Choosing Thanksgiving Day Wine

Published on Tuesday, 26 November 2013 23:54 - Written by CHRISTINE GARDNER

There is quite a bit of debate when it comes to choosing a wine for Thanksgiving dinner. Many will say white wine because you are eating poultry, while others say red is good because of all of the dark meat on the turkey.

Then there are all the rich flavors in the side dishes and don’t forget dessert. To help sort out all the wondering about wine, Rhonda Acquistapace-Breland, FRESH by Brookshire’s wine specialist, recommends a variety of different wines based on flavor pairing, and most importantly your personal preference.

Beaujolais Nouveau: A French wine made from the first grapes of the current year harvest. It is well-known as a wine made specifically for Thanksgiving. It must be preordered and is only available in limited quantities. It arrives in stores the week prior to Thanksgiving and sells out quickly.

Made from Gamay grapes, this red wine is very light and easy to drink. The grapes are picked and harvested in September. They are quickly pressed and fermented so the wine can be ready to ship in time for Thanksgiving. Fresh has two varieties of Beaujolais Nouveau in limited quantities. Both are $10.99 a bottle.

Red Wine: Pinot Noir, Grenache and other medium-bodied red wines.

Dessert Wines: Italian Vinsanto, Moscato, late harvest Riesling

White Wine: Gewurztraminer or Pinot Gris

Some wines that Ms. Breland specifically likes with Thanksgiving dinner include, Isabel Mondavi Deep Rose Cabernet Sauvignon, McManis Pinot Noir, Writer’s Block Pinot Noir, Elk Cove Pinot Gris and Moscofilero Skouras.

FRESH will be open until 2 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day and Ms. Breland will be there to assist with choosing wines.

Kiepersol recommends a couple of different options. To go with roasted turkey, if you prefer white wine, the Kiepersol Vit is a good choice, and for red wine, the Barrel 33 Red Blend. They also recommend their Syrah to pair with ham and their Merlot to pair with smoked turkey.

KE Cellars, in the French Quarter on S. Broadway Ave., is open until 7 p.m. on Wednesday and will be closed on Thanksgiving Day.