Wine Pairings for Thanksgiving

We offer a special note of gratitude to Anthony Riboli (fourth generation wine maker).  The insight and wisdom that follow is his, excepting the Hampton Water information.  Thank you!


  • (1) Maddelena Riesling, Monterey, 2015 750ml SRP $12.95  
  • (1) San Simeon Pinot Noir, Monterey, 2017 750ml SRP $18.95 
  • (1) San Simeon Sauvignon Blanc, Paso Robles, 2017 750ml SRP $18.95 
  • (1) San Simeon Chardonnay, Monterey, 2015 750ml $18.95 

Wine Pairings for ThanksgivingHam & Sweet Potatoes

Maddalena Riesling has aromas of apricot, honey and wildflowers.  It is this delightful recipe which makes for an ideal pairing. 

When serving glazed-ham, a side dish such as sweet potatoes goes nicely. However, this will usually result in a less fruity and more acidic wine.

This is why it is imperative that one avoid this possibility altogether, by selecting a wine which is inherently sweet. Maddalena Riesling ushers forward with sincere notes of fresh fruit flavors, of pear and green apple. This is an elegant wine and it balances natural acidity and sweetness leaving
you feeling satisfied with the pairing.

Turkey & Gravy

Wine Pairings for ThanksgivingSam Simeon Pinot Noir is a rich, fruit-propelled wine with inviting flavors of ripe, black cherry and raspberry.  This makes way for a luscious turkey which will shine through the red fruits.

Most know that a nice pinot noir and turkey will pair beautifully.  But, unlike other pinot's, the Sam Simeon is just varied enough for the perfect combination.  This includes the trimmings.  The Sam Simeon also offers a palate of cinnamon and oak spice, which adds in its own manner.  Its lighter body will provide an unusally sweet contrast of the natural heaviness of such holiday offerings.

Brussel Sprouts
Wine Pairings for Thanksgiving

San Simeon Sauvignon Blanc| is a bright, refreshing wine with intense essences of both citrus and pear.  It releases a bright nose of white peach and lime zest.

San Simeon Sauvignon Blanc pairs very well with fresh Brussel sprouts, for example.  Love or loath them, they're a thanksgiving staple.  Couple up with a glass of chilled glass of San Simeon sauvignon blanc – regal!

Wine Pairings for ThanksgivingFor the Lighter Fare

San Simeon Chardonnay is the epitome of versatility. It’s rich.  It has explosive flavors of tropical fruit.  Citrus and pear elevate heavier dishes and introduce impressive contrasts.

Wine makers Anthony Riboli and Arnaud Debons employ traditional techniques to bring out the most of each varietal.  Therefore, San Simeon Chardonnay reaches a state of maturity and complexity, which allows for easy and elegant pairing with all thanksgiving sides.  Sure to entice even the most selective palette.

Pre-Thanksgiving Dinner Cheese Plate or Dessert Spread
Wine Pairings for Thanksgiving

Hampton Water is the result of a collaboration between Jon Bon Jovi, Jesse Bongiovi and acclaimed French winemaker, Gérard Bertrand.  It is described as a vibrant rosé with a distinct minerality.

Hampton Water’s airy and crisp palate makes for a certain versatility when pairing. The dryyet fruit forward flavor, (most specifically the strawberry notes), make for a perfect complement to cheese and/or dessert. Hampton Water boosts the creamy, buttery flavors of cheese, and amplifies the essence of a sweet dessert, chocolate, pie, etc.

Vital Links:

Hampton Water San Antonio Winery

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