Perhaps the most common wine varietals for the Thanksgiving meal, outside of Pinot Noir, would be a Zinfandel, a Syrah/Shiraz and the ever popular Beaujolais Nouveau. Zinfandel is such a fruit forward and spicy wine that it will pair well with big Thanksgiving flavors, without overwhelming them. Whether you prefer a Syrah from the Rhone region or from Argentina or from the states, or a Shiraz from Australia, both have great smoke and spice notes which enhance the flavors of the holiday and can still stand on their own for sipping after dinner. Some wine selections were sent for editorial consideration.
Amavi Cellars Syrah - When most people think of wine from Washington State they immediately go to their Merlot or Cabernet Sauvignon, and the various regions throughout the state do an amazing job with those varietals. But don’t forget the powerful Syrah coming out of Washington, Walla Walla in particular. Amavi Cellars 2009 Syrah combines both dark fruit, like black cherry, blackberry and figs with mineral notes and earthy undertones. A well balanced wine that will compliment any dish on a Thanksgiving table. Continue reading "What to Drink Now: Syrah, Zinfandel and Beaujolais for Thanksgiving"