A well documented event that occurred in Virginia in 1619 of 38 English settlers giving thanks and offering sacrifice for the blessing of the harvest of the preceding year and another recorded festival, again prompted by a good harvest, that took place in Plymouth, Massachusetts in 1621 where the Pilgrims celebrated with Native Americans, who had helped them get through the previous winter by giving them food in that time of scarcity, were the first chronicled feasts of Thanksgiving in the United States. While similar festival holidays are celebrated around the world, like Canada, Germany and Japan, and the celebration has historical roots in religious and cultural traditions, Thanksgiving has long been celebrated as a secular holiday. In the U.S. Thanksgiving is celebrated on the fourth Thursday in November and has been since our first President, George Washington, proclaimed it "as a day of public thanksgiving and prayer, to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many and signal favours of Almighty God." on November 26th, 1789, marking the day as the first nationwide thanksgiving celebration in America.
Ok. Enough of the history lesson. It's a day off after all!
Family and friends are gathering and coming together. While enjoying the passed hors d'oeuvres and appetizers, there is turkey to carve, potatoes to mash, pies to bake and football to watch. And of course, there is wine to drink. But what goes well with Turkey Day? First things first, this is a gathering and celebration. So sparkling wine to toast and begin is obvious (read: mandatory). We're going to start with the Rustico Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore by Nino Franco. The word ‘Rustico’ dates back to an old winemaking tradition where Prosecco was made using a second short fermentation in the bottle and leaving the sediments in the wine. Although no longer the technique, the name ‘Rustico’ has remained as a reflection of quality and tradition.
(More history. Sorry, I couldn't help myself!)
While the aforementioned apps are coming around, what should we enjoy with them? A light and bright wine with enough zest to match the vegetables and casseroles, obviously. So we're going with female winemaker, Renee Ary's Duckhorn Sauvignon Blanc from Napa.
For our main course, to play nicely with the glistening bronze skin of the turkey, the butter and whipped potatoes and all that delicious corn, we're going with Chardonnay. One from Southern Burgundy and the other from Napa Valley. The first will be Cave De Lugny Macon-Villages from a co-op of farmers who are rooted in the Maconnais. Secondly, we're going classic California with the Karia from Stags Leap Wine Cellars.'Karia' is derived from the Greek word for 'graceful', which is what the cellar masters at Stags Leap strive for when making this wine.
We should have you covered with this lineup to get you through the holiday and thoroughly enjoy dinner and your company. White wine and turkey go famously together, so you should be all set. Until, of course, next week when we do the Reds...
See you there!
The Wine Shop Team