Ohh, Turkey Day!!! I'm beyond obsessed with this ultimate feast and the ever-swelling gathering of family and friends crammed into a too-tiny, hectic and utterly delicious-smelling kitchen. I adore the sight of hands everywhere eager to help prepare, stories being shared and everyone sitting down together to a veritable smorgasbord. And while this uniquely American holiday's history has given us a fairly good idea of what to eat, the question of what to drink is perhaps not so easily answered.
To start, let's get one thing out of the way! There's not a "right" or a "wrong" wine to slam with your pie, but there are wines that just might be more likely send you to sensory elation. So, where to start?
Zinfandel could very well be the #1 All-American Thanksgiving wine choice given that it was once the most planted variety in California (prior to the Prohibition era). Here’s how this wine will behave when paired with food:
Pinot Noir is the fine-wine lover’s #1 pick for Thanksgiving, which is due (in large part) to the grape’s prestigious pedigree tracing back to Burgundy, France.
Rosé or Blanc de Noirs Champagne
This is a sommelier’s must-have wine for Thanksgiving because, for a somm, you can’t really start a meal without a splash of something sparkling wine. Here’s why:
One of the most aromatics of whites, Riesling meets the big flavors of the day with a bushelful of fruit. And as whites go, the variety is also deceptively mouth-filling and braced with acidity, giving it the wherewithal to keep up with everything from the sweet potatoes to the sausage in the dressing. And in this case, a touch of sweetness in the wine is your friend.
This past Saturday we took a 45 minute trip up to Sheridan, NY to visit Liberty Vineyards & Winery. It’s crazy that I live ridiculously close to the Lake Erie Wine Country and yet never get up to the wineries.
This is only the second local Winery I have had the pleasure of visiting since my husband is an anti-drinker and I rarely get invited anywhere. Unfortunately my invites either get lost in the mail or I’m just not anyone’s favorite person here in NY -_-
Liberty Vineyards & Winery was named 2016 NY State winery of the year by the New York Wine & Grape Foundation, so I was pretty excited to see what all the hype was about! I always spot Liberty Vineyards & Winery bottles at the liquor stores since the bottle designs are definitely on the chic design side, so Saturday was my chance to see if I should be adding any of these bottles to my wine rack!
About Liberty Vineyards & Winery
Liberty Vineyards & Winery is family owned and committed to producing award-winning wines for every palate. Liberty Vineyards & Winery wines are made from locally-grown grapes, most of them from the Burmaster family’s own vineyards–some of which have been in the family since the 1860s. Growing their own grapes ensures quality through each step of the wine-making process, something very important to the Burmaster family and Liberty Vineyards & Winery staff, who truly believe that Great Vines Make Great Wines! Named 2016 “Winery of the Year” by the New York Wine & Grape Foundation.
Liberty Vineyards is located in Western New York, in Chautauqua County. Liberty Vineyards & Winery is in Sheridan, New York, near Fredonia, Dunkirk and Silver Creek. It is located in the heart of Lake Erie Wine Country, formerly the Chautauqua-Lake Erie Wine Trail.
Open Monday-Saturday 10-6
Click here for additional information about tastings.
Tastings cost $2 a person & you get to choose the 6 Liberty Vineyards & Winery wines you would like to try. I’m a red wine lover and the weather was reaching 80 degrees Saturday afternoon, so I was all about the sweet reds. It’s not very often we get warm days during the fall here in Western New York, so I was pretending it was summer all day long! Sweet reds to drink and rocking a maxi dress.
One of my favorite wines I had the pleasure of trying Saturday afternoon was Liberty Vineyards & Winery Purple Haze.
This sweet, fruity wine is great with chicken wings, hamburgers, and snack foods & will cost you $9.99.
DOUBLE GOLD – 2016 Florida State Fair International Wine Competition
Another favorite was Liberty Vineyards & Winery Cool Cat. I’m all about dessert wines, so I was pretty stoked to get to sip on one.
Made from grapes harvested in December, this wine has strawberry, cranberry and watermelon notes. It is great served with fresh fruit, cheese or dessert. The pest part is it will only cost you around $14.99/ 375ml bottle! If you’re a dessert wine fan, you know this is a bargain.
SILVER – 2017 Florida State Fair International Wine Competition
Harvest Carriage Rides
The main reason we chose this past Saturday to visit Liberty Vineyards & Winery was for their Harvest Carriage Rides they offer weekends in the fall. We got to enjoy a horse-drawn wagon ride through the vineyards. Our guide happened to be the owner of Liberty Vineyards & Winery himself and he showed us several varieties of grapes they had on their farm and told us a bit about how their award-winning wines are made.
Included in the Harvest Carriage Ride was a special wine tasting. Their was about a 30 minute wait for the Harvest Carriage Rides, so we had our special tasting before the ride rather than after.
$5 for adults (21+ includes tour and special tasting of two wines)
$3 for children (under 21–includes tour and grape juice).
2861 US Route 20
Have you had the chance to visit any of the Lake Erie Wine Country Wineries? Do you have any wineries local to you? I would love to hear about them in the comments section below!
CourtneyLynne is former model turned mommy & wifey! When not blogging all things foodie, fashion, travel, mom life & straight up fabulousness to the masses, she can be found chasing her toddler around in 6in stilettos & laughing at her own jokes her glass of wine told her to tell.