Monday, November 8, 2010

Thanksgiving Celebrations! Pennsylvania Wine Pairings

As the month of November is usually spent planning the Thanksgiving meal, I will dedicate the remainder of my November entries to Thanksgiving and how to incorporate wine into each and everyone's daily celebrations.

To start, I revert back to my roots: Pennsylvania wines.  I recently found an entry on Facebook regarding select wines that each Pennsylvania winery has chosen as their Thanksgiving wine.  I have copied this entry for my readers here, and encourage those, especially in Pennsylvania, to try something new.  Thanksgiving is the time to be thankful for all that we have, and in the state of Pennsylvania, wine is abundant!  

Many of these wineries are spread throughout the state - their labels can be found in the State Liquor and Spirit stores.  And, a turkey leftover recipe follows at the end of the article.  :)

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Without further ado:
What's YOUR Turkey Wine?
Friday, November 05, 2010
Turkey Time with PA Wine
The holidays are coming near and we’ve got turkey on our minds. As you plan your holiday get-togethers and meals, are you wondering which wines will pair best with your tasty offerings? We know that you can find a perfect match for your meal among the wines of Pennsylvania, so we reached out to wineries across the state and asked, “What’s YOUR turkey wine”?

Wineries were eager to respond. There is no way you can go wrong with this comprehensive listing!

Allegheny CellarsTry their gold-medal winning Bull Hill Blush. It’s a "finely tuned blend of Niagara and Concord and its fruitiness lends itself perfectly to Turkey and all the accompanying goodies."-- Alan Chapel, Allegheny Cellars Winery

Bastress Mountain Winery: Try their Autumn Blush (a semi-sweet Catawba) and White Mountain Mist (a semi-sweet blend of Riesling and Gewurtraminer).

Benigna’s Creek: Try their Benigna's Tears, a semi-sweet Cayuga white.

Blue Mountain Vineyards: “2009 Riesling would go great with a smoked turkey or roasted turkey with bacon tucked under the skin and sage stuffing. Use a mixture of our 2009 Vignoles and chicken stock to baste your turkey to get intense flavors of pineapple throughout the meat and then thicken to make a sauce. The Vignoles would also be great mixed in whipped sweet potatoes with a touch of orange zest. Of course, make sure you save some to enjoy with the meal!”—Jamie Metzger, Blue Mountain Vineyards

Boyd’s Cardinal Hollow Winery: Try their gold-medal winning Gewurztraminer. A sister of the Riesling grape, Gewürztraminer has a heavier mouth feel with just a touch of spice.

Briar Valley Vineyards: Try their Gewurztraminer and Lemberger.

Buckingham Valley Vineyards: Try their Pinot Gris.

Calvaresi Winery: “Definitely Riesling!” – Tom Calvaresi, Calvaresi Winery

Chaddsford Winery: “Some good Chaddsford suggestions would bePROPRIETORS RESERVE WHITE because it has enough acidity to cut through the bland turkey and hold up to the fattier side dishes, or perhaps SUNSET BLUSH for it’s balance of flexible fresh fruit. And I have no doubt that the zingy acid and slight sweetness of our new ’09 RIESLING would be a killer! If you like dry reds, a light red like our 2008 PINOT NOIR with its delicate, fruity flavors is a good choice.”—Eric Miller, Chaddsford Winemaker

Clover Hill Vineyards: Try their Turtle Rock Red, Oak Vidal Blanc, Spiced Apple and Riesling. “Fact: Few wines are as flavorful as Riesling and few meals are as flavorful as the Thanksgiving Day feast.”—Clover Hill Winery

Crossing Vineyards: Try their unique version of the Beaujolais Nouveau called "Le Nouveau”. “Le Nouveau is made from estate grown Chambourcin grapes and is a perfect complement to Thanksgiving turkey with all the trimmings.”—Chris Carroll, Crossing Vineyards

Cullari Vineyards: Try their Riesling with the dinner, followed by Pomegranate Slash paired with Pumpkin Pie for dessert.

Hunters Valley Winery: Try their Vidal Blanc.

Laurel Mountain Winery: Try their Mountain Mist, a fruity, semi sweet white that pairs well with chicken or turkey.

Mount Nittany Winery: Try their Geisenheim (white) and Syrah (red).

Nissley Vineyards: “The Nissley family's key to successfully pairing wine with the traditional turkey dinner is to serve at least two wines: Cabernet Franc, a dry light-bodied red wine for the wine experienced Aunts and Uncles; and Candlelight, a semi-dry pale rosé wine for the less experienced nieces and nephews. Children join in with fruit juice served in sturdy stemmed glassware.”—Judy Nissley, Nissley Vineyards

Oak Spring Winery: Try their Cranberry Wine (made from 100% cranberries). Their motto is “Why buy cranberry sauce when you can get cranberry sauced?”—Scott Schraff, Oak Spring Winery

Paradocx Vineyard: Try their Old Stone Vineyard Chardonnay 2007, Whitewash Can, Vidal Blanc 2009, Sangiovese 2006, Barn Red Can and Chambourcin 2008.

Rose Bank Winery: Try their Cranberry or Pomegranate wine.

Seven Mountains Wine Cellars: Try their Cranberry Wine, sweet up front with the tartness of the cranberries at the finish. “Once you try this pairing you'll never go back”.—Maryann Bubb, Seven Mountains Wine Cellars (Also try their Traminette!)

Shade Mountain Vineyards: Try their semi-sweet Cranberry wine. It's made from 100% cranberries, ends with a bit of tartness and it's extremely refreshing.

Sorrenti’s Cherry Valley Vineyards: Try their Cranberry Blush, featuring cranberries blended with white grapes.

Stargazers Vineyard: Try their Dornfelder. “You can't get any more special than that!”—John Weygandt, Stargazers Vineyard

Stonkeep Meadery: Our Elderberry Melomel or our Traditional Honey Mead both go very well with Turkey. Elderberry is for those that like a flavorful and slightly earthy wine to go with a meal and Traditional Mead is for someone who likes something a little sweeter. “If the Vikings had turkey they would have been drinking mead."—Sheree Krasley, Stone Keep Meadery

Stone Villa Wine Cellars: Try their Padre’s Rose’. Its cranberry fruitiness and hint of tartness pair nicely with those holiday entrées such as turkey, ham and pork.
Vynecrest Winery: “Our 2010 Vintage Nouveau Beaujolais crafted from the Gamay Beaujolias grape is young, fresh and fruity, meant to be opened and enjoyed within six months. It pairs well with holiday turkey.”—Jan Landis, Vynecrest Winery

West Hanover Winery: Try their Blackberry Wine.

Winfield Winery: Try their Cranberry and Plum wines.

To sum this up, here’s some advice from Eric Miller of Chaddsford Winery—
Don’t forget, if there are enough people coming to dinner, you can satisfy everyone’s preference by serving more than one kind of wine!

Now that you know what wines you’ll be having with your meal we’re ready to tackle your next conundrum—what to do with the leftovers!! Thankfully, Vynecrest Winery submitted this recipe:
Skillet Turkey Barbeque
What to do with leftover Thanksgiving Turkey
2 lbs roasted turkey (shredded)
1 lg onion, diced 1 lg tomato, peeled & diced
3 cloves garlic 1 cup catsup
½ c vinegar ½ c Worcestershire sauce
½ c Vynecrest Nouveau Beaujolais
¼ c brown sugar Salt & pepper to taste
Saute onion/garlic five min. Add remaining ingredients and simmer ½ hr. Then add turkey and simmer additional ½. Works best in a cast iron skillet pan. Soon on hamburger buns or slider rolls. Serves 8-10.
 Happy Holidays from the Pennsylvania Winery Association!
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1 comment:

  1. I'm from Pennsylvania so I should be granted Pennsylvania wine status too!...Vellum 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon (Magnum if you can still get it...) is the clear choice for Thanksgiving Dinner!