Monday, November 12, 2012

Roast Turkey with Fried Sage and Pecans with J's Jewell Ranch Chardonnay

We love that home chefs aren't necessarily sticking to the traditional Thanksgiving dinner menu these days — coming up with interesting new interpretations or introducing completely new traditions instead. Over the next week or so, we'll be highlighting some of the more interesting Thanksgiving Day recipes we're seeing out there and highlighting some great J wine pairings for each. 

Roast Turkey with Fried Sage and Pecans with J's Jewell Ranch Chardonnay. Flavors of clean, vibrant pineapple, Meyer lemon, and lime make our Jewell Ranch Chard the perfect Thanksgiving Day white wine, both for its festive flavor profile and a clean, bright acidity that cuts the richness of holiday dishes like Food & Wine's delicious preparation of roast turkey with fried sage and pecans. We love the way the fragrant lemon characters and dry finish of this wine balance the sweetness of the pecans in this dish, but the Jewell Ranch would be great with a more traditional holiday turkey preparation as well. 

Chilled Oysters with Apple-Ginger Mignonette and J Vintage Brut. Oysters, of course, are a magnificent way to start any meal but this zesty apple-ginger mignonette from Martha Stewart adds a cheerful holiday influence to the tradition. This mignonette is absolutely delicious on Kumamotos and paired with and our J Vintage Brut, which has yeasty, brioche and butterscotch aromas and flavors of toasted almond and pear.

Stuffed Leg of Lamb with J's Nicole's Vineyard Pinot Noir. Mediterranean influences have been popping up on menus everywhere lately, which has some home chefs abandoning the turkey and ham altogether this Thanksgiving in favor of dishes like this stuffed leg of lamb from Our Nicole's Vineyard Pinot Noir is absolutely delicious with this dish. It has elegant spices, cherry compote, and a touch of earthiness wrapped in a toasty caramel and vanilla finish, so it has that rich, holiday tapestry of flavors you want for a winter feast of any kind.

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