As we wrap up a wonderful harvest season here in Napa Valley, we look to relaxing days while sharing delicious healthy meals and great wines with friends and family. Simplify your holiday preparations while enhancing what’s on the table with recipes and tips for a joyful season ahead.
Our Thanksgiving meal will begin with guests enjoying a glass of Napa Valley Estate Sauvignon Blanc or Rosé with light appetizers to include Deviled Eggs and Winter Crudités with cheese dip. Family and friends will fill their glasses with Dollarhide Estate Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc, Napa Valley Estate Élu and Rutherford Estate Vineyard Merlot as they take a seat at the table to enjoy a traditional turkey and sides, including Holiday Stuffing Muffin Cups and Honey Roasted Carrots with Vodouvan Yogurt. For dessert, we like to serve Dollarhide Estate Vineyard Muscat Canelli paired with a decadent cheesecake. For additional recommendations and recipes, visit our popular 7 Ways to Win at Thanksgiving blog post and watch our handy turkey carving video.
We wish you and your loved ones health and happiness as you share the joy of the season.
I like to brine my turkey. I don’t feel it needs basting as long as I’ve done my job with a good brine. I combine salt, water, chili flakes, garlic, lemon, honey, thyme, parsley, bay leaves, rosemary and black pepper. I brine the bird for 24 hours, rinse and then air dry for 48 hours before cooking.
I also sometimes separate white and dark meat so that I don’t overcook them. I brine and roast the turkey breast in an oven cage and confit the legs. You will not have the ‘whole bird’ presentation for your table, but the result is just as delicious.
Most years, my family requests a deep-fried turkey. For this method, brine and then be sure to dry the bird out thoroughly. Deep fry it for 45 minutes to achieve that fried perfection on the outside, juicy and tender on the inside.
How ever you choose to prepare your Thanksgiving turkey, be sure to give yourself a little extra prep time to alleviant stress and remember to get out of the kitchen and enjoy the day with family and friends – glass in hand filled with your favorite St. Supery wine. Cheers!
800 grams baby carrots
170 grams lemon juice
Zest of 6 lemons
10 grams salt
10 grams curry
80 grams olive oil
40 grams honey
50 grams butter
Napa Valley Estate Sauvignon Blanc
Napa Valley Estate Rosé
Dollarhide Estate Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc
Rutherford Estate Vineyard Merlot
Napa Valley Estate Élu
Dollarhide Estate Vineyard Muscat Canelli
Planning: A bottle of wine serves around 6 glasses, depending on the size of your pour. Have a mix of white, rosé and red wines on hand to enjoy throughout the meal.
2 Dashes Angostura Bitters
1 oz Bourbon Whiskey
1 oz St. Supéry Cabernet Sauvignon
0.25 oz Simple Syrup (1:1 water/sugar)
(can change to between .25 oz and .5 tsp based on personal preference)
November 1, 2023