What’s going on in Blaine, Minnesota on Thanksgiving 2014? Lots. Let’s start with a topic near and dear to my heart: FOOD! And then another topic I’m fond of: WINE!
Dining Out on Thanksgiving in Blaine
Instead of spending the evening of November 27th splattered with turkey grease and smelling of turkey smoke, if you’d rather be pampered , make reservations instead of dinner.
Now reservations at this point -- in Blaine at least -- are impossible. Most Blaine restaurants are closed. Carol’s of Blaine is open but completely booked for the traditional Thanksgiving meal, but they are happy to serve up their yummy pumpkin pancakes that morning.
So, gather up the family and head out for a good old Minnesota downhome Thanksgiving breakfast at Carols. Just get there between 7 a.m. and 11 a.m.
Turkey at Home in Blaine
Ok, so you’d rather do the cooking. A friend of ours gave us a Turkey recipe that is so easy and so downright delicious you won’t believe it. We shared the recipe here.
Hey, what kind of wine will you be serving with Thanksgiving dinner? Our friends at Tournament Liquor (thanks Darrin!) were kind enough to share a few suggestions.
First, Darren says it’s an old myth that only white wine should be served with white meat. He says you need to break the flavor down into its various components and then choose a wine to best match them.
Turkey, for instance is acidic, but it’s light-bodied, so a red wine like Pinot Noir will taste amazing with it. He suggests McManis Pinot Noir, which they sell. It’s a California wine that has won various awards.
If you prefer a white, you have a broad range of choices. If Reisling is your preference, try one of the Dr. L Rieslings, from Dr. Loosen. Darrin says they’re quite popular with Minnesotans and they sell a lot of this wine here in Blaine.
He also suggests what he calls a “naked” Chardonnay, like Mer Soleil Silver. It’s unoaked, from grapes grown in the Santa Lucia Highlands in Monterey, Calif.
Finally, a close friend asked me to be sure to ask the folks at Tournament to recommend a Viognier. In case you aren’t familiar, this wine is white, with heavenly floral aromas. My friend says that the grape is hard to grow and not all winemakers are successful with it. Darrin at Tournament Liquors says you can’t go wrong with Le P'tit Paysan Viognier, which will make those cranberries SING in your mouth. You’ll sing too, depending on how much of it you drink.
Happy Thanksgiving, Blaine friends!
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