Montesquieu Winery Reflects on Thanksgiving and Looks Toward Christmas —The Joys of Food and Wine Over the Holidays
December 13, 2010, by: Lisa Duff Khajavi
Thanksgiving is a wonderful holiday—it encompasses tradition, gratitude, family, friends, quality time with people that matter. But what would Thanksgiving be without that seemingly endless meal, paired with a collection of your favorite wines?
We at Montesquieu Winery are reflecting back on this year’s Thanksgiving feasts, reliving our favorite wines and some of our more successful pairings as we prepare for the next round of holiday parties and dinners. Although certain wines have developed a reputation for pairing particularly well with a Thanksgiving meal — Riesling, Beaujolais, Pinot Noir, just to name a few — the truth is that any wine that was a hit at Thanksgiving will likely play beautifully through the rest of the holiday season and beyond!
But before remembering some of our Thanksgiving favorites, let’s highlight a few tips we’ve learned over the years that apply to serving wine at any festive occasion.
Feel free to take some license to experiment and enjoy. We believe there are no strict hard-and-fast rules. After all, everyone is different, with different tastes. Pairing food and wine should not require a PhD or cause anxiety. Here are some basic guidelines that are helpful, but more importantly, drink what you enjoy, and serve a variety that you think others will enjoy too!