On the Table: Turkey & Wine with Anthony Giglio

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Settling on a wine strategy for your Thanksgiving holiday might be a bit difficult given the array of flavors, meats and sweets being served. Whether you’re looking to pick up a last-minute host gift or to just add to your own holiday cabinet, wine and spirits expert Anthony Giglio has you covered with this hit list of Thanksgiving-ready bottles. From whites to reds, there is something for all palates!

Austin FOOD & WINE Festival: As a distinguished connoisseur, you possess a vault of valuable wine knowledge. What are the top 5 wines you’d recommend to someone looking to pick a quick bottle for their Thanksgiving meal?

“What to pour with the biggest meal of the year? White or red with turkey? A white wine for the white meat and a red wine for the legs and thighs? And what wine goes with that savory stuffing?

While I typically tell people that any wine on the table is better than no wine on the table, the easiest approach is to consider the weight of the food and the weight of the wine, and how they’ll either complement or contrast each other. With a typical Thanksgiving dinner the weight of the meal is both obvious (turkey, stuffing, candied yams, etc.) and subtle (appetizers running the gamut from pigs-in-a-blanket to baked brie), so depending on how many wines you want to pour you should consider wines that are universally great with a wide range of foods.

Which are they? Those that are light, fruity and, above all, acidic. Think of acidity as the great refresher in wine; it makes your mouth water and clears your palate, recharging your taste buds for the next delicious bite. Here are five wines I found at Austin Wine Merchant that would fit nicely in your glass.”

— Anthony Giglio (@WineWiseGuy | Facebook)

Anthony Giglio’s Top 5 Thanksgiving Wines

2010 Trimbach Riesling | Alsace, France $18.75 Perfect white to kick off the festivities. Think: grapefruit zest, quince paste and fresh almonds.

2010 M. Chapoutier Côtes‑du‑Rhône “Belleruche” | Rhône, France $11.25 Turkey-friendly Grenache with a splash of spicy Syrah. Think cherry, berry and earthy.

2009 Zenato Valpolicella Classico Superiore | Veneto, Italy $14.99 Same grapes as hearty Amarone, but lighter and more versatile. Think: wild berries, spicy currant and black cherry.

Marietta Cellars Old Vine Red Lot Number 57 | California $10.99 All-American Zinfandel (plus Petite Sirah and Carignane) is perfect with Turkey. Think: blackberry, violets, and spiced plum.

2009 Quinta de Roriz “Prazo de Roriz” | Douro, Portugal $14.99 Rustic, funky, edgy red that can stand up to everything on the table. Think: red berries, sweet spices and mouthwatering black fruit.

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