Bentley’s Grill Wine Steward Mark Jacklich has begun his work on the Master Sommelier program this year. He plans to continue his studies with the Court of Master Sommeliers through 2012 and to spend a lot of time working with Jim Bernau’s team at Willamette Valley Vineyards to receive some training on the process from grapes to wine full circle. Mark is eager to share his knowledge with you in a new series of posts: Wine Notes with Mark. Enjoy!
When paring wines for a grand meal such as Thanksgiving dinner there are a few things to take into account. While there is no perfect answer on what wine to choose there are a few guidelines to stick by that can keep your paring smooth with less friction.
More recently Sparkling wine has been a go-to for Thanksgiving . The crisp taste and palate refreshing bubbles keep you in the game without smothering the foods we know and love. If you are able to get your hands on some Sparkling Rose it might just make your dinner one to remember.
If bubbles are not your thing the ever versatile food friendly Oregon Pinot Noir might be right up your alley. With its typical light to mid-bodied mouth feel, fruit forward flavors, and soft tannins, this wine will compliment everything on the table. well maybe not your Aunties green bean casserole.
For those who like a bigger wine a good Syrah or a Zinfindel is a good choice. The full bodied flavors and spice will compliment your stuffing, gravy and turkey (especially smoked).
For the white wine lovers a Riesling or Sauviginon Blanc will do nicely. With a Riesling you can go dry or super sweet and still find success with the array of foods with their sweet and salty flavors. Sauvignon Blanc also pairs well with its crisp acidity and minerality.
If you saved room for dessert a nice Port or a late harvest Riesling will hit the spot. These two wines pair amazing with pumpkin and most other kinds of pies. The sweetness and rich flavors can bring your dessert experience to new heights.
No matter which wines you choose, I hope you all enjoy a wonderfully happy Thanksgiving!