5 Reasons Why It's Perfectly Acceptable To Serve Rosé On Thanksgiving

While we tend to think of "rosé all day" as the mantra of warmer months, there's no reason to stop drinking the pink-hued beverage once temperatures drop. As we've written about before, it's a food-friendly wine that pairs with a variety of dishes year-round. And there's no reason to leave it behind on the most food-friendly holiday of all, Thanksgiving.

We tapped Sayle Milne of Wine Savvy to share her top tips for serving rosé on Thanksgiving, as well as some of her favorite bottles. "Given that rosé can be made from a vast number of grapes and from so many different regions of the world, it will certainly find a match for your turkeys, gravies, and all those yummy sides," she says.

One thing that applies to all rosé, regardless of which variety you go with? Make sure the bottle is a 2016, or in some cases a 2017. Rosé is not meant to age except for "very few exceptions," explains Milne.

Ahead, the five other things you can look for when picking out wine, as well as her top five picks. Don't want to order them online? Wine-Searcher.com is an excellent way to find out what wine stores near you carry what you're looking for.

Buy Bubbles
Sparkling wine is perfect to pair with almost any kind of food. "Bubbles cleanse your palate with every sip," says Milne. The acidity and the creaminess of the bubbles also goes well with a number of dishes and sides. And that recommendation extends to sparkly rosé as well.

Milne's Pick: Lucien Albrecth Brut Rosé, $15.99

"I served this wine at my wedding," she says. "Even people who said they did not like sparkling enjoyed [it]."
Pick Pinot

Pinot Noir is a classic pick for Thanksgiving because the typically light red wine goes well with most foods. Since rosé is made from red wine grapes that have minimal skin contact (thus the light pink, rather than deep red hue), you can get a rosé made from Pinot Noir grapes as well. It will get you all the fruitiness of a good Pinot while still allowing you to drink a chilled wine.

Milne's Pick: Pascal Jolivet Sancerre Rose, $21.99

"I adore the bright, zippiness of this wine and that it is like drinking strawberries dancing in herbs."
Go Heavy

Rosé wines can vary from very light to fuller-bodied varieties almost indistinguishable from reds. If you want something closer to red at the table, look for Tavel rosés They comes from Southern Rhône in France where grapes like Grenache and Syrah produce more intense versions of the wine. Tavel is also rumored to have been the favorite of Ernest Hemingway.

Milne's Pick: Domaine Lafond Roc-Epine Tavel Rose, $18

"This rosé is hefty, with a full body, and is like drinking a red wine, minus the color."
Visit Austria

Milne is also a big fan of wines from Austria generally. A less well-known wine region in the U.S., that often means you can get more bang for your buck. Austrian wines are also known for having excellent acidity and minerality, making them pair well with food for the same reason as sparkling wines.

Milne's Pick: Gobelsburg Cistercian Rose, $14.98

"If you love wines like Sauvignon Blanc and Gruner Veltliner, you will love this wine. Th screw cap is a bonus."
Try Sweet (Sort Of)

Another reason rosé is a great choice for Thanksgiving? Many of excellent rosés are also low in alcohol, making it easy to pace yourself even as you wait for the dessert course. Many low-alcohol rosés can even taste a bit sweet because of low alcohol, which can can pair well with anything smoked, including the turkey

Milne's Pick: Remy Pannier Rosé D'anjou, $10.99

"Though this wine is bone dry, because of the low alcohol and its extreme fruitiness, you may perceive this wine as being a bit off-dry (sweet)."
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