The decisions on what the trimmings and trappings of a turkey dinner will be, to many people, are just as important as the turkey itself. Determining with whom and where to eat can also cause undue anxiety. One thing you won’t have to stress over, however, is what wine to pair with the bird you’ll be dining on, because in Texas Hill Country, there’s a wine for that!
Begin by determining how the fowl feast will be cooked. If it’s traditional, more than likely it’s going to be roasted. Other options of course are deep-fried or smoked. And the chance that your turkey will turn out dry becomes exponential if an over-zealous family dinner host newbie puts the bird in too early! Just know that for each style of cooking, there is an equally delicious end-result, but one that varies greatly from the other in taste and texture. So that was easy, right? Next we consider the easy rule of thumb: white wine with white meat and red wine with red. It’s a good rule to have, but in the wine world, rules can be broken. There can be quite a few delicious exceptions and these merely tasteful suggestions are only a sampling of what Hill Country wineries have to offer!
If your family is partial to oven-roasted, a good recommendation is a full-flavored Pinot Noir, so named due to the fact that its bunches resemble a pine cone in shape (‘pinot’ in French). This is THE red wine grape which has been embraced in regions around the world, including Texas Hill Country. It’s recognized as the paterfamilias of the Pinot family of grape, and in the Lonestar State, Sister Creek Vineyards in Boerne is where it’s at! Experience this delicious drink in all its glory at Sister Creek’s restored 1885 cotton gin setting. Featuring nutmeg and cherry-like aromas, with raspberry, cinnamon, vanilla and toast flavors; this wine is guaranteed to be smooth, handsome and reasonable – unlike the date you brought to last year’s Thanksgiving dinner!
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