The trick with Thanksgiving dinner is that wide range of flavors and tastes. You'll have turkey or ham, savory side dishes, lots of cooking spices and tons of flavor. That's too much for a moscato to stand up to. It just can't compete.
When the wine has too little flavor compared to the food, you'll only taste the alcohol, without getting any flavor with it. Suddenly your favorite light and tasty moscato will taste blah, barely there.
Good news: there is a simple solution. Serve your favorite moscato before dinner while everyone is gathering.
For dinner, bring out a lighter red, like a pinot noir, that nearly everyone can enjoy and that can also stand up next to the flavor onslaught of Thanksgiving dinner.
Get our 2015 Thanksgiving wine recommendations here.
Our top choice for Thanksgiving 2015 is St. Michelle Gewurztraminer. It goes with all kinds of food and is easy for all the adults to enjoy. It has a nice spice flavor to it that works well with the spices at Thanksgiving. We've long been Gewurztraminer fans, and St. Michelle does this one very well.
Our top reds for Thanksgiving 2015 are Bogle Petite Sirah and The Pinot Project Pinot Noir. The Bogle Petite Sirah is astoundingly dark red in the glass and has a concentrated flavor. But it's not overwhelming. It has some baking spice flavor that pairs very well with the spices in your Thanksgiving dinner. The Pinot Project Pinot Noir is a lighter red that's easy for even the non-wine fans to enjoy. It has enough flavor to stand up to the turkey or ham and all the trimmings.
Other good red wines include any of the pinot noirs or merlots.
Want to have fun picking your own wine? Here are three simple guidelines:
1. Serve just one white wine, or one red and one white wine. Keep it simple. This makes it easier for you and keeps guests from accidentally mixing two different wines.
2. Serve wines that go with almost any food. Your dinner will have a huge range of flavors, from spicy, to rich, to everything in between. So you want medium-bodied wines with some fruit.
3. Serve your lighter favorites before dinner. Everyone loves a glass of bubbly Asti or moscato, but it won't taste very good with Thanksgiving dinner. It just can't compete. When the wine has too little flavor compared to the food, you'll only taste the alcohol, without getting any flavor with it. So serve your favorite moscato before dinner, then bring out a red like the Pinot Project for dinner.