Well, Halloween is gone (though the candy may remain), the election is over (kinda) and Covid is still here. As we all wrestle with how we will celebrate holidays with family and friends, Palmetto Wine Sellers is here to help make your holiday wine buying easy.
For starters, let's tackle the most wine-challenged holiday: Thanksgiving!
First, if you are looking for that one perfect wine that will pair well with all the different types of food that will be served, forget it. From turkey (three ways) to ham to five kinds of vegetables and ten different casseroles (including three different green bean and at least two variations on mac and cheese), one wine selection doesn't stand a chance.
If your group looks more like a gathering of the clans, or you are convening on a Zoom call, just pick a couple of bottles each of white, red, and maybe rosé that won't break the bank and let everybody pick their poison. If your crowd is more subdued and your table is more like a nice dinner party than a cattle call, look for the better wines and champagnes.
For Red Wines, I suggest ones that are somewhat lighter in style that will not overpower the wide variety of food. My favorite is a Beaujolais, but you can't pass up a good Pinot Noir. That big powerful Cab you like will not work for turkey, so my red selections are all more acidic, lower in alcohol and basically "uncomplicated."
For White Wines, my first choice is a Chenin Blanc, followed closely by a Chardonnay. These wines do not overwhelm, and they will pair with the meats and the veggies....even brussels sprouts! The Rosé Wines fit in this category, too, and can be a pleasant alternative to reds or whites.
I hope you'll check out the wines from the links above. And please call if you have any questions or want to set up an appointment to come by and taste wines before you buy.
The Wine Guy