Where to begin? Well, for starters, deciding whether you want a white, red or both. That’s right, you can pair red wine with white meat, popular to contrary belief that white wine only goes with white meat and red wine only goes with red meat. Let’s start with white wine options, then we’ll go from there.
Not a fan of barrel aged wines? No problem, I’ve got a suggestion for that too: Traminette. We are currently serving the 2018 vintage in the tasting room. Similar to its parent grape, Gewurztraminer, Traminette has similar aromatics and spiciness that would also do nicely with turkey. This vintage is also completely dry which makes it another good option for those who prefer dry whites.
If dry wines aren’t your thing, don’t worry, I’ve got my sweet wine folks covered too! A little bit of sweetness goes a long way and with that in mind, I recommend our semi-sweet white; Beau. The Vidal Blanc/Traminette blend is the closest wine at Bluestone that resembles a Reisling and would balance side dishes like sweet potatoes and herb stuffing and the main course, turkey.
Now that we’ve covered some white wine options and some red, did you think I was going to forget about dessert? Can’t have a big feast without finishing with dessert! For me, I typically think of apple and pumpkin pie. I couldn’t decide between pairing with apple or pumpkin so I’m going to offer options for both! Because if we’re being perfectly honest, if both are available, I have a hard time choosing, so I usually end of getting a slice of each. Abundance mentality, amirite? Choosing dessert wine pairings is sometimes tricky because you don’t want to do sweet wine with sweet dessert because then you run into the possibility of everything just tasting sour. So with this section, I had a little help from our winemaker.
If you are “team white wine pairing”, our 2017 Estate Chardonnay (aged in French oak) would actually be a good option for both apple and pumpkin. Now, if you are “team red wine” from beginning to end (or you want to switch from white to red), our estate grown Chambourcin, Steep Face, would be an option for pumpkin. This wine doesn’t have nearly the tannins that the Bordeaux varietals do so it wouldn’t overpower the pumpkin spice.