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.
At Carr Vineyards & Winery, we believe that memorable experiences are created when our wines are paired with great food, family, and good friends.
We love sharing our recipes for foods that pair well with our:
Enjoy these recipes! And if you have any recipes you’d like to share, please send them our way. We’d love to post your recipes for all of our Carr Winery friends!
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?
This 2015 Carr Cabernet Franc from Rossi Vineyard is a Carr first! This single vineyard Cab Franc is grown in Happy Canyon. The hot days in this region make for the best growing conditions for Cabernet Franc in the area. This wine is extremely dynamic, beginning with jalapeño and leading into spicy dark chocolate. The red and yellow peppers in this recipe neatly balance out the full, darker flavors of the wine.
Have you tried the 2014 Carr Cabernet Franc Reserve yet? If not, do yourself a favor and grab a bottle, ASAP. Made from the best four barrels of the 2014 vintage, this wine is bursting with flavors of jalapeño, poblano, and white pepper. We’ve paired it with the quick yet tasty recipe so you can get through cooking and straight to drinking!
Sangiovese is known for being a food friendly wine. It is an Italian varietal, therefore most commonly paired with Italian cuisine. The 2015 Carr Sangiovese, with bold tannins, red fruit, and flavors of dried spices, is diverse enough to pair with plenty of other fare. We like it best with this Mediterranean gyro. With refreshing Tzatziki sauce and seasoned meatballs, this dish has enough flavor to stand up to this full bodied Sangiovese.
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.
Celebrate this delicious holiday with one of our favorite Filet recipes paired with our very own 2014 Carr Morehouse Syrah. The tender texture and mouthwatering juices of this Filet Mignon in Mushroom Wine Sauce mingle perfectly over the palate with the vibrant, red and purple fruits of the Morehouse Syrah.