Jennifer Iserloh, better known as The Skinny Chef, is a reknown author, chef, and a leader in promoting healthy, vibrant lifestyles though a diet of delicious and nutritious easy-to-prepare meals. She is featured on Hoboken Girl’s Thanksgiving Series and will be helping you pair (locally bought) wines with your delicious turkey feastings. Without further ado, here she is:
Thanksgiving is the biggest food holiday of the year and a great time to really pull out all the stops when outfitting your feast, even if you’re on a budget. So get ready, get your shopping cart and go, because these wines (for around $15) are wonderful but they won’t break the bank. Feast your eyes on these elegant wines from Italy that pair wonderful with turkey and all the fixin’s.
1. Bring on the Bubbly: Treviso Prosecco
While hunting down fabulous Prosecco, I ran into the maker of this deliciousness!
For starters, nothing welcomes your guests to a festive and warm home, full of delicious foods warming in the oven than a glass of bubbly! My pick is this delicious, well balanced, not overly sweet Prosecco that comes from the Veneto (same region that contains the famous city of Venice), that pink, effervescent and very drinkable, especially for those who aren’t fans of dryer champagne.
Pairing: Appetizers! Get the party started early.
2. Full Body Chard: Gavi
If you’re a chardonnay lover, than you’ll appreciate this full body white made from Cortese grapes, with notes of pear, melon, and citrus.
Pairing: It’s bold enough to stand up to your bird, and ideal with roasted poultry basted with herbs like sage or rosemary.
In the cooler months, I’m a big red wine fan. Most wine experts say to go white with poultry, but I like to break the rule by pairing a medium to light body red with aromas that will complement your favorite turkey recipe.
Pairing: Medium bodied red like the two below are the perfect compliment for your turkey and red wine lovers at your holiday table.
3. Bring on the Red: Formica Valpollicella
A rich medium-bodied red, made from corvine, rondinella, and molinari grapes—the same blend they use to make Amarone. This wine has notes of fresh fruit like raspberry, along with mineral and balsam wood aromas.
Pairing: Perfect served along side rich, sweet potato dish.
4. Another Medium-Bodied Red: Ruche
The basic bird with a scoop of cranberry sauce or sweet potato mash has just met its match in heaven! Ruche, main from 100% Ruche grapes, is an ancient Italian varietal and an all-time favorite medium-bodied red because it is quite unique. It has the startling aroma a red roses followed by a hint of licorice, dark cherries, and Indian spice.
Pairing: All ideal with the sweet tart tang of cranberry, grounded by a meaty slice of turkey.
The best part? All of these wines can be bought locally at Sparrow Wine & Liquor Co. in Hoboken.
Just a few yummy wines to pair with the table on your Turkey Day. ENJOY!