Anthony Gismondi on Wine
Thursday, October 5 2017

Top 10 : Thanksgiving Table

By: Treve Ring & Anthony Gismondi
Wines for Giving Thanks

We are so lucky.

You, us: we have the privilege to taste, talk, explore and enjoy wine in our lives. This Thanksgiving weekend we hope that you spare a moment to consider how lucky we all are, and share a glass of wine in gratitude with family and friends.

Thanksgiving is one of the easiest meals to pair wines to, really. There are typically so many different flavours on the table between the main(s), sides, sauces - not to mention the different personalities around the table. It's a good idea to have a variety of double-duty wines available for sharing and trying. By double-duty, we mean wines that are flexible in pairing to foods, and to people. This is most likely not the time to try some edgy, esoteric, avant-garde, intellectual bottle, nor is it the time to pull out that special wine of contemplation from the cellar. It is the time for food-friendly, charming bottles that embody harvest camaraderie; that is what the celebration is about after all. Gamay and lighter reds, and pinot gris and creamy whites are all suitable for turkey, chicken, ham, salmon and root vegetables, plus all the fixings. Dry rosés play up both sides of the rainbow, and sparkling pairs with everything, always. Just keep the oak, tannins and alcohol in check, so as to not compete with the food. There will be enough flavours on the table as it is.

Here are our top 10 picks to share around our Thanksgiving table, and with you.

Written By:
Treve Ring & Anthony Gismondi
Treve Ring & Anthony Gismondi

Every week Treve Ring and Anthony Gismondi collaborate on our Top Ten list, released on Thursday morning, often with a timely theme. If you count carefully the list will more than likely exceed ten names but only because we believe if any wine is tied by a score that makes our list it should be included. We know many of you are wine savvy and can do your own sleuthing to locate our weekly picks but for those who asked: BCLS means it is sold in government retail stores; when we say private wine shops we mean it could be in any private wine shop or liquor retail store (LRS); winery direct means check with the winery online. If it’s not sold in BC we usually try and give you a suggested retail price. Prices change hourly in BC – the price we post is what we are given at publication.