Wine & Food Pairings for Thanksgiving 2020

Hello Glinda fans,

As we enter the season of all things eating and drinking, I am reminded that although this year’s gathering may look different, the spirit of celebration remains the same. And let’s be honest -- smaller gatherings mean purchasing the same amount of wine as usual and hoarding more of the leftovers.

I am sure most of you have decided what you are cooking for tomorrow, but if you haven’t, listed below is what’s going down in my kitchen + what we, at Glinda, think would pair nicely with each dish.

Thank you for supporting this new business as we all navigate our way through the pandemic. Cheers to 2021, a new administration, and any excuse to drink natural wine.

Sincerely,
Kari Brunson

Dry Brined Turkey

To be honest, we sort of dislike turkey at our house. But, my Mother requested it, and so I will be dusting off my roasting pan after 12 years and dry brining a 13 pound bird with this recipe written by my friend Holly Erickson.

Les Errances "Cartouche" 2019

$20.99

We're not sure if any French bistros serve turkey, but if they did you'd be happy to have this wine in your glass to accompany it. Tons of brambly fruit from the Grolleau and a snappy, herbal component coming from the Cabernet Franc. Santé turkeys.

Cornbread and Sausage Stuffing

This dish looked amazing to me, and as a southern girl, it was an excuse to make my own cornbread -- a favorite pastime in itself. I will also be adding kale as well. Side note: do you say Dressing or Stuffing?

Agori Red 2020

$33.00

A wine so delicate and nice you'd have a hard time believing it came from the year 2020. Red berries and spice lead to a Ricola-esque herbal finish that you don't want to end. Unlike this year.

Root Vegetable Gratin

A ubiquitous dish for us each Winter and an excuse to use all the weird root vegetables in our Local Roots Farm CSA, like celeriac. Feel free to get real wild with substitutions!

iruai Arcana 2019

$25.00

Savagnin is the distinctive white grape of the Jura region of France, and it clearly is well-suited to the sub-alpine slopes of Northern California as well. Bright acidity and rockiness meld with notes of tropical fruit and alpine herbs to become a gastronomic delight.

Green Beans and Fried Shallots

A controversial statement, but as a new mother, I *do think* you should eat something semi-crunchy this week. This Green Beans and Greens with Fried Shallot recipe (behind NYT paywall, sorry!) is a fresh take on everyone’s favorite green bean casserole.

Fleurie ‘Clos de la Grand'Cour’ 2019

$39.00

This Gamay from Beaujolais legend, Jean-Louis Dutraive, comes from the family's "Clos" vineyard, which means it's walled in. Kind of like all of us right now. The difference being that these vines are thriving in their environment. Consumption of this wine may lead to an improvement of your "walled in" state, though.

Dessert

We are having this Apple Galette and Pumpkin Pecan pie with Frankie & Jo’s (duh). Glinda recommends a Pet Nat with this, and I approve of this recommendation because it pairs well the next day with a leftover slice of pie -- that is, if you didn't drink it the night before.

Fruit Zone Pet Nat 2019

$33.00

These joyous bubbles are happy to pair with any part of your holiday feast. From snacks, to stuffing and even dessert, this 100% Chardonnay pet-nat delights with ample fruit, minerality, and cleansing acidity.