The Cranberry Sauce Method of Choosing Thanksgiving Wine

by coolerman on November 20, 2009

I just came across this interesting article from on choosing a wine that's a nice match for the traditional, or not-so-traditional Thanksgiving dinner. It features an easy to remember rule – in short, choose a wine to go along with the turkey that’s similar in its qualities to cranberry sauce – fruity, tart, and with just a little bit of sweetness. There are no oak or tannic qualities in cranberry sauce, and there shouldn’t be in the wine that’s served alongside turkey, either. The article goes on to mention some interesting alternatives.

We've always been a primarily Pinot Noir family, more out of our own traditions than anything else, but found a couple of interesting ideas here. In fact, I plan on trying something different, in addition to our Pinot Noir this year, and suggest you might consider doing the same.

Lots of wine stores and liquor stores feature specials on a variety of holiday wines this time of year, so it’s a great time to stock up on your favorites. Be sure to store your wine in a suitable place in your home. If you plan to keep them short term – less than a year – a consistently cool place without too much light exposure will be fine. For longer term storage, you might want to consider investing in a wine cooler. We’ve got plenty of wine cooler recommendations, of course.

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