Thanksgiving is such a great holiday for so many reasons – family and friends come together to share thanks while indulging in tasty food paired with delicious wines. Everyone has a signature turkey, mashed potato, and stuffing recipe – these are the traditional foods that we love about the holiday. But we love to mix up the side dishes! We want you to be prepared, so we are sharing a few of our choice side dishes, paired with our favorite Carr wines.
With bright cranberry and mild acidity, 2014 Carr Pinot Noir from The Yard Vineyard is a great match for foods that are salty or cheesy. This wine is able to maintain it’s flavors and body through the prosciutto and the mozzarella in this dish in the most elegant of ways. Another great Carr wine to try with this meal is the 2015 El Guapo!
Takeout food and a glass of wine is always a great way to wind down after a long day. Pinot Noir and Thai food is always a good option. Pinot pairs well with many different kinds of food, but the blend of sweet, salty, and umami from Pad Thai bodes very well with a glass of 2014 Carr Pinot Noir, Clone 114 from The Yard Vineyard. But did you know how easy Pad Thai is to make?
With fruit from two different vineyards, the 2014 Carr Santa Barbara County Pinot Noir has bright berry flavors and light spice elements that make it a very diverse wine for pairing. Typically, oily fish like salmon is paired with white wines, but this medium-bodied Pinot Noir has the subtlety to pair with fish, while also maintaining the body to carry through creamy tomato sauces. Because of the diversity of this wine, it does a great job in reinforcing the dichotomy in this Tuscan salmon dish.
Clams usually pair best with white wines, however the crispy prosciutto and creamy white basil sauce on this pasta adds enough “umph” to the otherwise dainty clam flavors, that it makes a great match for our delicate 2014 Hillside Whole Cluster Pinot Noir. This wine is gently hand rolled on whole Pinot Noir clusters during the fermentation process, creating a gorgeous and easy-drinking wine.
This delightful, medium bodied 2014 Carr Santa Barbara County Pinot Noir pairs best with relaxation and a no-fuss meal. Whether you’re camping, tailgating, or simply barbecuing in the backyard, get the grill going to make these easy, light burgers while enjoying a glass of this members-only Pinot Noir.
Although our Paella and Pinot event has come and gone, we still haven’t had enough! Chef Scott Wallace created three incredible paella recipes for the event to pair with our pre-release 2015 Pinot Noirs, so we’ve followed in his footsteps to give your an at-home recipe to pair with our 2014 Carr Pinot Noir from the Yard Vineyard. This is a vegetarian recipe, but you can add apple chicken sausages or shrimp for some extra flavor.