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What the winemakers are recommending to pair with your Thanksgiving Feast

One of The Martin's Lane masterpiece Pinot Noirs - worth the splurge!
One of The Martin's Lane masterpiece Pinot Noirs - worth the splurge!

Thanksgiving dinner should be a celebration of local. Living here in beautiful B.C. is super easy to laden your holiday table exclusively with ingredients sourced from your farming community! And, like most holiday celebrations, there must be wine and choosing the best bottle to pair with your bird is a must.

So I asked some of the winery owners/winemakers which of their wines pairs perfectly with Thanksgiving and here is what they had to say:

Shane Munn, winemaker Martin
Shane Munn, winemaker Martin's Lane Winery

2015 Martin's Lane Winery

Winemaker Shane.Munn:

"From the current vintage, the 2015 DeHart Vineyard Pinot is the better Turkey match. Enough earthiness to complement and rich enough to handle all the fancy trimmings - you know, gravy & mashed potatoes."

martinslanewinery.com

Winemaker Stephanie Stanley, O
Winemaker Stephanie Stanley, O'Rourke's Peak Cellars
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2019 O'Rourke's Peak Cellars Pinot Noir Rosé

Winemaker Stephanie Stanley: "Rosé and Gew are always a great classic pairing for turkey dinner. The Rosé is delicate and fresh with nice cranberry and pomegranate flavour and a dry and crisp finish."

orourkespeakcellars.com

Corcelettes owner Jesce Baessler at home on their vineyard in beautiful Keremeos.
Corcelettes owner Jesce Baessler at home on their vineyard in beautiful Keremeos.
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2019 Corcelettes Estate Winery Gewürztraminer:
Owner Jesce Baessler::
“What makes this a perfect pairing is that our Gewürztraminer is a dry yet fruit forward. The brightness of the acidity and citrus flavours would complement the fats of the turkey and gravy and, of course, butter and mashed potatoes. The fruitiness of the wine (think tropical flavours as well as subtle peach) complements dishes like traditional stuffing and roasted fall vegetables. This is a lively wine that will dance in your mouth with all the flavours of Thanksgiving!”
corceletteswine.ca

Blue Grouse Estate Winery owner Paul Brunner eating Gamay grapes on his stunning Cowichan Bay vineyard.
Blue Grouse Estate Winery owner Paul Brunner eating Gamay grapes on his stunning Cowichan Bay vineyard.
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2018 Blue Grouse Quill Gamay Noir
Owner Paul Brunner: “Gamay is an aromatic, light bodied red wine, with good acidity making it an ideal pairing for most poultry dishes. It will accent your Thanksgiving turkey, stuffing and all, making it taste heavenly. Enjoy.”
bluegrouse.ca

Gavin Miller - owner/winemaker at Upper Bench Winery in Naramata.
Gavin Miller - owner/winemaker at Upper Bench Winery in Naramata.
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2018 Upper Bench Chardonnay
Owner/WinemakerGavin Miller: “Upper Bench Chardonnay is the perfect choice to pair with a Thanksgiving dinner. It has the best of both worlds: a subtle creaminess to pair with your buttery mashed potatoes and savoury stuffing, and a bright crispness which presents a great pairing for crispy-skinned roast turkey. And if you still have some Chardonnay left over after dinner, the hint of spice on the finish would be great with pumpkin pie.”                                                           upperbench.ca

Winemaker/owner Jay Drysdale Bella Wines with (then a puppy!) Buddha.
Winemaker/owner Jay Drysdale Bella Wines with (then a puppy!) Buddha.

2019 Bella Wines Cavada Vineyards Sparkling Gamay
Owner/winemaker Jay Drysdale: “I look for wines that have some weight and texture to them. It will help stand up to the spectrum of flavours that some come with Thanksgiving dinner.  For Bella, I am reaching for our Cavada Vinyeard Gamay as the flavours and textures work perfectly. And we all know that turkey is just a vessel to make stuffing (smile).”                                                                                                                                                                                                 bellawines.ca

 

 


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