There are several places to turn to for that idyllic turkey with stuffing, cranberry dressing and yummy pumpkin pie. Publix, Fresh Market and Whole Foods all offer Thanksgiving meals you can order over the phone or online and pick up at your designated time. Luckie B’s in St. Pete and FlameStone Grille in Oldsmar also offer a Thanksgiving answer to the kitchen challenged.
Wherever your holiday spread comes from, make sure you have the perfect bottle of wine to pair.
Villa Maria Estate Cellar Selection Dry Riesling ($22) — Notice the word “dry.” This wine isn’t your regular sweet Riesling. Instead you get clean mineral flavors with a hint of grapefruit. The wine’s citrusy and refreshing finish makes it perfect for when you want to taste the food and not have it masked by a sugar-coated mouth. This wine brings all the varying food flavors from earthy to tart to creamy together.
Educated Guess 2010 Napa Valley Chardonnay ($17) — There’s almost no guesswork with this wine; it’s an easy chill, pop open and serve. The grapes are from Napa Valley with a 50/50 fermentation split between stainless steel and oak barrels. This means the wine has depth without that “biting on a #2 pencil” flavor. The real deal for those who skew vegetarian and like to eat the sides first.
Terra d’Oro Amador County 2009 Zinfandel ($16) — Give that holiday meal a little kick start with this Zinfandel. Rich dark fruit and savory pie spices make this wine a quintessential pairing for the bounty that graces the table. The wine has a dash of Petite Sirah, a pinch of Teroldego and a smidgeon of Barbera. Zesty and full-bodied this wine isn’t just for the bird; it also works with a ham or roast.
Anna de Codorníu Brut NV Cava ($15) — Thanksgiving needs two things: football and dessert. While clicking through the games get a plateful of apple, pecan and pumpkin pie and pour a glass of Codorníu bubbly. Two birds with one stone: you get to toast your team at the same time that you enjoy one of the best wine and dessert pairings that you will ever experience.