Tipsy: Drink In Gwinnett

Wine Pairings for Holiday Fav Dishes

Drinking your way through the holidays might be the only way to survive the last few months of 2020.  

To end the year in sophisticated style while stuffing our faces with the best of food the holidays have to offer, we asked the husband/wife team at Sip Happens to help us create a great pairing list for Thanksgiving dinner. We’ve paired up some nice wines to bring out the best flavors in Aunt Ednas’ casserole and mom’s bird; even if they aren’t culinary delights, the wine will help wash them down or bring out the missing flavors. 

  1. Sweet Potato Souffle – A Cotes du Rhone works well with sweet potatoes. It’s a medium bodied red that’s slightly earthy and can have notes of baking spice from the French oak aging.  
  2. Turkey and Stuffing – A Gamay goes really well with turkey, as well as everything else on the table. It’s a lighter bodied red with cranberry and strawberry notes. A Pinot Noir from Oregon would also pair really well. The cherry notes compliment the turkey and the savory, mushroom notes pair perfectly with stuffing.
  3. Pecan Pie – A dry Riesling or Vouvray would be lovely with Pecan Pie. They both offer slight sweetness on the front of the palate but finish dry with good acidity. 
  4. Green Bean Casserole – A sauvignon blanc, with citrus notes, or unoaked chardonnay, with apple or pear notes, will bring nice acidity to balance a green bean casserole.

Don’t show up empty handed!  A nice bottle of GAMAY (which is off the beaten path for a varietal of wine) is a great hostess gift and we just gave you a few great talking points to sound super sophisticated at the dinner table.