Thanksgiving is often thought about as Christmas without the stress of shopping. But, if you are in charge of preparing the perfect Thanksgiving Day dinner, then you know that it is far from a holiday without stress. One of the most challenging decisions party planners will have to make is deciding what wine they will pair with their turkey. But now a hotline normally open to questions about your turkey has expanded its reach to give you wine pairings and advice.
The problem most people will run into is not pairing their wine with the turkey. Thanksgiving is a holiday notorious for its side dishes and party planners want to make sure that they chose a special wine that will mix well with the wide variety of foods being served at their table.
If all this talk about palates and side dishes has already got you sweating, don’t worry. The good people at the Butterball Turkey Talk Line can help. This hotline should already be familiar to Thanksgiving specialists, as it has been in use for more than thirty years. Previously, the line had focused on helping you prepare your food, now they want to help you chose your wine, with special wine and food pairings and advice.
Those answering the phones are now trained to pair certain flavors with different wines. This story is not without its angle, of course. Robert Mondavi’s Woodbridge brand has teamed up with the people at Butterball to make this happen. This partnership means that if you ask what goes well with a roasted turkey, chances are it will be the Woodbridge Zinfandel or Cabernet Sauvignon that is suggested to you. If you are looking for something a little more expensive than a budget Woodbridge, you can always call up the hotline to brainstorm taste ideas.
Wine experts will tell you that for Thanksgiving you should typically look for something that has a low tannin profile. Although reds are popular with big holiday feasts, a red with a large amount of tannins can make your turkey appear to taste dry. The reason for this is the relatively low amount of fat in turkey meat.
Of course, it is always a good move to diversify your options, whether it is in your stock portfolio or with your wine collection. Offering a white wine, normally more aromatic in nature, is a safe bet at your Thanksgiving Day table to make sure that everyone is happy. Wine experts say that a sweeter white can sometimes be the best idea for the holidays. Not only is it more likely to be enjoyed by all, but it goes well with the sweeter sides on your table, like sweet potatoes.
It is important to remember that when it comes to wine there is never one clear path to chose. In the end, it always comes down to the personal taste and preference of the individual. So think about who is coming to your table and try to plan ahead. A timely phone call to check your guest’s preferences is never out of line.
If you don’t want to show your hand early to your Thanksgiving Day guests, remember that the people on the other end of the Butterball Turkey Hotline are now here to help – not only with your turkey, but also with advice for finding the perfect wine pairings for all your sides.
By Nick Manai