THE DRINK NATION IS A FREE RESOURCE FOR FINDING EVERYTHING AWESOME ABOUT DRINKING IN YOUR LOCATION
The Drink Nation Home Bar Project Cover

What to Bring to Thanksgiving: Pinot Noir

by Melissa Auman Greiner on Nov 26, 2013 in Wine
What to Bring to Thanksgiving: Pinot Noir

Mom has agreed to host Thanksgiving, Dad is thrilled to showcase his killer carving skills, Grandmom is bringing her award-winning sweet potato souffle and your cousin is baking three pies — from scratch.

You can still be the hero this Turkey Day by including your contribution, and it doesn’t require speed-reading the Joy of Cooking, either. I have four little words for you: Williamette Valley Pinot Noir.

Pinot noir is light as reds go, so you don’t have to worry about it overwhelming the holiday’s classic flavors. The wine can actually bring some of those tastes to the next level. Roses, raspberry, truffle and smoke are all flavors associated with pinot noir, most of which could be ingredients in a turkey recipe, anyway.

While pinot noir’s true home is the Burgandy area of France, the vineyards in Oregon’s Williamette Valley have done some amazing things with this grape -- and it’s one of the hardest varieties to tame. Their versions are a little rounder, a little jammier. They are easy to drink and approachable enough for even the most wine-weary in your family to enjoy.

Anything with “Williamette Valley” on the bottle is a decent bet, but stay away from notorious warm areas like southern California, where the pinot grapes melt in the heat and only produce flat wines. For a personal rec, go with Williamette Valley Vineyards (that should be pretty easy to remember). This is my go-to bottle for domestic pinot, and what I will be serving at my Thanksgiving table.

So purchase a bottle or two (or three, depending on the stress level at your annual family gatherings). Uncork, pour and show off your knew-found knowledge. And watch as your family ohhs and ahhs. Just make sure Dad has his glass after he puts down the electric knife.
   


Tags: Holiday, Wine
Recent Articles

Feedback

How are we doing? Tell us what you like or don't like and how we can improve. We would love to hear your thoughts!

*Name:
*E-mail:
*Suggestions:
 
You Can Now Drink Rose Wine Out of Resealable Cans

You Can Now Drink Rose Wine Out of Resealable Cans

The Drop, a company which has been releasing canned wine since 2016, has a new innovation - a resealable can for their rose wine....read more ›

by The Drink Nation Aug 1, 2018
Pumpkin Wine is Coming, Just in Time for Autumn

Pumpkin Wine is Coming, Just in Time for Autumn

It's only mid-summer, but if you're already ready for fall, you can get started now with a bottle of pumpkin wine....read more ›

by The Drink Nation Jul 24, 2018
Ommegang & Game of Thrones' Latest Beer, Mother of Dragons, Will Be Released This Fall

Ommegang & Game of Thrones' Latest Beer, Mother of Dragons, Will Be Released This Fall

Mother of Dragons, the third beer in this year's Royal Reserve collection between Ommegang & Game of Thrones, ...read more ›

by The Drink Nation Jul 17, 2018
SPONSORED
Drink Nation Store Rectangle
European Union Whiskey Tariffs Threaten US Bourbon Industry

European Union Whiskey Tariffs Threaten US Bourbon Industry

Bad news for bourbon tipplers in Europe - last week, the EU began enforcing a new 25% tariff on US whiskey and bourbon imports....read more ›

by Jessie Donofrio Jul 10, 2018
Guinness to Open US Brewery in the Baltimore Area, August 3

Guinness to Open US Brewery in the Baltimore Area, August 3

If you haven't had a chance to drink a fresh pint of Guinness in Ireland, no worries, because Guinness is opening a 62 acre brewery and taproom just s...read more ›

by Jessie Donofrio Jul 6, 2018
9,000 Bourbon Barrels Fall to Ground During Collapse at Sazerac Distillery Warehouse

9,000 Bourbon Barrels Fall to Ground During Collapse at Sazerac Distillery Warehouse

Pour some out, because 9,000 barrels of whiskey were damaged during a distillery's building collapse in Kentuc...read more ›

by The Drink Nation Jun 26, 2018
John Legend is Now Making His Own Wine With Napa's Raymond Vineyards

John Legend is Now Making His Own Wine With Napa's Raymond Vineyards

Award-winning singer-songwriter John Legend is partnering with Raymond Vineyards for his line of luxury wines,...read more ›

by The Drink Nation Jun 26, 2018
Dylan Sprouse, Star of Suite Life of Zack and Cody, Co-Founded a Brooklyn Meadery

Dylan Sprouse, Star of Suite Life of Zack and Cody, Co-Founded a Brooklyn Meadery

From the Suite Life to the Mead Life, Dylan Sprouse is living his best life as the CEO and co-founder of All-W...read more ›

by Jessie Donofrio Jun 14, 2018
Game of Thrones & Johnnie Walker are Releasing a White Walker Scotch

Game of Thrones & Johnnie Walker are Releasing a White Walker Scotch

HBO's hugely popular fantasy show won't return for its final season until April 2019, but in the meantime, Gam...read more ›

by The Drink Nation Jun 12, 2018
Snoop Dogg Mixes World's Largest Gin and Juice

Snoop Dogg Mixes World's Largest Gin and Juice

Snoop Dogg, rapper and huge fan of gin mixed with orange juice, took the stage at the BottleRock Napa Valley music festival to mix up one of the large...read more ›

by Jessie Donofrio Jun 11, 2018
SPONSORED
Drink Nation Home Bar Project Rectangle
View all Articles

Sign up to get weekly drinking news, bar reviews, events and more sent directly to your inbox!

Close