Hi everyone! It's Andrea Folino and I'm so excited to share our beautiful styled Thanksgiving shoot in our vineyard! We'd love to be a part of your table this year with our great variety of wines. Read on to find out which of our wines will pair perfectly with your Thanksgiving dinner and some other great ideas for the holiday!
A newcomer to the Folino Estate wine family, we're recommending Luca Forte as our 2017 Thanksgiving wine. A white burgundian blend of Chardonnay, Viognier, Marsanne & Roussanne it is our only full bodied white which means it can stand up to a variety of flavors your Thanksgiving dinner will feature. It also has a strong pear aroma, ideal for the Fall season!
Our 2016 Pinot Noir is another great option for turkey and all the great sides that go with it. Pinot Noir is traditionally a strong recommendation for Thanksgiving, mainly because it's a lighter red with gentle tannins and a bright acidity for marrying well with the entire meal, including turkey, cranberry sauce, sweet potatoes and a variety of vegetables. Serving it slightly chilled will help bring out the fruity flavor profile as well.
One of my favorite parts about hosting any dinner party is putting together an antipasti board. There are so many options of what to use, they pair so well with a variety of wines, it's easy to put together, and they look beautiful. Win win! I put together a Fall inspired board for the occasion, featuring a delicious pumpkin goat cheese, sunflower seeds, a variety of pumpkin seeds, pecans, fig & olive crostini, pumpkin crackers, and seasonal fruits like fresh apples, pear & figs.
Seasonal jams & jellies are a great option to add to an antipasti board, as well. Stonewall Kitchen is available in our Tasting Room and our picks for Fall are the Bourbon Pear Onion Jam and Orange Cranberry Marmalade.
Another easy, yet impressive idea for your guests is to put together a wine bar. Open a variety of wines and set out for your guests to try any or all they'd like! You can even add tasting notes for everyone to jot down their thoughts and compare with one another after the meal.
Stop in this weekend and speak with any of our wine educators in the Tasting Room who will be glad to recommend wines tailored to what you'll be serving. From all of us at Folino Estate, Happy Thanksgiving!
Check out more images below from our shoot!