With Thanksgiving just a week away, many of us are thinking about what wine we want to enjoy with our meal. May I suggest this lovely Chenin Blanc-Viognier blend? With lovely, harmonious flavors that won’t overwhelm your favorite recipes, this is a winner!
As always, it’s up to your own preference. Both red and white wine will pair nicely with the different styles of food on the Thanksgiving table. But you always want to find something that won’t overpower the food, like a big, bold Malbec, and can be sipped and enjoyed before and after the meal. Standouts tend to be dry Rieslings and soft Sancerre to start. A medium-bodied Cabernet Sauvignon, a Côtes du Rhône or something from Bordeaux with the main meal may be excellent. Have you thought about sweeter wines for after dinner like Sauternes or port?
Many wines are blends. As I learned in Bordeaux, they are only allowed to use three specific varietals, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Malbec to create their magic. In California, things aren’t so strict. This Pine Ridge blend of 80% Chenin Blanc and 20% Viognier is just right. The tart and crisp Chenin Blanc marries perfectly with the spicy, floral Viognier. Soft notes of peach and melon on the nose along with an ever-so-light, honey finish will delight you. The Viognier softens and lifts this Chenin Blanc to lush levels!