What wine to serve for Thanksgiving dinner

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Thanksgiving Day is a beautiful tradition that is celebrated in every part of the United States on the last Thursday of November.

Thanksgiving is an autumn festival like those found in many cultures around the world. It is a day to celebrate harvest and for giving thanks for perceived blessings of the year. It is known as the celebration to instill gratitude in life. Thanksgiving is about being generous and grateful for the people you have in your life. 

Thanksgiving turkey

Thanksgiving also marks the beginning of the winter holiday season until the New Year celebrations.

It was first celebrated by the Pilgrims in 1624 to commemorate their first successful harvest, but it wasn’t until 1863, in the midst of the Civil War, that President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed a national Thanksgiving Day to be held each November.

Thanksgiving has been celebrated ever since and the celebrations that you see today are an extension of the first one. A typical celebration includes a big Thanksgiving dinner.

On this day people gather with friends and family, they take time to think about what they are thankful for, they cook up a storm, and eat.... a lot. 

THANKSGIVING PARADE

Other highlights of the traditions include parades through the streets of New York, Broadway shows and football matches but sharing a hearty plate of turkey, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes and yam, cranberry sauce, sweet corn bread, assorted fall vegetable casseroles and pumpkin pie are America’s favorite ways of being thankful for the past year. And do not forget about the gravy. 

The main star of Thanksgiving dinners is off course the turkey roasted in the oven with a stuffing made of celery, bread, onions and spices that after cooking will becomes one of many side dishes. The smell around the house of turkey and stuffing roasting together is the quintessential smell of Thanksgiving. 

But if you have any hand in planning your Thanksgiving menu, then you know there's so much more than just brining the turkey. A Thanksgiving table setting featuring all of your favorite dishes is simply incomplete without the perfect Thanksgiving wine.

Turkey is a white meat and has a low fat content, which is why it can dry out if not cooked carefully. So, your wine matches should ideally be a medium-bodied red, with low or medium tannin, relatively high acidity, red fruit flavors and delicate earthiness.  

PINOT NOIRPinot Noir is the perfect light-to-medium bodied red to serve. Slightly chill it for an even more refreshing experience.
The red fruit flavors mimic the tartness of cranberry sauce and match well with autumn spices. 
Pinot Noir can bring out the juiciness of the turkey and the gentle tannins won’t overshadow your bird. The moderate acidity and alcohol, as well as extreme versatility on the table, make it a solid choice for pairing not only with turkey, but also with the handful of side dishes that will cover the rest of your plate. 
Whether you’re gifting or hosting enjoy the holiday and be thankful that wine is there to get you through! Cheers!


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