There’s nothing better than sharing food and laughs with those who mean the most to you, making Thanksgiving a time of year that we all look forward to. This year might look a bit different than usual, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still enjoy wine and food with your loved ones. The Baer family has curated an easy holiday pack with all the wines you’ll need for your Thanksgiving meal, whether it be small, solo, or socially distanced. If you’re taking things virtual, order a pack for yourself and packs for those you love, and we can help you ship to the rest of your party. So sit back, relax, and enjoy these Baer Winery Thanksgiving pairings!
2018 Shard paired with Pommes Puree
The first wine included is our 2018 Shard. Crisp and clean, this unoaked Chardonnay doesn’t have any of the heavy flavors that may clash with rich holiday foods. The balanced acidity and light pear and citrus notes are ideal for sipping while you’re cooking, or for guests to enjoy with savory appetizers like cheese and charcuterie. Carry it on through dinner as a fresh accompaniment to plump turkey, gravy, and herby stuffing. If you’re cooking for a smaller crowd this year, splurge on something super luscious like Pommes Puree instead of the usual mashed potatoes. It’s not quite equal parts butter and potato, but it’s close. We think this recipe is a perfect complement to the Shard!
2016 Star Merlot paired with Romaine and Pear Salad
Our Thanksgiving gathering is usually small, so in past years we would typically take advantage of one of Seattle’s great restaurants serving a traditional menu and wine pairing. Our 2016 Star Merlot with its bright red currant and pie cherries, baking spice, and a hint of bay leaf works with the full meal deal. Including an obligatory salad on the plate? Try something simple like Romaine tossed with chopped pear, colorful and tart pomegranate arils, dressed with a light vinaigrette, and topped with parmesan shavings.
2016 Arctos paired with Mushroom Wellington
This year we’ll instead be picking up gourmet to-go and sharing a virtual dinner over Zoom, so the menu will be smaller. For those who prefer a slightly fuller-bodied red with their turkey, or even a second or alternative meat option like prime rib or ham, we’ve included our 2016 Arctos Cabernet Sauvignon. Silky, lush, and dense, this would also go along well with a vegetarian entrée like this Mushroom Wellington.
As for pie, we know of many excellent pie and wine pairings, but we’d be remiss to pass on a boozy coffee pairing. After all, there’s no better place for coffee than Seattle, Washington!
Cheers to you and yours, and we hope that however you are celebrating, Thanksgiving will bring some comfort and joy to this season. If you’re planning on setting your table with Baer wines this year, let us know by tagging us in your posts on Instagram!