I asked the lovely Martine of Africa Gourmet for her recommendations for wine to serve with la dinde at Thanksgiving. As always, her expertise went beyond what I had even hoped! Too good to keep just for myself, I am sharing her suggestions with you…
It’s a great idea to marry wines with your Thanksgiving holiday kitchen! The firmness of turkey works well with elegant and acidulous wines, and these won’t accentuate any toughness or dryness in the meat. Whether white or red, the first quality we look for in the wine will be its ability to refresh and relax the meat. Long, persistent, luscious and refreshing.”
Africa Gourmet suggests the following vins de propriétaire for your Thanksgiving holiday meal:
White wines that are fleshy, lining the mouth and ample
-JURA, DOMAINE DE MONTBOURGEAU-L’ETOILE 2015
Magnificent Chardonnay with notes of yellow fruits and pastry, with a beautiful creaminess, scale and energy.
-JURA, VICTOR RICHARD – CÔTES DU JURA, LE DEFEND
Dry white wine, fine and fruity. This blend of Chardonnay and Savagnin (yellow wine grape) makes for a more powerful and robust wine. It will showcase your poultry when served at 15° – 16°.
-RHONE, VOGE – SAINT PERAY FLEUR DE CRUSSOL 2013, (organic)
Beautiful silky texture, it offers lots of golden fruit, lemon cream and dried herbs. A wine that will happily accompany grilled fish, fish in sauce and white meats such as turkey. Serve at 11°-12°.
Fine red wines, based on melted tannins
-LOIRE, DOMAINE CLO-AOP ANJOU 2015
Anjou Rouge is a wine with melted tannins and aromas of red fruits.
-LOIRE, ANGELIQUE LEO- CHINON 2014
A nose of ripe fruit and a beautiful vivacity characterizes this wine that will awaken your taste buds.
-BORDEAUX, CASSINI-BORDEAUX 2016 (organic)
Purity of the fruit, a supple and fresh wine. Very gourmet with a fine touch of blackberry confit.
-BOURGOGNE, LOUIS BOILLOT- VOLNAY LES GRANDS PEASOTS 2013
The volnay is a real seducer thanks to its light, fruity mouth feel. Fresh and light aromas, notes of raspberry and currant.
3 things to know about Africa Gourmet
1. They deliver!
2. Wine tastings are available for groups of 12 or more. (Highly recommended!)
3. They also have a location in Saly.
Located across from the Ngor Stadium.
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