Far and away my favorite U.S. holiday.
I used to have a great deal of difficulty explaining Thanksgiving to my European and International friends. That is, until one day when, out of complete frustration during a conversation about Thanksgiving with a buddy of mine in the UK, I exclaimed:
"Look - it's two days where Americans don't have to work, don't have to buy gifts for each other, where we get to sit around, eat, and watch American football; why wouldn't it be our favorite holiday!?!"
That seemed to get through to them relatively easily, so it's become my default explanation about Thanksgiving to non-U.S. citizens since that day.
The only thing that I don't like about this greatest of all American holidays is having to give Thanksgiving meal wine pairing recommendations. That's because I find it largely impossible, and ultimately pointless.
Most Thanksgiving celebrations are a recipe for wine disaster: a massive variety of food; side items that totally overpower the main courses with their richness, sugar content, and robust flavors; a large group of people spanning several generations and all with different wine drinking preferences.
Search for "Thanksgiving wine pairings" on Google and you will get almost 1.2 million hits.
Good luck with that...
Because given the complex and unique situation that is the traditional U.S. Thanksgiving dinner, and you have a strong argument for all of them being 'right'. The answer is simple: drink what you like!
So, rather than telling you what you ought to drink on this coming Turkey Day, I thought it would be fun for you to tell me (and all of the 1WineDude.com readers!) what you're drinking at this year's Thanksgiving dinner table!
Take the poll below and let us know!
Looking forward to seeing what you're imbibing to make your relatives a bit easier to bear with turkey dinner this year!
Cheers (and Happy Thanksgiving)!
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