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Wines for Thanksgivinukkah

Posted on | November 25, 2013 | Written by Janice Cable | No Comments

potato-latkes-friedThis Thursday, like many families across the US, my family will celebrate Thanksgiving and the first night of Hanukkah. Along with the turkey and the cranberry relish, the oyster stuffing and the brussel sprouts, the dressing and the gravy, my parents’ table will be loaded with fragrant, crisp latkes and dotted with dishes of applesauce and sour cream.

For the latkes, I know need a little something sweet to balance out that applesauce and something a little acidic to work with the sour cream. Maybe this Frecciarossa Riesling Gli Orti, a Riesling from Oltrepo Pavese that has good complexity and nice heft. This wine sounds like it would also go really nicely with my mom’s sweet potato kugel.

To work with my turkey, I’m thinking Bodega Chacra Cinquenta y Cinco 2011. I very much appreciate Piero Incisa della Rocchetta’s biodynamic approach—as well as his style that prefers low alcohol levels. This Patagonian Pinot Noir has the sweet fruit and the slight funk to make turkey sing.

My mom, who has grown an organic garden for over three decades, is devoted to veggies. Usually, she placates my dad with his beloved green beans sautéed with almonds, but she also likes to make roasted root vegetables, grilled portabello mushrooms, or collard greens with caramelized onions. I like the sound of Sartarelli Verdicchio Tralivio 2011, which is an unusually yummy Verdicchio; it’d also go well with the latkes.

For dessert, usually a honey cake and traditional apple pie. Clearly it’s a case for Massolino Moscato d’Asti. There’s nothing like ending a meal with a gentle sparkler, especially when you’re celebrating two holidays in one.

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