Thanksgiving is a time to be grateful, a time for celebrating with family and friends. It's also a stressful time for those hosting Thanksgiving meals, for those dealing with airport crowds, and those simply navigating complicated family relationships.
One way to help ensure that your Turkey Day gathering goes without a hitch is to serve — or bring for the host — crowd-pleasing Beaujolais wine. If you're feeding a lot of mouths, that also means a lot of wine glasses. Use wine glass charms so your guests can keep track of whose wine glass is whose. For a holiday-themed touch, make your own charms or tags decorated with turkeys, cornucopia, pumpkins or other seasonal symbols.
If you're not sure which Beaujolais variety to serve with turkey, Gamay is a good choice. Régnié for example is a great accompaniment.
Want to keep your guests out of the kitchen but make them feel useful? Buy some inexpensive wine glasses, some water-based paint designed to use on glass, and several paintbrushes. Let your guests show their creative side by designing their own holiday-themed wine glass. The glasses make a nice keepsake for a most memorable occasion.
Once everyone is seated at the Thanksgiving table, it may sound corny but have everyone raise their wine-filled glasses (grape juice for the kids) in thanks. Go around the table and have each person say what he/she is thankful for. It's a nice way to bring the true meaning of the holiday into your family celebration.
When it's time for dessert, pair your pumpkin pie with fruity Brouilly for the final course of the meal. Don't be offended if your guests are too full and opt for the wine only. They can always take home a slice of pie in a doggie bag!