Believe it or not, Thanksgiving Day is next week! For most American families, Thanksgiving is traditionally the biggest and most important meal of the entire year. If you haven’t started planning your big feast yet, don’t worry. We’ve created this specially curated 3-course Thanksgiving meal plan complete with recipes and wine pairings to save you time!
Each of these wines is available for purchase individually, but you can save over $30 by buying all three together. Enjoy!
APPLE PEAR SALAD WITH LEMON DRESSING
Paired With: SUNSTONE 2021 SYMPHONIE DU SOLEIL
No meal this time of year is complete without a dish featuring apples or pears. Both are in season and can be picked fresh. And there is no better way to start a meal than with a salad. We found this recipe that pairs perfectly with our just-released 2021 Symphonie du Soleil. Not only does it have apples and pears- two prominent notes found in this wine- but the lemon poppyseed dressing complements the citrus flavors in the wine. To top it off, this recipe contains another Thanksgiving staple- cranberries. This is the perfect way to start off your holiday feast!
STRAWBERRY BALSAMIC ROASTED TURKEY
Paired With: SUNSTONE 2020 PINOT NOIR RESERVE
Pinot Noir is by far the most versatile and food friendly red wine. There is no more classic pairing on Thanksgiving Day than Pinot Noir and Turkey. We chose this recipe because so many aspects of it bring out the best in our 2020 Pinot Noir Reserve (rated 91 points by Wine Enthusiast Magazine). First, it features fresh strawberries and a strawberry balsamic jam that both complement the strawberry aromas in the wine. The olive and spice notes in the wine also match up well with the olive oil and pepper in the recipe. This one also calls for red wine to make a reduction sauce, and you can use this Pinot for that portion of the recipe. Our mouths are watering just thinking about this one!
PUMPKIN CHERRY CAKE
Paired With: SUNSTONE 2021 GRENACHE ROSÉ
Pumpkin “anything” is always popular at Thanksgiving, especially when it comes to desserts. While most pumpkin desserts need to be paired with a white or dessert wine, rosés are usually a great option as well. In this case, it’s the perfect option. One of the prominent aromas in this wine is cherry blossom, so the cherries incorporated into this cake accentuate that. But perhaps even better is that this recipe also includes coconut, which blends well with all the other tropical notes in the wine like mango, papaya, and pineapple. This recipe lets you keep the pumpkin flavors in your meal, while changing it up from the usual pumpkin desserts. Enjoy your Thanksgiving!