Wine for Turkey, Pies & beyond


It’s always the agony of choice for me, deciding what wine to put with our meals — there are so many great options out there, and I’m learning about a new varietal or vintage or vineyard every event we do! We have some especially knowledgeable clients & they’ve taught us some great yet unexpected pairings over the years.

Given the timbre of the times, a lot of our clients have asked about a couple of go-to wine choices that would suit the entire turkey meal if possible – did we know of any good ones reasonably priced? We reached out to a couple of our favourite wine peeps – Dave over at John & Pete’s on La Cienega & Lucian Fick, who helps us curate wine pairing dinners for parties. Here are some of our picks & theirs – all available locally & at reasonable pricing for a crowd! Enjoy!

Our Executive Chef Emma’s suggestions & picks….(read with a “kiwaus” accent!)

Pinot noir is always a good choice for a large holiday meal as there are so many competing flavours, you need something versatile. Australian Rieslings or an American Rhone style blend are also great, especially if you are adding other meats to the meal. Try the Paso Robles wines for a locavore touch to your meal. I also always recommend a Martinbough Pinot from New Zealand!

For pumpkin pie 2005 Quady Winery Electra Orange Muscat – spices hit the right notes & blend without being overly sweet on the finish.”

Dave Griffith & Pete Burra, from John & Petes Liquor on La Cienega in West Hollywood (a great full service liquor caterer, from olives to nuts to glassware & ice, they deliver it all!) have suggested the following wines that they have on the shelf at the moment:

“For your Turkey : the Inception Central Coast Pinot Noir $20. We also love the Qupe Bien Nacido Cuvee Viognier Chardonnay blend, great value @ $20. Both will appeal to those at your table who are fussy about only drinking red wine with meat or white wine with white poultry!

To pick up the grassy notes in the green beans and other green vegetables : Crios Torrentes White Argentine wine $14. Great New World wine .

Chocolate Pecan Pie – needs a more complex flavour to linger with : try the Niepoort late bottled vintage Port $25

And for your apple pie : Saracco Moscato d’Asti $16 – stands up to spices & cream!”

And from Lucian, who’s also the Head Wine Buyer for Wholefoods in Beverly Hills on Crescent Drive:

”Thanksgiving fare begs for red wines that are fruity, softer, bright and less tannic. So, when in doubt, go with Pinot Noir. Another inspired choice is Beaujolaismade from the Gamay Noir grape. These two wines, both of which exhibit subtle notes of earth, sweet fruit, and spice, offer a generous mid-palate mouth-feel, and are a perfect foil for the holiday table.
 My suggestions for great value are also stocked at our Wholefoods store – I look forward to chatting with our customers about their wine & food choices!

Castlerock Pinot Noir. Regular price $13.99, on sale $9.99

Louis Jadot Beaujolais-Villages 2009 $13.99″

Whichever wines you choose, we’re sure you’ll have a tasty Thanksgiving & wish you & your families all the best for the Holiday Eating!

Kate & the FoodInk Team