Saturday, November 14, 2009

Countdown to Thanskgiving: More Turkey Day Wine Pairings

As a follow-up to last week's white wine pairing list, here are a few value-priced reds that I think are versatile enough to stand up to all that your Thanksgiving menu will throw at the palate. Again, they're all American wines.

MacPherson Rosé of Syrah
Ok...this one's not red, but pink. From deep in the heart of Texas. I've talked about its versatility before, and that's a trait that will serve it well on Turkey Day. It has a bit of smoky spice, but still plenty of juicy fruit to stand its own.

La Crema Pinot Noir
A good fruity red is called for here, and this one fits the bill. It has what I think of as the cherry cola notes of the varietal down cold. With just enough backbone to keep it form wimping out.

Rosenblum Vintner's Cuvee Zinfandel
You have to be careful with Zinfandels. Some of them have such a high concentration of alcohol that they can blow out your tastebuds (and your wits) after only a glass or two. This one avoids that predicament. Zinfandel, that most American of grapes, is a versatile wine that pairs with proteins, starches and fats well. Try it and see if you don't agree.

Have any wine pairings to share? Please post them as a comment below.

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