Thanksgiving Beverages

Trying to find a beverage for your Thanksgiving dinner and weekend can be mind boggling to say the least. We have selected a few of our favorites so you can choose a favorite to please the preferences of your guests. If you prefer cocktails, see our beverage section for great options on martinis, margaritas and other favorites. Each option is sure to take the guess work out of enjoying your Thanksgiving meal, kicking back while watching the big game or relaxing with friends over the long weekend. Drink responsibly and enjoy!

The Pinot Noir chosen is medium in body for a Pinot Noir where the Meritage is going to be more robust, but not to the extent of a Merlot or Cabernet Sauvignon. Both wines should be served at cave temperature and not room temperature. Cave temperature is 58 degrees. The Rosé wines are dry French Rosés, so don’t think sweet. They should be served at 48 degrees which is not icy cold or cave temperature. Basically if you take it out of the fridge and let it sit at room temperature for about 20 minutes it should be right. If served too cold, they won’t have much flavor. The Chardonnays chosen are going to be full bodied with notes of butter and should not be served icy cold either, but more on the lines of the Rosés. Both of the sparkling wines are on the drier side and great drinking wines that won’t break the bank. Again don’t serve icy cold, but more on the lines of the Rosés. The two Samuel Adams® beers are from their Winter Pack, which I highly recommend for sampling. The Cranberry Lambic is a wheat beer brewed with cranberry and other natural flavors according to their label and is a little sweet with great cranberry flavor. The Winter Lager is a dark wheat lager brewed with winter spices according to their label and is robust with only slight hints of the spices. The Chimay Red is medium to full bodied and is slightly higher in alcohol content than a regular beer so it is great for sharing. The Flensburger Brauerei Pilsener Lager is medium to full bodied with flavors of hops. The Flensburger Brauerei Gold Premium Lager Beer is lighter in flavor than the Flensburger Brauerei Pilsener Lager, but still has body without the bold flavor of hops. All of the beers should not be served icy cold either, but more on the lines of the Rosés and according to my husband more at cave temperature. You decide which temperature you prefer. Enjoy!

Ingredients

Parducci Family Farmed Pinot Noir (California)
Hahn Estates Meritage (California)
Chateau Grand Tertre Bordeaux Clairet (France)
Domaine De Ricaud Bordeaux Clairet (France)
Samuel Adams® Cranberry Lambic (Boston MA)
Samuel Adams® Winter Lager (Boston MA)
Chimay Ale Pères Trappistes Première (Known as Chimay Red) (Belgium)
Flensburger Brauerei Pilsener Lager German Lager Beer
Flensburger Brauerei Gold Premium Lager Beer (Germany)
J. Lohr Arroyo Seco Riverstone Chardonnay (California)
Bogle Vineyards Chardonnay (California)
Freixenet Extra Dry Cordon Negro Cava (Spain)
Zardetto Prosecco Brut Sparkling Wine (Italy)
Wine opener and/or bottle opener

Technique

For the beverage chosen serve according to proper temperature, open, pour and enjoy responsibly! For more options see Pumpkin Spice Ales, German Oktoberfest Style Beers or Wente Vineyard Chardonnay Flight.

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