We love this time of year when we get to gather our closest friends and family, prepare delicious Thanksgiving dishes and pair them with our favorite Nine Hats Wines. Food and wine bring people together and that’s what Thanksgiving is all about! We’ve curated a Thanksgiving meal featuring classic dishes such as turkey with cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes and gravy, green bean casserole, and pumpkin pie. We suggest pairing them with the 2017 Nine Hats Pinot Gris, the 2016 Nine Hats Cabernet Sauvignon, the 2017 Nine Hats Red Wine, and the 2015 Nine Hats Syrah to finish off the meal. We hope you’re hungry because it’s time to dive in!
First up we have the crown jewel, the star of the show, and the one dish that sets the tone for the entire Thanksgiving feast — the turkey. And for those of you who like to complement your bird with some sweetness like we do, then cranberry sauce is a must. Everyone has their own special way to make their turkey, whether it’s with stuffing inside or vegetables around the edges, but no matter what delightful flavors you incorporate, the 2017 Nine Hats Pinot Gris is a great companion. Let’s get into the nitty-gritty details of the flavors. A perfect turkey typically consists of bold flavors such as thyme, garlic, butter, lemon, and spice. To top off your turkey, add some tart cranberry sauce for a sweet and savory duo. These flavors pair flawlessly with the vibrantly crisp, zesty notes of the Pinot Gris. Don’t get too comfortable yet, the meal has only just begun!
We’re not sure about you, but potatoes and Cabernet Sauvignon are two staples in our everyday life. How can you not love both? Fun fact: mashed potatoes have been on Thanksgiving tables since the 1700s because not only are they delicious, they’re affordable and healthy — making this dish a nice complement for our 2016 Nine Hats Cabernet Sauvignon. Mashed potatoes are extremely simplistic, typically enjoyed with ingredients such as butter, garlic and, of course, creamy gravy on top. This dish gives the Cabernet Sauvignon a chance to shine. Its layers and notes of red berry and spice really balance the potatoes and gravy well for a mouthful of flavor.
This pairing is another Thanksgiving side dish we can’t get enough of — and the same goes for the wine. Green bean casserole is complex when it comes to its flavors. Between the crunchy onions, creamy mushroom sauce, pepper, and fresh green beans, the four components might seem unusual at first, but it’s quite the opposite. This dish is comforting — one bite will remind you of Thanksgivings past. Now for its partner, the 2017 Nine Hats Red Wine. Rich red currants and dark chocolate hit the palate with a spicy and refined finish. This wine paired with the casserole is out of this world. It’s creamy, balanced, smooth, and spicy all at once — we can already taste it.
It wouldn’t be Thanksgiving without pumpkin pie, and we’ve paired it with the 2015 Nine Hats Syrah. Both the wine and the pie provide a creamy, smooth texture on the palate. The pie’s blend of cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger brings out the rich distinct tones of coffee and raspberry, in the Syrah. The spice profile of both are pure harmony bite after bite.
The best part about this entire meal is that you’ll be indulging in so many delicious flavors that you’ll be thankful to have all four of these wines on your table! Whether you’re hosting Thanksgiving this year or traveling, impress your loved ones with Nine Hats Wines this holiday season.
Bonus: We’re offering 10% off any mix-or-match case of Nine Hats wines now until Thanksgiving. Use promo code THANKSGIVING at checkout. Cheers to the 2019 holiday season!