Drink good wine that tastes good to you.
You may not have asked, but that is my only Thanksgiving wine pairing advice. And, for the next couple weeks, my Wine of the Week will go a little beyond that with some local wines that deserve a spot on your Thanksgiving table.
Rosé gets a lot of attention from spring through summer — and why not? It’s perfect then in all of its bright, straightforward glory. But don’t discount rose the rest of the year, particularly at Thanksgiving. It appeals to a great many palates — from white wine drinkers to those more interested in reds. It pairs with myriad foods, too.
Cranberry sauce is a traditional side dish on Thanksgiving and it brings sweet fruitiness and acidity to your plate. Well-made rose can do the same thing. And if it has a light herbal quality to it, like this week’s “Wine of the Week” Osprey’s Dominion Vineyards 2015 Rose ($17), all the better to pair with your herby, sausage-y (if you’re lucky) stuffing.
Made almost entirely from cabernet sauvignon (with a squirt of cabernet franc), it’s more concentrated than many local pinks, leaning decidedly to light red wine style. Cherries and brambly raspberry flavors are accented by subtle type and bayleaf notes. Bold but balanced by nervy acidity, it was a great surprise in a recent tasting of east coast rosés.
Add the fact that it’s $17 at the winery and you have the kind of wine that you can serve to a lot of people around the Thanksgiving table without breaking the bank.