One of the most fun aspects of the holidays is food and wine pairing, and one of the holidays where we all especially love to tackle this challenge is Thanksgiving. Each cook has his or her own routine, recipe and approach that all help make the table perfect for the occasion, and the wine chosen plays no small part.
The traditional turkey pairing has always been Pinot Noir. Argentine wines have been often overlooked as a contender here, but we believe that even an all-Argentine home wine list can liven up any Thanksgiving table and pair well with the turkey and the numerous other sides and desserts.
Here are our carefully chosen wines for your table – categorized by style as we do in our Siete Fuegos restaurant.
Our Five Picks:
Dry, Light & Fruity
Few wines can match these fizzy beauties when it comes to easy-pleasing refreshment.
Gimenez Riili Winery – Perpetuum Extra Brut – Chardonnay, Chenin and Pinot Noir
The Gimenez Riili family has been in the wine industry since the end of the 19th century. This sparkling, which represents the family’s celebratory spirit, is produced using the Charmat method, and was aged for four months on its lees. Fruity on the nose, it reminds of peaches, apricots and toast. It is an easy-to-drink sparkling with a fresh aftertaste, which makes it ideal for thanksgiving celebration – particularly with turkey paté on top of brioche bread and a hint of rosemary.
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Dry, Easy Going & Fruity
These pink, light-bodied wines will remind you of summer berries. They’re refreshing and pair beautifully with just about any light food.
Caelum Winery – Rosé – Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon – 2011
Giuseppe Franceschini, an Italian winemaker, stands out due to the great acidity in his wines. This light colored rosé is the result of his hard work plus with Lujan de Cuyo Terroir. Citric and subtle on the nose, this reminds of grapefruit, lemon and lemongrass. On the palate light bodied, refreshing with a sharp acidity. Let’s welcome thanksgiving festivity with a turkey breast with a bittersweet citric reduction served with an arugula, mozzarella and grapefruit salad.
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Dry, Light & Crisp
These whites are known for their quenching character and crisp acidity. Fresh, light and invigorating, their flavors will remind you of green herbs, citrus and green apple.
Mauricio Lorca Winery – Lorca Poético Viognier 2010
This wine is made in small quantities by the well-known winemaker, Mauricio Lorca. Fermented 40% in barrels and 60% in stainless steel tanks, it expresses both a steely crispness and the soft touch of oak. The densely lush aromas of fresh melon and white peach make you feel that you are walking through a tropical flower garden. Creamy, and mouth-coating, it is vibrantly refreshing, with a touch of sweetness and a zesty acidity. You will amaze your family serving it with turkey drumstick with strip of dried apricot cream and a leek risotto.
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Medium-Bodied & Fruity
Not too heavy, not too light. These versatile crowd-pleasers are deliciously balanced, with fruit-forward flavors and a go-with-anything style.
Zorzal Winery – Reserva Pinot Noir 2010
Driven by a strong devotion to wine and many years in the wine industry, the Michelini brothers founded Zorzal Wines in 2007. This Pinot Noir, aged for 12 months in French oak, is a true expression of the Uco Valley’s wonderful terroir. On the nose, it is full of flowers with some pronounced notes of strawberry marmalade, and vanilla and chocolate coming from the oak. In the mouth, it is a soft wine with a distinguished body and a long and gentle finish. Take the plunge baking a stuffed turkey with raisins and mushrooms wrapped in bacon.
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Bold, Voluptuous & Fruity
Try these velvety smooth, mouth-filling reds with intense, dark-fruit flavors. Often aged in oak barrels, they can have soft tannins, spice and vanilla.
Renacer Winery – Punto Final Reserva Malbec 2008
Produced by Bodega Renacer and its winemaker Pablo Profili and Italian consultant Alberto Antonini, Punto Final Reserva was made from primarily old vine Malbecand aged 10 months in French oak barrels. Opaque purple-colored, this Malbec is full of rich and fresh red in the nose. An intriguing and expressive mouth, full of black fruit, blackberries, and black cherries is rounded off by a creamy, long-lasting finish. Serve with with a turkey-tomato stew garnished with gratiné sweet potatoes.
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