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Thanksgiving Wine & Beer Pairing Suggestions 2013

When you pick your Turkey up at LGCM, don’t forget to get all the wine and beer you need for entertaining, as well! Our wine expert Nick has a few specially selected Turkey wine pairing recommendations for you this year. Watch Nick show you his top picks for this year, as well as some delicious stand-bys in the video below.



Red Wine

Nino Negri Quadrio – Valtellina Superiore, Italy

This is a fabulous Italian wine from a little known region in the North of Italy. I had the distinct pleasure of meeting the winemaker and owner Casimiro Maule, the 2007 Italian Winemaker of the Year, and was very impressed by this hidden gem. Quadrio is a blend of 90% Nebbiolo and 10% Merlot. The wine has aromas of raspberry, cranberry, roses and herbs with tart fruit flavors, elegant tannins and a smooth finish of toasty oak. When I tasted this bottle, I thought of Thanksgiving because of the “fall” flavors and way the dark, tart fruit flavors will complement the Turkey. Open this bottle and you won’t be disappointed!

Albert Bichot Chateau de Jarnioux – Beaujolais, France

We featured this light French wine in the summer as a grilling wine, but it also makes for a fabulous Thanksgiving wine. This wine, made from 100% Gamay grapes, this wine has fresh flavors and aromas of strawberry and red raspberry. The wine is smooth, fruit driven and refreshing. The delicious red fruits help to bring out the best in your Turkey.

Decoy Pinot Noir – Sonoma County, California

Decoy Pinot Noir is a best seller and a “go-to” Thanksgiving pairing. This is an enticing Pinot with lovely aromas of ripe strawberry and raspberry, as well subtle spcie notes. This is an elegantly structured wine with a touch of earth and refreshing acidity. The combiantion of sophistication, acidity and flavor make this a wine that will not only complement your Turkey, but bring out the best in stuffings, vegetables and more.

White Wine

Grooner Gruner Veltliner – Austria

Gruner Veltliner is a refreshing and acidic wine that is a perfect pairing for a wide variety of food. Try this fun bottle this Thanksgiving, and I bet you’ll be impressed. Full flavors of sour apple, citrus fruit and spicy notes with a refreshing acidity will keep your palate cleansed between bites of different foods and bring out the best in your food.

Washington Hills Late Harvest Riesling – Washington State

Sometimes you just want something sweet, and our Washington Hills Late Harvest Riesling is the perfect bottle for the sweet wine lover! Lovely flavors of honied fruits, sweet nectarines and peaches are balanced by the smooth body. This is a sweet wine you can enjoy without a bad headache from all the sugar in the morning, and it will make your Thanksgiving just that little bit more sweeter!


New Glarus Fat Squirrel

This rich nut brown ale with delicious chewy hazelnut flavors is a fall treat to enjoy with your turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing and more. Take home this Wisconsin favorite before it’s gone!

Geneva Lakes Brewing Company Black Point

This delicious Oatmeal Stout is rich and full of roasted coffee flavors. This won’t so much complement your meal as be part of it. Enjoy with the dark meat parts of your Turkey!

Goose Island Sofie

The light, yet complex Belgian style ale has flavors of citrus, white pepper, and vanilla and will bring out some delcious flavors you never knew your Turkey had in it.

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