Getting ready for your Thanksgiving feast? Whether you are having dinner with friends or hosting a family Thanksgiving of your own, this year choose an Italian Thanksgiving dinner wine to impress! Below are some suggested Italian wine options for Thanksgiving dinner wines and the foods they pair with to create an unforgettable meal:
Sparkling Wine Sparkling wines are also called “fizzy wines” because they have a good bit of carbon dioxide in it, making them bubble. While most of these types of wines are rose or white, there are even some fabulous red sparkling wines. Sparkling wines go well with fried foods and are particularly wonderful with appetizers.
Aptly named after the green grape that is used to make the wine, Chardonnay is typically known to come from France. However, Italian chardonnay wines are particularly delightful.This wine is a light body with marked acidity. It also has flavors of pear, apple and green plum in the Italian and French versions. Chardonnay is one of the most versatile wines because it can be served both during and after meals.
Sauvignon Blanc Sauvignon Blanc, made from a green grape, offers a dry, crisp taste in a white wine. The Italian version is a nice blend of earth and fruit, as the climate is perfect for the grapes. This wine is best paired with cheese and fish. It is especially good with chevre and is one of the few types of wines that goes well with sushi. But since it’s Thanksgiving, you’re best to pair this with your cheese casserole!
Brunello di Montalcino
This Italian red wine comes from the town of Montalcino, located in the Tuscany wine region near Florence. This wine, one of Italy's most recognized and prestigious wines, was one of the few wines awarded the designation of Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita. It goes well with roasts, wild game, fancy dishes, rich steaks, and grilled meats. This is a wine that won’t go unnoticed.
Vino Nobile di Montepulciano This is another red wine that has a Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita designation. Grapes, primarily Sangiovese grape varietal, are from the area of Montepulciano. It also has a blend of Canaiolo Nero and some other local grape varieties included. This wine goes through a two-year aging process with one year in an oak barrel. Riserva is aged three years. This is definitely a wine which will make an impression. It pairs perfectly with meat dishes, aged cheeses and spices, especially those typical of the Fall season. The only trouble is if you bring a wine like this to a meal, you are sure to upstage the turkey! Understanding the different aspects of these Italian wines makes picking Thanksgiving dinner wines for your meal easier. Any will add an Old-World accent to the New World Thanksgiving tradition.