Entertain/Food / November 8, 2019

Friendsgiving Roasts & Toasts

Holiday party season has arrived. While we can’t wait to feast on Thanksgiving Day with family, we’re also looking forward to another one of our favorite gatherings this time of year: Friendsgiving.

We love that Friendsgiving is less formal than its traditional counterpart and it gives us the opportunity to test out creative dishes we may not want to commit to during the stress of bigger holidays. This year, we’re taking a page from Food & Wine and thinking about non-traditional ways to serve turkey. Especially if you’re hosting a more intimate group for Friendsgiving, a smaller serving of turkey breast or drumsticks may be a better route. Plus, you may have less leftovers!

Or, since you’re probably planning for turkey on Thanksgiving, take a shot at cooking up an alternative main dish at Friendsgiving. Use this as your chance to experiment with duck, lamb or pork.

Whatever delicious dishes you choose to serve, we hope these Friendsgiving wine recommendations will help you navigate through your choices for what to pour:

Dry whites

Dry whites are lovely with appetizers, first-course harvest soups, seafood or for those who prefer a drier or more full-bodied white wine with their turkey. Try Splendid Oak Chardonnay with your favorite appetizers and consider pouring another glass to enjoy with the main course.

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Semi-sweet whites.

A semi-sweet wine like Middle Sister Sweet & Sassy Moscato will make sides like your cranberry sauce and sweet potatoes pop. Remember to save a sip or two to enjoy with a slice of pumpkin pie.

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Medium-bodied reds

Medium-bodied reds, including an approachable wine like Bar Dog Red Blend make the link between the Thanksgiving turkey and savory stuffing, especially if the stuffing includes sausage or mushrooms.

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Full-bodied reds

Serve a full-bodied red wine like Girl & Dragon Cabernet Sauvignon when serving a heritage turkey, ham or interesting game like pheasant or duck. The bigger, richer proteins call for a bigger, richer wine. Make sure you pick up a second bottle to save for prime rib on December 25th.  

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Wishing you a happy Friendsgiving and holiday season!


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