Ray Isle (@islewine on Twitter) is Food & Wine's executive wine editor. We trust his every cork pop and decant – and the man can sniff out a bargain to boot. Take it away, Ray.
Here’s the deal with Thanksgiving. You need a wine that goes with turkey (easy enough, turkeys don’t taste like anything). You need a wine that goes with stuffing, green beans, cranberry sauce, sweet potatoes with marshmallows melted on top (a concept I find revolting, personally, but what can I say?), creamed onions, mashed potatoes with gravy, Brussels sprouts, you name it.
And because no one wants to make more than one trip to the store for this crazy holiday, you need wine that goes with pizza too, because pizza is the single most popular food for the night before Thanksgiving.
To put it more briefly, what you need is a wine that goes with everything.
That’s a dry rosé. It’s got acidity, it’s got fruit. Chill it down, it’s refreshing. It’s not too big, it’s not too small; as Goldilocks would say, if she were old enough to drink, "it’s just right."
If any of your family members object to a pink wine at this meal, just shrug and snarl, “Hey, buddy, rosé was good enough for the Pilgrims, wasn’t it?” Then walk off. That ought to confuse them sufficiently.
2010 Paul Jaboulet et Fils Côtes du Rhône Rosé ($10)
2010 Mas Carlot Rosé ($10)
2010 Francis Ford Coppola Sofia Rose ($16)
2010 Etude Rosé of Pinot Noir ($18 or so)
NV J Vineyards Brut Rose ($28)
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