Getting started: You have the turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce, and gravy—your menu is now complete, right? Not yet. Be sure you're not neglecting the wine and craft brews that can enhance all of those yummy flavors!
WINE MATCHMAKER. A mid-weight red, without puckering tannins, will shine without overpowering the flavor of the meat and will compliment the rich pan gravy. We recommend a California Pinot Noir, a Washington state Merlot, and a French Beaujolais or Bordeaux.
A heftier white with a touch of fruit and a hint of oak can handle both the turkey’s roasted flavor and will compliment the vegetables. Our picks are an Italian Pinot Grigio with layers of apple and pear, or a buttery California Chardonnay. A well-balanced German Riesling is also a good choice.
Definitely Sparkling with appetizers! Try a crisp Italian Prosecco or Spanish Cava.MISMATCH. Avoid big Italian Barolos and California cabs that can steal the thunder of even the mightiest roasted bird. Also, keep light whites like sauvignon blanc or pinot grigio with appetizers—they’ll never get out of the gate against the main course.
A CRISP AND RICH WINTER LAGER. Why not offer beer to the non-wine-drinkers? Lots of hops and carbonation navigate the full range of turkey-dinner flavors. There are many seasonal Lager's and Ale's to choose from at Stillwaters!