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Holiday Savory Sips

Published: 20 May 2015 01:05:39 PST

Uncork a great Thanksgiving this year with a bottle of red! Before you toast and sip in honor of Thanksgiving, consider these figures pulled from PIERS StatsPlus of the top sources of U.S. wine imports.

Planning what wine(s) to serve at your Holiday meals can be overwhelming. You don’t need a personal wine steward at your side to make decisions about matching wine with your menu. Holiday foods tend to be rich and full-flavored; red wine has long been the classic choice for Thanksgiving because its light berry brightness contrasts well with the heartiness of the traditional menu…ever wonder the difference between red wines?

    • Pinot Noir: Younger wines are fruity with essence of plums, strawberries, cherries, and raspberries. Older wines have a smoky edge to them.
    • Syrah: Strong spice and black pepper qualities. Older syrahs are fruitier, with some smokiness. Also called Shiraz if it comes from Australia.
    • Zinfandel: Lots of intense, plummy, jammy flavors with spicy or peppery notes.
    • Beaujolais: Light and dry with fresh, fruity flavors. Choose more recent vintages and serve it slightly chilled.

Enjoy your turkey and red wine!

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