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Thanksgiving celebration begins with giving thanks and spending time with loved ones, and ends with a large family-meal including turkey and a variety of dishes perfectly paired with wonderful wines. As this day is all about the story of the Pilgrim's meal with the Native Americans, the dinner menu requires the most attention from the host, and so does the wine that goes along with it.
Choosing the right wine for your perfect Thanksgiving dinner may be confusing, but not with our small guide. Yes, we have curated a small list of 6 Chardonnay wines to include in your Thanksgiving dinner. Here you go.
St. Francis Winery’s 2017 Chardonnay is a refreshing white with the flavors and aromas of green apple, juicy pear, and melon with the background note of marzipan. It’s bright and crisp wine, perfectly balanced with a touch of minerality on a smooth and silky finish. Apart from turkey, this Chardonnay can be taken with nopales, shaved radish, pickled carrots, crushed avocado, marinated jicama, spiced pepitas, and prickly pear lemongrass vinaigrette.
Barefoot Chardonnay is packed with bold and tempting flavors. Every bottle of this chardonnay has notes of crisp, green apples and sweet peaches. It is characterized by hints of honey and vanilla, and it pairs perfectly with fruits, pasta, chicken, and salmon.
2016 Chardonnay is a classic white with a bright personality. It shows off pineapple and lychee on the nose which is complemented by floral aromas of orange blossom and split cedar. Its smooth yet vibrant mouthfeel and notes of freshly cut white peaches distinguish this chardonnay from the crowd. The palate features lively citrus tones. Lemon, grapefruit, and guava are paired with caramel, pistachio, and green apple. With a smooth body and mouthwatering finish, this wine is one of the best Chardonnay wines to include in your Thanksgiving dinner.
Pam’s Un-Oaked is a light-bodied fruity chardonnay with beautiful transparent, pale yellow color. This Californian chardonnay has fruity aromas of Asian pear and Golden Delicious apple and ripe citrus, like key lime and tangerine. It pairs well with subtly flavored and simply seasoned poultry and pork dishes. It goes well with meaty fish and shellfish, too.
2017 Chardonnay shows off vibrant orange blossom citrus and lemon custard notes. The palate is characterized by the fineness of crisp Golden Delicious apples and ripe Asian pears seamlessly intertwined. This full-bodied coastal chardonnay has an elegant finish with perfectly balanced minerality and acidity.
Smooth and elegantly balanced 2017 Napa Valley Chardonnay has aromas of butterscotch and praline which leads to beautifully integrated layers of baked pear, peach, and toasted coconut. Its rich and creamy mouthfeel leads to a brilliant lemon acidity on the finish.
When Americans sit for a family dinner on Thanksgiving Day, most of them focus on the traditional Thanksgiving menu including turkey, cranberry sauce, pumpkin pie, and stuffing. However, these feasts vary between families and cultures. Many of the farmers see it as a festival of harvest, and commemoration of Pilgrim’s successful harvest with the help of native Americans.
While the food may be the first concern of the host on this day, there are many wonderful wines to accompany the dinner menu. The most basic food-wine pairing rules say that white wines are the best with turkey. However, this popular bird is more versatile and pairs well with a wide variety of wines. Now if you aren't able to get your hands on the Chardonnay's from our list, this infographic is here to help you out.
Turkey is white meat containing low fat, so you should pair it with a full-bodied white wine or medium-bodied red wine with low or medium tannins and high acidity. High tannins can overpower food while acidity balances the flavors.
As shown above, turkey goes quite well with whites such as Californian Chardonnay and White Burgandy, and reds such as Burgundian Pinot Noir, Australian Pinot Noir, Rioja Red, Bordeaux Red, and Chinati.
Happy Thanksgiving to you. Or as we like to say, happy Turkey & Wine day.