Whether your favorite part of the Thanksgiving meal is the turkey or the
sweet potatoes, a good dry rosé will pair well with everything on
the table. // © Fredrika Stjärne
Here’s the deal with Thanksgiving. You need a wine that goes with turkey (easy enough, turkeys don’t taste like anything). You need a wine that goes with stuffing, green beans, cranberry sauce, sweet potatoes with marshmallows melted on top (a concept I find revolting, personally, but what can I say?), creamed onions, mashed potatoes with gravy, brussels sprouts, you name it. And, because who wants to make more than one trip to the store for this crazy holiday, you need wine that goes with pizza, too, because pizza is the single most popular food for the night before Thanksgiving. And you need a wine that goes with leftover turkey sandwiches, turkey soup, and turkey casserole, because you certainly don’t want to go to the store the day after Thanksgiving—you’re going to be way too busy hitting the mall and fighting the Black Friday masses for that super-cyclonic, dog-hair-eradicating, jet-propelled vacuum cleaner that’s 50% off to the first 400 people only! And good luck to you with that, because you’re definitely going to need it.
To put it more briefly, what you need is a wine that goes with everything.
That’s a dry rosé. It’s got acidity, it’s got fruit. Chill it down, it’s refreshing. It’s not too big, it’s not too small; as Goldilocks would say, if she were old enough to drink, it’s just right. And if any of your family members object to a pink wine at this meal, just shrug and snarl, “Hey, buddy, rosé was good enough for the Pilgrims, wasn’t it?” Then walk off. That ought to confuse them sufficiently.