Serena Lourie
November 20, 2012 | Serena Lourie

What are you having for Thanksgiving

My favorite part of Thanksgiving is coming together with friends and family and sharing a meal.  Everybody slows down a bit for a  couple of days and we appreciate the time spent together and the delicious smells and tastes of the meal.   Beyond the beautiful colors and flavors of the meal, I love how the wines Alan makes dance with a Thanksgiving dinner.  Here are our Thanksgiving menus based on the Floodgate Vineyard and Perli Vineyard Pinot Noirs:

Floodgate Vineyard Thanksgiving

Start with the 2010 Floodgate Pinot Noir then open the 2009 Floodgate Pinot Noir

  • Mushroom and leek soup
  • Spinach & persimmon salad
  • Green beans with ginger and cashews
  • Spiced tea cranberry sauce
  • Traditional herbed turkey with gravy (vegetarian option: Wild mushroom and butternut squash bread pudding)
  • Sourdough, wild mushroom, and bacon stuffing
  • Soft herb rolls
  • Pear-cherry pie with an almond crust
  • Spiced pumpkin layer cake with cream cheese frosting

Perli Vineyard Thanksgiving

Start with the 2010 Perli Pinot Noir then open a 2009 Perli Pinot Noir

  • Spiced pumpkin soup
  • Harvest salad with butternut squash, pomegranate, and pecans
  • Juniper and herb roasted turkey (vegetarian option: Sweet potato gnocchi with mushrooms and spinach)
  • Fig and sausage stuffing
  • Cranberry, fig chutney
  • Roasted beets with a hint of cinnamon
  • Squash dinner rolls
  • Pumpkin pie
  • Pecan pie

We also always have Gewürztraminer on the table. It’s a great way to start things off but also is dynamic enough to sip on throughout these meals. This year it’ll be the 2011 Floodgate Vineyard Gewürztraminer.  The beautiful honeysuckle, citrus nose and dry finish will compliment the spices used across all the Thanksgiving dishes and tastes delicious with turkey.

As for the leftovers the day after, make turkey sliders and open a bottle of the 2010 Russian River Pinot Noir.

Happy Thanksgiving!



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