by Beth Heiserman, Reyes Winery
Every year before Thanksgiving, I generally give suggestions as to what wines pair with our turkey dinner, yet this year I have chosen not to. I have decided to a pairing with the leftovers. Every time we prepare and cook dinner, we seem to make more than two of us can eat, therefore we have leftovers. Thanksgiving is notoriously known that we seem to have an abundance of leftovers. A few years ago, I remember when my mom made Thanksgiving dinner, she decided to purchase a 14lb bird. That amount generally feeds about 10 people, yet there were just three of us. My mother learned that from my grandmother who couldn’t decide how many pies to buy one year for 12 of us and chose to get 8. I guess, I am not too far behind them.
For breakfast or brunch, I would suggest 2010 Syrah to enjoy with a brunch quiche that has shredded turkey, dried cranberries and leftover dressing. Even a frittata with turkey and butternut squash, turkey and sweet potato hash casserole or biscuits and turkey gravy.
For lunch, one of my favorite leftovers is a turkey sandwich with cranberry sauce and cream cheese. It is best when the bread is toasted, and the cream cheese starts to melt a bit. My other is a roll up that has turkey, stuffing, cranberries and gravy as the dipping sauce. Reyes 2010 Syrah will compliment well with these two sandwiches.
A pot pie with turkey and vegetables with rosemary, thyme and sage is another great dish to make from leftovers. Savory bread pudding prepared from leftover stuffing, turkey and maybe adding fresh spinach and mushrooms can be quite tasty too. Many casseroles can be baked with leftovers and fresh vegetables and no one will notice they were even leftovers to begin with.
The 2010 Syrah is the perfect wine to pair with turkey. It has aromas of fresh raspberries, plums, dark chocolate and a taste of smoky berries. The delicious wine has won silver medal at the 2012 Los Angeles International Wine Competition and the 2013 San Diego County Fair Commercial Wine Competition. Plus, bronze medals at the 2012 San Francisco International Wine Competition, O.C. Fair Commercial Wine Competition, and the 2013 Sunset International Wine Competition.
Coming up, I will be having an event, “Thanksgiving Leftover Tasting” on November 30th. Reyes 2010 Syrah will be featured for this tasting event. Have a Happy Thanksgiving and hope to see you soon.