Posted by: Thomson Vineyards | November 19, 2010

Talking Turkey ‘n Wine

The author of this post says I do this thing when I’m talking turkey…It generally involves leaning on a farm implement, hand on hip, one leg crossed over the other on toe tip, aviator sunglasses on. The Farmer calls them my “cop” glasses. Anyhow, I know that although I don’t strike the pose intentionally, I do it.

If it tastes good, drink it. If it looks good, eat it.

While one of my favorite pastimes is talking turkey, many of you are about to take part in two other great pastimes – football and gorging yourselves on turkey, stuffing, and pumpkin pie.

Bloggers all week have asked the question, “what wine pairs with Thanksgiving dinner?”

Tweets have gone out, Vlogs edited, The Spectator consulted and wine trivia played in the aisles of Trader Joe’s. Really though – all you need is a team and a flat screen and we’ll tell you exactly what you should be drinking.

Courtesy of the Infamous Winemaker here are three storied NFL franchises, rich in tradition on the field and at the Thanksgiving Table…and what wine to drink with them this Turkey Day:

Pittsburgh Steelers
Arguably the NFL’s best team, following up a run of Disco era dynastic success with a modern version of similar Super Bowl ways. And though on the surface it may appear a stretch, we’re pairing the Steel Curtain with stainless steel fermented and aged, unoaked Chardonnay. Like the Steelers, Chardonnay has a rich past and a present and future dominated by steely purity and food-friendly acidity. While Troy Polamalu patrols the Steelers secondary tackling opposing running backs by the dozens, more and more lucky Chardonnay grapes are finding themselves getting a caress of steel in pristine tank conditions.

San Francisco 49ers
During its heyday, the Niners were winning Super Bowls and leading the league in oaky, buttery Chardonnay consumption during civilized pre-game tailgates at Candlestick Park. And some still prefer this winemaker-dominated California version of Chardonnay – Rombauer’s sales numbers attest to this fact – and it will likely remain with us going forward. So, with that in mind, what do we pair with sometimes overoaked and diacetyl-laden Chardonnay? Your San Francisco 49ers of course. [ed.’s note #1: in the interest of full disclosure, your humble narrator is a diehard and long-suffering – of late – Raiders fan. ed.’s note #2: at the time of this posting he’s not suffering as badly with a 5-4 record]

Green Bay Packers
While grapes don’t grow well on the frozen tundra of Lambeau Field, fervent fans sure do. And while Packers fans have a love-hate relationship with #4, aka the Gunslinger, aka Brett Fav-re these days, they remain proud Cheeseheads. So what is one of the coolest cheese and wine pairings? We’ll leave the obvious bratwurst and beer thing alone and instead focus on Wisconsin cheese curds – once available only to the lucky residents of Appleton and surrounding areas and now [through the miracle of modern packaging and refrigeration] within reach of the rest of us. Go ahead, bite it, squeak it, try it…plain, salted cheese curds with a nice Huet Vouvray or Domaine Tempier Rose’…while watching the Packers on a 60” HDTV!


Well folks, there you have it. Now that you’ve got a game plan, why don’t you share what you’ll be pouring at the Thanksgiving table or in front of the TV?

As per my usual Renegade and Black Sheep of the Family Style I’ll either be drinking recently bottled and un-labeled ’09 Thomson Vineyards Pinot Noir if I make it to the table this year…or most likely a frosty Sierra Nevada after hitting the slopes in Tahoe with my Triple Whammy Season Pass.

Either way, my allegiances lie with the BCS so be sure to visit Hang Time In Overtime for what wine to drink when tuning in to real football.

Happy Holidays!


  1. Nicely done. Actually a great year to be a Raiders fan as opposed to that team across the Bay…

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