Pairing wine with food can be tricky even when a meal is simple. On a holiday like Thanksgiving when plates are packed with a mixture of mains and sides, the selection can feel downright difficult. That’s why Scout has reached out to get some expertise, whether you are bringing a bottle as a gift or looking for the perfect pairings, then Managing Partner Bridget Michalski of Savannah Wine Cellar at Twelve Oaks Shopping Center 5500 Abercorn has some great advice. All wines are currently in store, call 912-355-WINE (9463) to secure your bottles.
For Thanksgiving Dinner Bridget believes, “Everyone’s table can be a little or very different, especially the sides. When it comes to pairing wine with your meal, there is not one perfect match – except for Champagne, because Champagne is ALWAYS the right answer! In my house, we usually serve a progression of wines throughout the meal which always starts with champagne or sparkling wine when the turkey comes out of the oven, followed by whites and/or rosés and then reds. But, I always choose wines that have a great backbone of acidity to cut through all the fatty goodness on the table, otherwise everything can end up feeling very heavy.”
NV Bernard Lonclas Blanc de Blancs Brut Champagne $41.99
This elegant yet affordable Champagne of 100% Chardonnay is well-balanced with fresh notes of citrus, peach and baguette toast in the glass. On the palate it is fresh & lively with meyer lemon, stone fruits, gorgeous salinity and a long creamy finish. It is begging for a place on the table!
Bissey Cremant de Bourgogne Brut Rosé $23.99
Cremant is a great value for sparkling wine because it is made in the same method as champagne but usually without the price tag. This Bissey Brut Rosé Cremant is beautiful blend of Aligote, Pinot Noir and Gamay. Notes of fresh red fruits with brioche and clean fresh acidity. It’s perfect as an aperitif or with dinner.
Carpenè Malvolti 1868 Extra Dry Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore DOCG $17.99
A long time favorite of Bridget’s because it’s a little drier than a typical prosecco but still bursting with fresh pears, stone fruits & citrus with a clean and creamy finish. Plus, Antonio Carpene is the man who perfected the charmat method for making prosecco in 1868 and his great, great granddaughter, Rosanna is now the winemaker.
2019 Borell-Diehl Müller-Thurgau Trocken $14.99 1L
This is a great alternative to Riesling! Müller-Thurgau was created in Switzerland in the 19th century as a hardy, early-ripening grape for table wines. It is now the most widely grown grape in Germany. Borell-Diehl makes it in the classic trocken (dry) style: fresh, crisp, granny smith apple, lime and ridiculously easy to drink. Plus, it come in a liter sized bottle!
2019 Scarbolo il Ramato Pinot Grigio Friuli, Italy $18.99
This is a skin contact (or orange wine) pinot grigio with a pretty copper hue. It has much more texture and depth than a typical pinot grigio with notes of apple, wildberries and fresh citrus. And it’s balanced with plenty of acid to cut through all the rich fare but versatile enough to pair with vegetables & vegetarian dishes.
2018 Domaine Cheveau Saint Amour Les Grilles $28.99
Gamay, especially Cru Beaujolais (there are 10 crus), is always one of my picks for Thanksgiving Dinner. They are not only age worthy but they have more depth and complexity than your typical village level Beaujolais. Ripe-plum, sour cherry juicy and soft on the palate with balanced acidity.
2018 Fond Cypres ‘Cyres de Toi’ Rouge $22.99
From the Corbieres region in the south of France, this organic blend of Syrah & Grenache manages to be light and easy to drink yet complex. Bursting with crunchy black fruits, black pepper and a long, fresh finish with juicy tannins and herbal notes to complement the sage & thyme in your recipes or roasted vegetables.