuffing, sweet potato, maple carrots, etc.
My favorite of the multitude of Washington Sangioveses is the 2010 Walla Walla Vintners Sangiovese! We’ll be carrying this boutique wine from a classic old school tried and true winery! On sale in store or online for $22.99.
The Perfect Thanksgiving Wine!($23), a medium-bodied red with a “light smoky finish.”