This week as you’re wrapping up plans for holiday dinner menus, don’t write off red wines to pair with all that turkey and stuffing.
These tips come to us courtesy of Mitch Einhorn, owner of Lush Wine Spirits in Chicago. He recommends a few out of the box ideas like the Beaujolais, a wine from Portugal, and a California rosé-always perfect with poultry!
Domaine de la Bergerie Anjou Rouge “La Cerisae” cabernet franc – $19.50 – You have the Thanksgiving dinner down, but don’t know what wine will go great with white and dark meat turkey? Domaine de la Bergerie Anjou Rouge ‘La Cerisae’ is a great choice. It’s an easy drinking, juicy wine with notes of red and black cherry. It will let the succulent flavors of your perfectly roasted turkey shine and serve as a subtle enhancement.
Sottimano Mate – $19.50 – If you are like us, the perfect Thanksgiving holiday dinner bite is one with a piece of turkey, mashed potato, tart cranberry sauce and herbed stuffing. The flavors create a dancing party in your mouth. The Sottimano Mate from Italy’s Piedmont region will carry that party a little further. Spices, fresh herbs and red berries along with well balanced acidity and tannins match nicely with the best Thanksgiving bite out there.
Teanum Otre Aglianico – $26.75 – This dry wine has an elegant mouthfeel with flavors of dark fruits and chocolate. Dark meat, bites with turkey skin and cheesy, creamy mashed potatoes or sweet potatoes with marshmallows melted on top, pair nicely with the structured tannins found in this wine.
Clos de la Roilette – $27.50 – The Fleurie village, one of the Beaujolais crus, produces phenomenally tasty wines from the Gamay grape. This has a bit of minerality, on top of the raspberry and cherry characteristics that are often found in Gamay’s. Light to medium in body, this wine pairs nicely with white meats, herbed veggies, sweet potatoes AND on its own. Beaujolais are always a hit at Thanksgiving dinner tables! Easy drinking and always yummy.
Rosé, Chateau Nomad Rosé – $18.00 – No Thanksgiving holiday dinner would ever be complete unless a rosé was present. Chateau Nomad Rosé out of California is a must for every Thanksgiving table this season. This rosé is deliciously juicy and mouth-watering. You’ll taste blackberries, wild herbs and strawberry jam; all flavors that bring out the Thanksgiving table that is filled with cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes, green beans, stuffing, buttery biscuits and of course, turkey!
Mitch has had a non-traditional career path in the food industry which has lead him to gain valuable experience and knowledge, and eventually lead him to open Lush Wine & Spirits. Lush is a local neighborhood-based wine shop specializing in eclectic wines, eccentric spirits and rare brews. Lush began out of Owner Mitch Einhorn’s frustration with wine selection between big box stores and the grocery shelves. Lush is fashioned to be practical, a bit more interactive and most importantly, a local and delicious alternative. Einhorn, a local Chicagoan with a penchant for unique food, wine, beer and bourbon, is the catalyst to making Lush happen. Simply put, he loves good wine and wants to share. Follow them on Twitter and on Facebook.