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Local Pairings for the Thanksgiving Table

November 16, 2017

A local feast needs the perfect local accompaniment. Treat your Thanksgiving guests to the best in Vermont wine and cider next week - here are some suggestions for a meal, perfectly paired.

For the Meal...


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Whetstone CiderWorks | Orchard Queen

Orchard Queen showcases the complexity and fruitiness of the most distinguished traditional bittersweet cider apples in this semi-dry cider. Ripe apple flavor is followed by tropical fruit and smoky notes, with lots of acid and tannin to match. A delightful match for Thanksgiving dinner. (Apples in this cider: Kingston Black, Dabinett, Major, Ashton Bitter, Northern Spy, Esopus Spitzenburg, Macintosh, Harrison, Brown Snout, and foraged apples)



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Boyer's Orchard | Frontenac Gris Rose

Boyer's Frontenac Gris Rose wine is a fresh and lively semi-dry wine. Our flavorful wine presents a great balance of fruit and acidity to complement Thanksgiving dinner. Enjoy this wine's brilliant color on your holiday table!




Shelburne Vineyard | La Crescent

Whether you celebrate your Thanksgiving feast with traditional turkey, stuffing and cranberry sauce or you offer a vegetarian banquet,  you can't go wrong with a delicious Shelburne Vineyard La Crescent.  A sip begins with a distinctive, fragrant floral aroma, moves to your palate with a burst of lively stone fruit offering just a touch of sweetness and then finishes with a slightly herbal note.  It is the perfect pairing for your holiday meal.



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Citizen Cider | AmeriCran

AmeriCran, the perfect fit for Thanksgiving. Cranberries and turkey are the quintessential Thanksgiving companions. Throw together a bin of apples, a bushel of cranberries, and a few cider making citizens and you’ve got yourself an AmeriCran experience! 



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Lincoln Peak | Marquette 

We're releasing two wines just in time for Thanksgiving, both un-oak-aged Marquette wines in different styles. The brand-new Summit 2016 is made exactly like our classic Marquette wine, except it has been aged only in stainless steel tanks, not oak barrels. Without oak, it's a fresh and bright: fresh cherries, red currants, the sun of a Vermont summer. Our Nouveau-style Marquette 2017 is made differently. Starting with carbonic maceration and bottled just weeks after harvest, it's light, young, and zesty. Thanksgiving dinner can be heavy. These bright un-oaked wines counter-balance the weight of the meal and offer an uplifting sip in the middle of a rich spread. Pick up your bottles this weekend at Marquette Fest!
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Boyden Valley Winery | Cranberry Wine

Made with Vermont grown cranberries from the Vermont Cranberry Company in Fletcher and pairs perfectly with a Thanksgiving turkey!


For Dessert...


Windfall Orchard | Windfall Ice Cider 

Windfall Orchard Ice Cider is a perfect partner with Apple Pie and other desserts served at the end of the Thanksgiving Feast. A great way to end the meal!



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Eden Specialty Ciders | Honeycrisp Ice Cider 

The perfect way to end a Thanksgiving celebration is with Ice Cider. It has been described as ‘liquid apple pie’. Serve small helpings in sherry glasses to sip with apple pie, pumpkin cheesecake or Indian pudding. Try Eden’s Honeycrisp Ice Cider as a perfect pairing for your Thanksgiving desserts! **Eden's Honeycrisp was just announced as a Good Food Awards 2018 finalist!**

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