Wed 26 Nov 2014

Happy Thanksgiving!


No, we’re not in America. However if you, like me, went to the NFL Wembley games last month; watch so many American crime/comedy dramas on TV that your accent is in danger of changing; or attend the opening of every new burger joint in town…

Tomorrow our cousins across the pond will be celebrating Thanksgiving, and why should they have all the fun?!

Thanksgiving Turkey and Pumpkin Pie

What wine to choose with the demands of Thanksgiving’s onslaught of savoury and sweet dishes?

This year I will actually be visiting my sister who lives in New York to see the Macy’s parade and eat turkey and pumpkin pie by her Chelsea (Manhattan, not SW3) apartment fire.

s California Old-Vine Zinfandel from The Wine SocietyVery few wines can stand up to the onslaught of savoury and sweet dishes all in one go, but luckily one American classic can – zinfandel.

Its characteristic unevenly ripening bunches mean that the resultant wines often have both a sweet raisin and sour-cherry note, the low tannin level and juicy acidity make it a pretty good pairing with turkey and cranberry sauce.

The Society’s California Old-Vine Zinfandel is a great example of this style. If you fancy giving it a go either with a late take on an American Thanksgiving dinner party, or indeed as a possible pairing for your Christmas turkey this year then I humbly suggest now the time to give it a try!

Sarah Knowles
Society Buyer for North America

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