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Turkey Pairings

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Turkey Pairings

Thanksgiving Wine Recommendations
from Austin’s Barley Swine

You spend weeks planning the perfect Thanksgiving menu, hours shopping for the best ingredients and all day in the kitchen cooking. Where will you find to the time to select wines that will harmoniously complement this fabulous feast? Rather than meandering through the aisles of the wine shop, let John Michael Williams of Barley Swine in Austin, Texas be your guide. John Michael is a WSET level two Sommelier and a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America with a concentration in wine and spirits. With so many credentials under his belt, we asked John Michael to recommend 3 wines to pair with your Thanksgiving feast and he was happy to help.

Klindt Vineyard Pinot Noir
2011

Lioco Wine of Anderson Valley. At Barley Swine we love to pair bright young red wines. The Lioco Klindt Vineyard Pinot Noir is bright-ruby red with nuances of fresh red berries, floral pastilles, and spice. The bright acidity and fruit forwardness of the Klint Vineyard PN helps cut through the richness of your Holiday favorites and the tannins are silky and smooth on the finish. If we had to choose one bottle for an entire feast, this would be it! Website

Ovid Line North Riesling
2013

Boundary Breaks of New York. We tend to steer clear of super-dry white wines for the Holidays. They have a tendency to get lost in the presence of all the fruit, sugar, and salt of the Thanksgiving feast. We highly recommend a wine with quite a punch of acidity along with a subtle nuance of sweetness. The nose of the Ovid Line North Riesling has a slight herbal tinge with green florals on the nose. The palate screams white peach with a tinge of winter citrus. The finish is long with a touch of velvety sweetness. This wine is incredibly versatile and can be paired with Thanksgiving starters, various casseroles, and spiced dishes. Website

Cheverny Le Petit Chambord
2014

Francois Cazin of Loire, France. This crisp white wine is composed of 80% Sauvignon Blanc and 20% Chardonnay. Known for its citrus-based flavors embracing herb and mineral undertones the blend of the Chardonnay adds needed depth and a creamy finish. This wine is a prime candidate for roast turkey and mashed potatoes, also pairing well with sweet potatoes and stuffing. Website