Pairing wines for your Thanksgiving meal can be daunting as there are so many different components and a hodgepodge of flavors. To make it easy for you, we asked the experts at Olé Obrigado, recently named Importer of the Year by Wine & Spirits magazine, to curate the perfect 6-pack of wine pairings from undiscovered, up-and-coming regions in Spain and Portugal. Say no more? Contact your concierge to place your order OR click here to check out directly.
A few things to consider:
Pair intensity with intensity
Lighter, less tannic styles work with a lighter meat like turkey.
Pairings that create a contrast
Thanksgiving meals are full of earthy, savory elements that are really nicely contrasted by wines with red-fruited flavors. That’s what makes cranberry sauce such a good pairing with fall spices found in other sides.
Generally wines with some acid tend to pair better with food as they act as a palate cleanser and round out the flavors → cuts through richness of Thanksgiving dishes.
In sum, common threads to look for: wines that are relatively lighter and lower in tannin, wines with red-fruited flavors, and wines with moderate acidity. All 3 of these wines have the above traits and are really versatile with a Thanksgiving meal, but for the type A people out there, here is a more specific roadmap in terms of what to drink when:
About Olé & Obrigado
Olé & Obrigado is an importer of artisanal wines crafted by family-owned wineries in Spain and Portugal. Recently named Importer of the Year by Wine & Spirits magazine, Olé & Obrigado offers the most comprehensive and well-curated collection of wines from the Iberian Peninsula available in the U.S. They represent over 40 boutique producers across Spain and Portugal, and their wines can be found at fine wine shops, preferred retailers, and restaurants across the U.S.
About Yassmin Dever
Yassmin Dever leads Business Development initiatives for Olé & Obrigado. Prior to joining, Yassmin was at Sotheby’s Wine where she provided collection management and advisory services to both aspiring and well-established wine collectors. Yassmin did not follow a conventional path to the wine world and got her start on Wall Street. After 6 years at Citigroup, her passion for wine drove her to make a big career change and she has not looked back since. Yassmin has certifications from the American Sommelier Association and the WSET (Level 3 Advanced).
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