Let’s talk Turkey…and Wine – advice & pairings

Ready for Thanksgiving?



Have you picked out the wine you will serve or bring?



No? Well,  I can help. Let me introduce you to my cousin Eileen.

Not only is Eileen family, she is she is also a wine expert.  (now that’s a perfect pairing don’t you think?!)

As Thanksgiving is about family gatherings, I thought this would be an apropos time to invite Eileen to My Soulful Home for a visit & for her to give us advice on wine pairings.

William Sonoma

William Sonoma

Eileen is a CFO, authors the blog Wine Every Day and is a contributing writer on wine for 12most.com.  I particularly like this 12most.com piece she wrote on wine blogs.

Truly a connoisseur of wine, Eileen is a member of the Society of Wine Educators.  (I am just a member of society who drinks wine!) As such is the case, I will go get the opener, while Eileen fills you to the brim with excellent advice…


It is wonderful to be here at My Soulful Home.  I am happy to be able to share a coast-to-coast Thanksgiving toast with Kelly & you!

There’s been so much chatter this week about “the perfect wine pairing for Thanksgiving”. We want everything to be perfect for our guests; the food, the table setting, the decorations and the wine.

Well, not to burst your bubble, but there is no one perfect wine pairing for the traditional Thanksgiving meal. Wine pairings (like families) are not perfect, but we can get pretty close to perfect on both counts if we put in a little effort.

These are some wines that I’ve tasted this year that are among my personal stand out favorites. Each will pair beautifully with your Thanksgiving meal. My suggestion is to have at least one white and one red on the table and let your guests chose their favorite.

The Whites

Imagine Winery 2010 Pearl Paradise Mountain Viognier

Imagine Winery
2010 Pearl Paradise Mountain Viognier

2010 Pearl Paradise Mountain Viognier, Imagine Wine, Santa Barbara County, CA
Pale yellow in color with green apple, floral and slight perfume aromas. Lemonly tart mid-palate with a hint of caramel on the finish.
Viognier (vee-ohn-yay) pairs nicely with root vegetables, sweet potatoes and cream based dishes.
100% Viognier | $24 |Alcohol 14.5% | 50% new French Oak 50% stainless steel


Thirsty Owl 2012 Riesling

Thirsty Owl
2012 Riesling

2012 Riesling Thirsty Owl Wine Company, Finger Lakes Region, NY
Lovely light straw color with kiwi aromas. Honeydew and cantaloupe flavors, the finish is vibrant. A medium dry Riesling that is palate-refreshing and will be equally at home on the dessert table as it is on the dinner table. I like this wine with apple pie.
100% Riesling | $15 | Alcohol 11.3%


The Reds

La Rochelle 2009 Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir

La Rochelle
2009 Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir

2009 Santa Lucia Highlands Pinot Noir, LaRochelle Winery, Livermore CA
With a tint of brown edging around the glass and a deep garnet color mid-glass; this wine possesses a nice blend of earthy mushroom and dark cherry fragrances. A taste of raisin, blackberry and some earth mid-palate lead into a luscious well balanced finish. Pair with
herb crusted turkey and sausage dressing.
100% Pinot Noir |$35 | Alcohol | 15.2% | 100% French Oak 40% new


Tablas Creek 2011 En Gobelet

Tablas Creek
2011 En Gobelet

2011 ‘En Gobelet’ Tablas Creek, Paso Robles, CA
This red blend of four regal grapes is a very special wine. Rich smokey aromas with flavors of blackcherry, currants and coco. A kaleidoscope of fall flavors ending in a luscious finish. Pair with smoked turkey, duck, turkey drumsticks.
29% Mourvedre 27% Grenache 26% Tannat 18% Syrah | $45| 13.9% Alcohol | French Oak
If you are unable to find these specific wines in time for your holiday meal, bring the list to your local wine shop, ask for something similar and share with us what you’ll be pouring.
Special thanks to Imagine Wine, Santa Barbara County Vitners’ Association, Finger Lakes Wine Alliance, Thirsty Owl Wine Company, LaRochelle Winery, and Balzac Communications & Marketing for providing wine samples. To Talbas Creek for making amazing wine & to Kelly for for inviting me to My Soulful Home. Wishing you and your family all my best this Thanksgiving.  Cheers!


Thank you so much Eileen!! Who would have thought as we ate Thanksgiving dinner in Grandma/Aunt Sally’s basement so many years ago, that we would be bi-coastal blogging about wine together. Life is full of wonderful surprises! I am off to my local wine shop to pick up these bottles.

** Kelly **

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  1. Kelly,
    I do miss those family gatherings at your Grandmothers home, but this is the next best thing.
    Thank you for inviting me over to My Soulful Home to share some time with you.
    Cheers Kelly!

  2. Oh, how timely! Thank you…and may I add I’m jealous you have a wine expert in the family? :-)

  3. I never know what wine to choose so this is great information! I’m definitely going to check these out! Thanks Kelly & Eileen!

  4. I am just starting to explore the world of red wine (it’s taken me a while to come around), so this is great info for a wine-pairing newbie like me!


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