Why not invite the three little pigs to your Thanksgiving feast this year?
Is it just me or does it feel like your inbox is blowing up with a constant barrage of Thanksgiving wine suggestions? Google "Thanksgiving wine" and you will find more choices than you ever thought possible.The Internet wine experts will suggest red, white, pink, dry, sweet, sparkling and fortified wines that must be on your table. If I left something out I apologize, but after digesting your web search my suggestion is ignore most of it and just remember a few simple guidelines.
Pair the wine to the people rather than the food. Unless you have a bunch of wine geeks coming to dinner forget about food and wine pairings. Now is not the time to try and figure out what wine goes best with Grandma's green bean casserole. All you need are a couple of all-purpose, tasty wines–one red and one white–that will go with many different dishes.
The only other thing to keep in mind is to have plenty on hand. Few things are as sad as running out of wine on Thanksgiving Day. If your holiday feast is anything like mine we start eating and drinking around noon and don't stop until the final football game has ended around 11:00 p.m.
Which brings me back to inviting the three little pigs to dinner this year. If my previous two blog posts I highlighted two terrific red wines for Turkey Day, Pigro Rosso and Pigro Montepulciano d'Abruzzo. I've neglected to tell you about the Pigro Pinot Grigio. This light, refreshing, delectable white wine would be the perfect partner for your guests who prefer white wine. At just $9.99 per bottle, you can afford to have plenty of these cute little piglets being passed around the dinner table until the wee hours of the night.
Paul Quaglini, ABC Fine Wine & Spirits wine supervisor
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