The Best Wine For Thanksgiving: Gewürztraminer
Do you worry about choosing the right wine to serve at Thanksgiving? Never fear, Serious Eats is here with wine picks to please every palate.
Gewürztraminer (pronounced Geh-VERTZ-trah-mee-nur) is the wine that most reminds me of Thanksgiving. It's aromatic and slightly spicy, sometimes off-dry with hints of lychees and nutmeg. It's right at home with sage-rubbed turkey, and it's stellar paired with stuffing.
My favorite Gewürz right now also happens to be a great value. The Helfrich 2008 Gewurztraminer from the Alsace region of France is under $15 for a tall skinny bottle (it'll fit well in your fridge next to all those Thanksgiving groceries.) It's only 12.5% ABV, but has a rich, decadent mouthfeel while retaining a lively acidity. This golden wine reminds me of pear compote (with just a whiff of mango) and its delicate spicing feels perfectly fall-like. Buy a few bottles and keep one to serve with your Christmas goose. (Find this wine)
Gewürztraminer is also a specialty of the Alto Adige region of Northern Italy. Elena Walch's Alto Adige DOC Gewürztraminer is another good choice for your Thanksgiving table. It's around $20, and offers a viscous, silky mouthfeel and richness that will beautifully complement herb-scented gravy, and would be stellar with a starter of butternut squash soup, oyster stew, or curried mussels. This is such a pretty wine, with hints of honey, clove, and quince. (Find this wine)
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