Thanksgiving day offers a wonderful opportunity to pair drinks with the meal. It’s rather simple if serving seasonal food.Depending on if you serve your meal family-style or in multiple courses, you’ll only have to purchase two to five types on wine. For some courses, like soup and salad, you can offer water to keep the bottle count lower.
The suggested multi-course menu allows time to enjoy your wine, converse, and entertain between some courses.
Below is a sample meal of seasonal dishes with suggested pairings.
First, greet your guests with a little bubbly, since it’s very festive. Since many start dining around 4 – 5 PM on Thanksgiving, have guests arrive around 2 PM and start with cocktails. This shouldn’t last for more than an hour. For those who like football, set up a “sports bar” area to watch the game.
Champagne or Proseco and Martinelli’s Sparking Cider
Buffet or Passed Hors d’oeuvre
Served with suggested cocktails below.
- Turkey brie burger sliders with caramelized onions, cranberry relish, and sage mayo on pretzel bun
- Skewered cubes of roasted beets, feta cheese, and sweet potatoes with vinaigrette
- Herbed wild mushroom tartlets
- Pépa (Cognac and Vodka Cocktail)
- Pecan Pie Soda – Non-achoholic
- Cranberry Cutie Mocktail – Non-alcoholic
- Cream of parsnip
- Arugula, pomegranate, pistachios, and feta cheese with a blood orange vinaigrette
- Turkey breast roulade stuffed with wild mushrooms, plus turkey gravy
- Whipped roasted sweet potatoes, butternut squash, carrots, and onions
- Julienne sautéed brussels sprouts with garlic and pancetta
- Tarte tatin with Chantilly cream
Wind down with drinks in front of the fireplace (or in front of the TV for football fans).
- Bailey’s Original Irish Cream
- Grand Marnier
Cool Vines has Thanksgiving Wine 6-Packs available for a quick grab-n-go, but their staff is available for assistance. They will be open Thanksgiving Day 9 AM – 4 PM for last-minute purchases.