Friday, November 10, 2017

Thanksgiving Tips and Wine Ideas

"I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder." - G.K. Chesterton

Thanksgiving is a time for gatherings and reflection.

A perfect time to slow down and be present with family and friends, or even spending time with strangers.

Yours may involve travel or the preparation for guests to join you.

Traditions are honored and created.

We would like to help you simplify your wine list for Thanksgiving since it is almost here! 

There is enough happening during this time leading up to your big Thanksgiving celebration.
The last load you need to carry is the stress of which wines will you bring or serve on this holiday?
Whether you are a host or a guest, we think you will find our recommended list a breath of fresh air as the days are flying by.
These wines are chosen for their compatibility with the flavors of a traditional turkey feast.

Thanksgiving Wine List:

Pinot Noir ~ Look for Oregon wines first

Sweet Riesling 


Dry Rose

Carmenere ~ Chile

Pinot Gris 


If serving or enjoying a vegetarian meal with Tofurkey, we recommend a California Pinot Noir, a Syrah or the versatile Riesling.

A Few Tips for a Smooth Thanksgiving Day:

Keep your white and rose wines chilled, and your reds cool.

Appetizers - if football is on or not!
Simplify and update your necessary serving trays.

Instead of canned yams, try a healthier sweet potato side dish:

(Recipe is for 8-10 people)

Dice up 4-5 Large Yams or Sweet Potatoes
Butter the inside of a 9 x 13 glass pan.
Add half of the diced sweet potato or yams.
Add 1/2 cup of raisins or dried cranberries.
Add 1/2 cup of chopped pecans (optional).
Sprinkle with sea salt, black pepper, and cinnamon.
Melt 4 Tablespoons of real butter with 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract and drizzle over.
Add the remaining half of yams or potatoes.
Repeat layering with another 1/2 cup of raisins or dried cranberries and 1/2 cup of chopped pecans.
Sprinkle more sea salt, black pepper, and cinnamon on top.
Melt 2-3 more Tablespoons of real butter and finish by adding this to the top layer.
Bake at 375 degrees for 75-90 minutes (depending on altitude).
Stir often. If potatoes or yams seem dry at all, add more butter.
You can add more pecans, raisins, cranberries.
Delicious side dish for Thanksgiving!

Designate wine stemware with wine charms or a variety of wine glasses to eliminate guest confusion.

Relax, enjoy, and be grateful!

"Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow." - Melody Beattie

Happy Thanksgiving to You 
From Sharing the Wine!

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