Giving Thanks

In the United States today is the start of what many call the “feasting season.” Yes, it’s the holiday many people gather to give thanks, but it is also a huge food event.

Each region in the country interprets the traditional thanksgiving meal different. In the south where I’m from we call a dish made of baked bread and herbs, dressing, where as on the east coast they call it stuffing.

Thanksgiving is one of the busiest of the holiday season. It’s a time when more people travel than any other time of the year. It’s also when we celebrate friendships as being part of the family instead of separate entities. Although this day conjures up memories both good and bad for many people, the thought is if you can celebrate and be thankful you should. So many people aren’t fortunate enough to do so.  Thanksgiving is also the perfect time to pair wine. The meals consist of a variety of dishes from old favorites to new recipes to spring on guests. It’s also a time when wine pairing is vital. Many people think just because the food is heavier the wine needs to be heavy as well. In my opinion, I prefer lighter wines. This is why Moscato d’Asti is great for thanksgiving.

Most thanksgiving meals consist of savory and sweet dishes and thanksgiving is no exception. Moscato d’Asti pairs well with both. Herbs such as sage, thyme, and marjoram are front and center and the sweetness and fruit characteristics work well together. These herbs are key component of the turkey and dressing. Traditional sides of green beans, collard greens, macaroni and cheese are all quintessential American thanksgiving dishes and Moscato d’Asti works with them all. It is a given Moscato d’Asti pairs with sweet potato and apple pies. As a thanksgiving wine, Moscato d’Asti is an essential part of a day dedicated to being thankful.

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Julia Coney
Julia Coney is a Washington, D.C.-based wine, travel, food, and lifestyle journalist. She has written for Wine Enthusiast and Tasting Table among other publications. She is passionate about wine as a lifestyle, travel, interesting people, books and finding the elusive story of wine in her glass. She has judged wine competitions globally and has written at for over 10 years. You can find her living life to the fullest on all social media @JuliaConey, but her favorite platform is Instagram.


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