Between the aromas of pumpkin spice, the warm conversation of family and friends, and the majestic feeling of autumn, Thanksgiving truly is a special holiday. This year, whether you’re celebrating with an intimate gathering or a large family affair, make it one to remember with a festive pie and wine pairing.
Although the main feast can often steal the culinary show, a dessert table spread with pie and wine is the ideal way to end the day. From pumpkin to chocolate, rosé to bubbles, we’re diving into a selection of delicious pairings for every kind of pie and wine lover.
1. Pumpkin Pie and Sonoma Coast Reserve Chardonnay
A good old-fashioned pumpkin pie commonly is filled with flavors of nutmeg, cinnamon, and vanilla, which blend beautifully with the bold and enticing flavors of our elegant Sonoma Coast Reserve Chardonnay. For an extra rich tidbit to complement the flavors, top your pie with homemade cardamom whipped cream—a zesty yet sweet addition to your Thanksgiving dessert table.
2. Apple Pie and Thankful for You Sparkling Brut
Our Thankful for You Sparkling Brut abounds with a nose of freshly baked brioche and flavors of white pear on the palate. Its crisp acidity makes it the perfect pairing alongside a mostly sweet but little-bit-sour classic apple pie. Plus, the crispness of the bubbles will help cut through the pie’s buttery crust! To enhance the apple flavors of your pairing, add a splash of apple cider to your flute alongside your bubbles.
3. Cherry Pie and El Dorado Reserve Rosé
A fruit-forward pie, like a cherry pie, might not be your first inclination when it comes to Thanksgiving dessert. But its strong fruit notes work well to delight the taste buds at the end of a long, savory meal. A blend of Grenache, Mourvedre, and Counoise, our El Dorado Reserve Rosé works wonderfully with all things stone fruit—cherries included. The wine is filled with complex aromatics of stone fruit, citrus, spice, and hints of pine resin, which offers a palate full of tension and a seamless finish for your holiday gathering.
4. Pecan Pie and Amador County Zinfandel
Aged for 10 months in French and American Oak, our new Amador County Zinfandel (launching 11/17) bursts with sensational flavors of black raspberry, tart cherry, vanilla, and spice. The grapes come from the highly acclaimed Shake Ridge Vineyard, an organically farmed ranch in Amador County, a region that’s renowned for its high-quality Zinfandel. This elevated and full-bodied wine is perfect for an elegant affair and pairs well with a slice of nutty, rich, and caramelized pecan pie. There are a wide variety of pecan pie variations out there, but rest assured, this Zinfandel will work beautifully with them all.
5. Chocolate Cream Pie and Vintner Collection California Red Blend
Our Vintner Collection California Red Blend is big and bold with complex berries and cocoa aromas. It’s full of depth and richness like dense chocolate cake, making it a strong choice alongside a chocolate cream pie. Although your mind might not initially drift to chocolate cream pie for your Thanksgiving dessert table, there’s always a chocolate lover in the crowd, and this award-winning pairing promises to please.
6. Berry Pie and Hospitality Collection Cabernet Sauvignon
Although berry pie often conjures visions of a summertime barbecue, it’s becoming more and more common as a Thanksgiving dessert. It’s a delicious end to an indulgent meal and with its berry sweetness, it begs for a rich Cabernet Sauvignon. Our Hospitality Collection Cabernet Sauvignon is filled with dark berry, violet, and plum aromas with hints of chocolate. The palate is bold and complex with a sumptuous finish, making it the ideal accompaniment to a sublime slice of berry pie. Blueberry, blackberry marionberry, mixed berry—the choice is yours.
7. Key Lime Cream Pie and Vintner Collection California Sauvignon Blanc
Cut through the richness of a Thanksgiving feast and end the night on a fresh and flavor-filled note with a citrus pie and a crisp glass of white. When pairing that citrus pie, go for our Vintner Collection Sauvignon Blanc, delightfully tangy and fresh with plenty of bright tropical notes and citrus-forward flavors. It’s ideal alongside a slice of key lime (or lemon) pie, particularly when the pie has a hint of creaminess to balance out all the citrus.
8. Strawberry Rhubarb Pie and Italian Prosecco
A festive Thanksgiving dessert, strawberry rhubarb pie looks lovely sitting on the dessert table (and tastes lovely, too). A tantalizing balance of sweet-meets-tart, this pie pairs well with the bubbles of our Italian Prosecco Millesimato DOC Brut. This balanced and fruity Prosecco is made from Glera grapes and offers pleasing aromas of fresh pear and hints of apple with a touch of sweetness.
Ready to get pie-pairing? Order your wines today and start preparing for your sweet dessert feast! From all of us at ONEHOPE, happy holidays!