You don’t have to live in America to enjoy a good tipple in honour of Thanksgiving, so I have selected a few of our favourite USA wines that are sure to impress!
Why not start with a delicious Californian Chardonnay? I’d go with the La Crema Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 2014, it has just the right amount of richness to match perfectly with Turkey and plenty of soft, ripe fruit flavours such as white peach and the occasional hit of pineapple, making it a joy to drink. The initial fruit is backed up with lovely vanilla and toasty, nutty notes, adding lots of texture and complexity.
Keeping with the Turkey theme, the next wine has to be a perfectly matched Pinot Noir! One of my favourites is the Nielson by Byron Santa Barbara County Pinot Noir 2013, it’s straight-forward fruity style is incredibly appealing. It is rich and juicy with lots of strawberry, redcurrant and cranberry flavours that lead onto hints of cinnamon and star anise. This wine really delivers on a lot of different levels.
There’s always a call to have a few beers in too, so why not get a real taste of New Awlins with some Abita Amber Ale? This is a smooth, malty, Munich style beer imported direct from the brewery in New Orleans. It’s one beers lovers will adore.
It’s probably worth getting in the spirits, since it’s Thanksgiving and all. My choice would certainly be the Knob Creek Small Batch Bourbon. A ‘pre-prohibition’ style bourbon crafted in limited quantities, aged for 9 years and placed in only the deepest charred American Oak barrels. This really is a smooth, spicy and almost caramel/maple syrup flavoured whiskey. Drink straight up or mixed in a bourbon cocktail.