Celebrate Thanksgiving with Northern Michigan Wine Pairings from Chateau Chantal on Old Mission Peninsula. Thanksgiving presents a unique opportunity to showcase Northern Michigan local wines which offer flexibility in flavor, great taste, and a range everyone will appreciate to best pair with the wide array of tastes presented on a traditional Thanksgiving table.
A dry blend of 47% Riesling, 45% Chardonnay, 8% Gewurztraminer, this Blanc de Blanc is crisp, fresh and elegant with beautiful fruit notes to wet the whistle before the big meal. With a bright fruity nose and some minerality, it stays fresh and light. Hints of pear and honey-crisp apple mingle with the tongue-coating creaminess.
This stainless steel fermented Chardonnay is fresh and crisp, with a nose of lemon and lime, apple, grapefruit and minerality. It’s a wonderful drinking Chardonnay that won’t wear out your palate, and is not too heavy. It should complement the turkey as the fresh acidity acts as a counterpart to the richness in the meal.
This Riesling expresses mineral notes of flint, slate, and steel with fruit characters of lime, grapefruit, and Granny Smith apple. The acid structure and hint of sweetness makes this wine very food friendly and easily pared with the wealth of rich side dishes on the Thanksgiving table.
For turkey with gravy, you want a red wine that's fresh and elegant, with a bit of cherry or cranberry fruit to complement the meal. This light-bodied Michigan Pinot brings a delicate touch of strawberry and cherry to a lightly oaked spice character.
From a warm vintage year, this Reserve Pinot Noir offers more depth, richness and tannins while freshening up the meal so you can eat a little more. A dark fruit bouquet of plums, cherries, and strawberries opens with layers of spicy oak. Double Gold, 2013 Michigan Wine Competition.
Chateau Chantal “Cinq à Sept” Oak Aged Brandy, $40/750ml/40% alc.
Distilled from a fermented Old Mission Peninsula grapes blend on location at Chateau Chantal, this Brandy spent five years mellowing in a French oak barrel, gaining a golden color and rich caramel flavor. Displaying notes of honey, spice, and butterscotch, this sipper is best served in a Brandy snifter, or other wide bottomed glass to promote the release of the fine aromas. Serve at room temperature or over ice to accompany your dessert, or as a digestive after the Thanksgiving meal. Available from the winery or in Chicago only (312-952-1620 for Chicagoland information).
Northern Michigan Winery Recipe for Thanksgiving, pair with Chateau Chantal Chardonnay: