Take your Thanksgiving meal one step farther this year and pair it with a local wine. Taylor Simpson, Sales and Marketing Director of her family's Good Harbor Vineyards located in Leelanau Michigan provided us with suggestions of flavor friendly pairings for your Thanksgiving meals this Thursday.
Taylor Simpson graduated from the University of Michigan with two degrees and went on to work as a manager for six years at one of the countries largest wine distributors. She then became a Certified Wine Specialist and with her Northern Michigan roots, she has travelled to many of the greatest wine regions in the world. She is now working towards becoming a Sommelier and, pulling on her expertise, she has suggested four great wines from Good Harbor Vineyards to complement your Thanksgiving feast.
Good Harbor Small Batch Dry Riesling 2011: A white wine that may either be dry or sweet, excellent with any dishes that are spicy, salty or sweet. Whether from Germany, Washington, or the Leelanau or Old Mission Peninsula – Riesling is an excellent white wine for pairing with Thanksgiving dinner. Riesling’s classic flavors of white peach and honey along its balanced acidity give it a significant pairing edge with sweet potatoes, turkey meat and herb-filled stuffing.
Good Harbor Small Batch Gewurztraminer 2011: Another wonderful option for Thanksgiving and produced throughout both the Leelanau and Old Mission Peninsula, this white wine tends to have the bold aromatics and spicy palate appeal that give it a solid standing with turkey and gravy, bringing out the best in both.
Good Harbor Pinot Grigio: Delicate fruit aromas paired with a lovely acidity, this variety is capable of handling garlic and onions, herbs and rich, flavorful, high-fat dishes. Pinot Grigio/Pinot Gris is perfect pairing for any Thanksgiving day meal.
Good Harbor Moonstruck Blanc de Noirs: Sparkling wine is an increasingly popular pairing partner, and not just for the holidays. Sparkling wines bring both elegance and phenomenal food-pairing versatility to virtually any meal.