What would a Friendsgiving dinner be without some kick-ass wine? Nothing. It’s clear that no get-together can get started without a little bubbly, and this season, I highly recommend J Cuvee as the perfect party-ready sparkling wine. When I’m hosting, I typically like to have something interactive for my guests to enjoy while we dine. This year, since all of my friends love wine (duh), I thought it would be fun to set up a wine tasting station to educate them on the wines that pair best with the evening’s menu. This easy, conversation-starting activity is a great way to break the ice and get the party going.
Prep is simple! I simply laid out some butcher paper, grabbed a few of my go-to Sonoma County wines, and wrote what each pairs best with during dinner.
These are my faves:
* Frei Bother’s Chardonnay is perfect with a nice, roasted Turkey.
* Frei Brothers Russian River Valley Pinot Noir is amazing with stuffing. It has hints of black pepper and light oak.
* MacMurray Central Coast Pinot Noir is under $20 and tastes great with a green bean casserole.
* J Russian River Valley Pinot Noir is a lighter pinot and has flavors of tea and spice so it goes well with mashed potatoes.
If you’re looking for another fun idea to keep your guests entertained during Thanksgiving, I also love setting out wine glass writers so that each guest can write what they are grateful for on each. After everyone is done, I like to gift each guest with the wine they wrote their message on. It’s a win win – they’ll not only leave with a yummy bottle of wine, but they’ll also feel extra grateful. What wine from the list above do you plan on serving at your Friendsgiving this year? If you’re anything like me, you’ll be stocking the bar with them all. Happy Thanksgiving, friends!
Thank you so much to E.J. Gallo for sponsoring this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.