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Thanksgiving Pairings from our Portfolio

 

 

Thanksgiving is nearly upon us! If you’re still looking for great wines to pair with your meal, here are a few suggestions from the Loosen Bros. team. 

Aperitif

Greet your guests in effervescent style with Dr. L Sparkling Riesling. This bright, clean sparkling wine is a charming bubbler at a very nice everyday price.

Or for a grand entrance to the party, offer a glass of Riesling Sekt Brut from Maximin Grünhaus. Made from an excellent 2011 Herrenberg Auslese, this wine goes to the upper limits of brut.

Butternut Squash Soup

Villa Wolf Pinot Gris is a great pairing because it stands up to the richness of the soup. Made in a full-bodied, dry style, this wine offers a crisp texture balanced with vibrant fruit, depth and complexity.

Dressing

No matter what your favorite family recipe, the flexibility of a good dry Riesling makes it a perfect partner for dressings of all kinds – yes, especially recipes with oysters!

Try yours with Wittmann 100 Hills Riesling Dry. Elegant with invigorating freshness of grapefruit and peach. Amazingly juicy and fresh with lively acidity and a fine minerality. 

Or if you’re looking to really wow your guests (and yourself) pair it with a Dr. Loosen Erdener Treppchen GG (dry, grand cru) Riesling. Elegant and creamy, with a clean mineral finish.

Mashed Potatoes

Bring those buttery spuds to the next level by pairing them with Maison Roche de Bellene Bourgogne Chardonnay Vieilles Vignes. Made by famed Burgundy winemaker Nicolas Potel, this white Burgundy comes from old-vine parcels in the Côte de Beaune and Côte Chalonnaise for a nice balance of fresh fruit with a light touch of oak.

Green Bean Casserole

The crunch of fried onion and richness of mushroom soup calls for medium-bodied dry wine such as Robert Weil’s Riesling Trocken. Pure and intense, this wine has a stony richness and a lively, well-balanced structure that will lift this old tried-and-true Thanksgiving favorite to the sublime.

Cranberry Sauce

Pair the red stuff with a excellent white: the Brauneberger Juffer Riesling Spätlese from Fritz Haag. This Spätlese Riesling has fine, forceful fruit in its aroma, a linear focus on the palate and a pure slate finish. A great choice for dishes with fresh flavors and a lively sweet/tart balance

Turkey and Gravy

There’s no better match for turkey than a good Pinot Noir. You’ll find excellent ones at many price points from J. Christopher, a Wine Enthusiast Top 100 winery in Oregon’s Willamette Valley. Try their flagship Willamette Valley Pinot Noir or move up to the Dundee Hills Pinot Noir for fruit-driven elegance and a deep earthy complexity.

Or if you’re leaning toward a German wine, go with Wittmann Spätburgunder. Elegant, classic Pinot Noir with fine aromas of dark berries and an herb finish. Very compact and mouth filling, with an elegant acidity and soft tannins. 

Pecan Pie

When you’re pairing with pecans, a Dr. Loosen BA (Beerenauslese) is a perfect match. An intense, ultra-concentrated dessert wine, this BA has the distinct honeyed character that comes from botrytis, giving the wine a complex aroma and a lush texture.

 

We are so grateful for all our wonderful wine producers and for our customers. Happy Thanksgiving to one and all!

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