Thanksgiving should also be stress-free. I know some of you are a little worked up over the complexity of the meal or whether or not the Turkey (Tofurkey?) will pass muster with Mom. Please, relax. Take a deep breath. Ask for a hand from a friend, spouse or child. Have some wine. This holiday is for all of us and that includes you.
So, what kind of wine is suitable to the Thanksgiving table? Well, there’s good news and bad news. The bad news is that most Thanksgiving dinners are an assembly of so many different flavors and textures and weights of yummy things that no single wine will pair wonderfully with every item on the table. Here’s the good news:
The captain has turned off the wine snobbery sign. You are now free to move about the wine section.
Seriously. This is the time to bring whatever wine you wish to the table. It’s your event. Drink what you like. Have 3-4 kinds of wine if the gathering is large and everyone will find something they like. Most of what you select will work with most of the food. Some things won’t work so well. Watch the faces of other people as they try the White Zinfandel with the corn salad, or the Cotes du Rhone with the cranberry sauce. If you see a pucker across the table, you know that’s not a good match. Then you try the Cotes du Rhone with the corn salad and the White Zinfandel with the cranberry sauce. Maybe that will work. Just have fun with it. It’s your holiday, your food, your wine, your taste buds, your friends, your family, and your nap.
Below are a few recommendations for wines that you can find at Bloomingfoods on East Third Street and on West Sixth Street. These wines are recommended for their excellent value and their general food-friendliness. If any part of a description sounds snobbish or pretentious, it is not the fault of the wine. Rather it is the fault of the scribe (old habits die hard). Have a happy Thanksgiving!
An Editorial by Bloomingfoods Members Services Director, Jean Kautt
I guess it is, if you buy out of season produce or gourmet meats and cheeses frequently. But it’s also true that in the last 25 years, American families have spent less and less of their incomes on food as a percentage of income: from 22% to 11%. Our food supply has certainly gotten cheaper as time has gone by, but the quality of most of it has gotten worse.
In my home, we don’t all have cell phones, there’s no cable TV, and no car payment, but my daughters have a horse of their own, and we eat good food. The girls are rarely ill, make good grades, and generally get along well in the world and with each other. I’ve noticed that the more I pay attention to making sure they have good food to eat, the better things seem to be all around.
I spend $500-600 a month on food for my family of four. There is no non-food in that number, such as shampoo, laundry soap, or paper products. I shop almost entirely at Bloomingfoods, buy everything I can at the Farmers Market year round, and very occasionally have to stop for one item at another store. Two of my three daughters take their lunches to school, but the amount I spend includes one daughter’s school lunches and all meals eaten away from home (often at Bloomingfoods, too).
Frankly, I think feeding my family for less than $5 a day per person is cheap! In my opinion, eating good food is the gateway to all health and well-being- it is a priority.