Award Winning Wine Pairings for Thanksgiving Dinner

14th Nov 2018 @ 14:40 by Matt

Since the Pilgrims first celebrated the harvest festival in 1621, Americans have wrestled with the annual conundrum of finding the perfect wine pairing for Thanksgiving dinner. This year when you gather with family and friends to express your gratitude, we have recommendations for award winning bottles of delicious wine.

A traditional Thanksgiving menu can be complex, which makes it necessary to select versatile wines. Turkey is the easy part when it comes to wine pairing. White wines and lighter style reds are great with white meat, and dark meat can stand up to bold reds. The tough part can be pairing wine with a wide array of spicy, sweet, and savory sides like cranberries, potatoes, gravy, veggies, stuffing and all the Thanksgiving trimmings.

It’s always a smart strategy to select both excellent white and red wines to pair with different dishes and to please a plentitude of palates for Thanksgiving dinner. White wines with well-balanced acidity are the right choice to accompany a broad selection of Thanksgiving dishes. Wines like Viognier and Albariño will work nicely. Red wines with fruity flavors or soft tannins will accompany a wide variety of holiday dishes without overpowering lighter turkey flavors. Wines like Tempranillo and Montepulciano are food friendly and wonderful with a with a large selection of dishes.

As a rule of thumb, plan to have one bottle of each wine for every two people at your dinner. If you are going to someone else’s house for dinner, make sure to bring a bottle or two to supplement the host’s supply.

Just in time for Thanksgiving, the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo International Wine Competition announced its 2019 award winners. Wedding Oak Winery was recognized with seven medals. Any of these wines would be fantastic on your holiday table, but in particular here are a couple of my recommendations for your feast.

Wedding Oak Winery Viognier, Texas Hill Country, 2017

White wines tend to be food friendly with bright acidity that brings various flavors of food to life rather than overpowering it. Viognier, a grape variety that is native to the Rhône Valley, makes rich white wines with distinctive aromas of apricot, peaches, and spice. Our leaner Viognier has floral and citrus aromas, along with a liveliness on the palate that compliments characters of honeyed melon, apple, and pear flavors in a lingering Meyer lemon finish. This wine is made from estate-grown grapes from High Valley Vineyard near our winery in San Saba. The vibrant wine is a lovely accompaniment to Thanksgiving delights.

Wedding Oak Winery Tioja, Texas Hill Country, 2016

Our flagship wine, Tioja, is made with 70% Tempranillo and 30% Grenache grapes grown in the Texas Hill Country. Tempranillo brings both earthy and fruity qualities that are delicious with Thanksgiving dinner. This wine has a dark ruby color and complex aromas of black cherry, cola, cinnamon, cardamom, allspice, and plum. Our Tioja has tart red cherry, plum, and berry flavors, along with white pepper spices and herbs and a core of bright, food-loving acid. That acidity in Tempranillo allows it to play very well with Thanksgiving fare. Even though the wine is “big,” its tannins are elegant, allowing it to play well with Turkey and all of its friends.

We’ve Made Ordering Wine for Thanksgiving Easy

To help make holiday planning easier for you, we’ve prepared a Thanksgiving and Holiday Special with these two wines for only $50 with discounted shipping. Get yours today:

We realize you may want more than just these two award winning wines. Here are all of our 2019 Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo International Wine Competition Award Winners:

Wedding Oak Winery Tioja, Texas Hill Country, 2016 — Silver

Wedding Oak Winery Montepulciano, Texas High Plains, 2016 — Silver

Wedding Oak Winery Reconcilable Differences Red, Texas, 2016 — Silver

Wedding Oak Winery Albariño, Texas, 2017 Albariño — Bronze

Wedding Oak Winery Rosé de Dolcetto, Texas High Plains, 2017 — Bronze

Wedding Oak Winery Tempranillo, Texas Hill Country, 2016 — Bronze

Wedding Oak Winery Viognier, Texas Hill Country, 2017 — Bronze