Wondering which wines to pair with your Thanksgiving dishes? Here are some suggestions from the Loosen Bros. USA “Friends of Ernst Loosen” portfolio.
While you can’t go wrong with a simple glass of wine as an aperitif, you might want to try greeting your guests with a light cocktail. Here’s our recipe for KrautSekt, a sparkly libation that hints at the cranberry goodness to come.
Holiday KrautSekt (mimosa)
In a Champagne flute, combine:
1 dry raisin (yes, just 1 little wrinkly one)
2 parts Dr. L Sparkling Riesling
1 part cranberry juice
Nothing beats a lovely, balanced Pinot Noir for pairing with turkey. We have two recommendations for you:
J. Christopher Nuages Pinot Noir 2010
91 points Wine Advocate
Named in tribute to one of winemaker Jay Somers’ favorite gypsy jazz tunes, Nuages begins with a subtle nose of dark, sweet fruit and a hint of smoke and vanilla. It delivers a graceful impact on the palate with fine, focused fruit accented by intriguing spice and herbal notes, a firm structure, and a good length.
J. Christopher Bella Vida Pinot Noir 2011
92 points Wine Advocate
The first single-vineyard bottling from the Bella Vida vineyard, this wine has a fruit-driven nose, but still has all the elegance of the volcanic Dundee soils. Plenty of dried herbs, spice and a structured texture on the tongue.
Okay, you’ve got the turkey pairing worked out, but what about the stuffing? The mashed potatoes? The gravy? Try these:
Robert Weil Riesling Trocken 2012
A full-bodied dry Riesling, this wine from the acclaimed Rheingau Weingut Robert Weil will pair beautifully with herbed stuffing/dressing, as well as with potatoes and gravy. The wine is pure and elegant, with a classic stony aroma and a well-balanced acid structure.
Villa Wolf Pinot Noir 2009
A lighter Pinot Noir, such as our Villa Wolf, is also a great choice for a savory gravy. An elegant, varietally true Pinot Noir from Ernst Loosen, this wine is warm and medium-bodied, with a firm acid structure. Its bright black-cherry fruit is juicy, ripe, and forward, with a spicy mid-palate, smoky depth and a nice touch of earthy tannins.
And let’s not forget the sweet lovely finish. Here are wines to go with your pies:
Villa Wolf Gewürztraminer 2012
This wine, with its light sweetness, is a great match for pumpkin pie. Its characteristic aroma of exotic fruits and spices will blend well with the pie’s spices. Clean, fruity and light on its feet, this wine has a deliciously juicy texture and a delightfully delicate aroma of spice and fresh roses.
Dr. Loosen Ürziger Würzgarten Riesling Spätlese 2011
94 points Wine & Spirits
For the rich and nutty flavors of pecan pie, our Ürziger Würzgarten Spätlese is an excellent partner. This wine showcases the typically juicy and precocious fruit of the “spice garden,” with a rich mouth feel, zippy acidity and lingering finish.