ByWachusett Liquors November 19th, 2015 2:52PM
Did you know that more wine is sold before Thanksgiving Day than any other holiday? Selecting a wine is difficult because of the wide variety of flavors on your Thanksgiving table. How do you pair a wine that matches tart cranberry sauce, creamy mashed potatoes, and both white and dark meat? What if you want to prepare your Thanksgiving feast with wine? Here are five tips that will help incorporate the perfect vino into your meal.
Difference Between Cooking Wine and Regular Wine
Cooking wine is made using grapes that are a lower quality than used when making regular wine and also contain a surprising ingredient: salt. Salt acts as a preservative that keeps the wine’s flavor from souring once it is opened and stored. Many chefs prefer to use an inexpensive regular wine because you cannot drink cooking wine, and their belief is that you should not cook with a wine you cannot serve. We agree with the chefs and recommend that you use regular wine whenever possible to get the best tasting dish. Are you looking for a side dish to make with some leftover wine, try this Red Wine Cranberry Sauce or try adding a splash when cooking your turkey.
Remember that you’re not limited to serving only one wine at your dinner table. You can switch it up based on people’s personal preferences or based on the dish you’d like to sit center-stage. Here are some of our favorite picks for any palate.
Planning on pairing your dinner with a tasting of your wine finds? Remember to go lightest to darkest so you don’t impede on your guests’ taste buds!
If you need help finding the right wines for your Thanksgiving dinner, don’t hesitate to stop in and see us! Our team of experts is always happy to help you find the right grape hues to accompany your harvest dinner!