Written by John Kerr of Metro Wines
Red and pink wine alternatives to a sputtering Thanksgiving tradition.
If your Thanksgiving is anything like ours, you’ll soon find your kitchen bursting with a collection of friends and family you’ve cobbled together. And the food you serve is just as diverse as the folks who have taken over your home. Your table will be covered with a jumbled smorgasbord of everyone’s favorite dishes from recipes gathered over generations.
The foods are a diverse lot because every one of us brings to the table a dish that represents our own family tradition. The link of the food and the holiday are permanently intertwined in our childhood memories of what Thanksgiving is. For the adults, wine has always been the traditional beverage. But not until a few decades ago did one wine emerge as de rigueur for the day.
In the 1980s Beaujolais Nouveau elbowed its way into the Thanksgiving tradition. This was due in part to timing. The quaint tradition of Nouveau takes place just before Thanksgiving. To celebrate the new harvest, Beaujolais vintners quickly produce a very young wine. With just a few weeks of aging, the wine is always released the third Thursday in November. The timing with Thanksgiving couldn’t be more perfect.
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