Sip & Savor: Wine and Thanksgiving

Celebrate Beaujolais Noveau with Bastille Cafe & Bar in Ballard

It’s time to celebrate Beaujolais Noveau! In France, and in the minds of hardcore wine lovers, the third Thursday in November is a highly anticipated event. It’s when the coveted Beaujolais Noveau, a red wine made from Gamay grapes, is released at the stroke of midnight, every year. Then it’s a race to see who can get their hands on this decadent, coveted wine first! Ballard’s Bastille Café & Bar invites you to join them on Nov. 21 for this exciting event. There will be wine flights, offering a wide selection of the Beaujolais, and also $9 tapas. Reservations are required at  their website.

Plan Ahead to Enjoy a Stress-Free Thanksgiving Meal

If laboring away in the kitchen for hours over a meal that will be eaten in under 20 minutes isn’t your thing, Fire & Vine Hospitality has you covered. They have restaurants open on the holiday, offering gourmet meals for you to enjoy with friends and family. Here are a few:

The Barking Frog and Willows Lodge in Woodinville always does the holidays right – and reservations fill fast.

The Lakehouse in Bellevue will be offering a special Thanksgiving menu from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Enjoy small plates, like sweet potato croquettes and deviled eggs, before diving into a family-style, three-course meal that will include organic turkey roasted with sage brown butter gravy.

Miller’s Guild in Seattle will celebrate from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. with a special three-course meal that includes tasty options like butternut squash soup, meyer prime eye of rib, and a pecan pumpkin pie for dessert.

If you’re interested in a mini Thanksgiving getaway, head to Eritage Resort in Walla Walla to enjoy their special holiday buffet from 2 to 6 p.m. on turkey day. It will include dishes like cornbread stuffing and bourbon jalapeno glazed country ham. And while you’re there, you can take advantage of being in the midst of wine country and stop by a few local wineries for tastings.

Perfect Wine Pairings for Thanksgiving Meals

The Grape Choice in Kirkland is hosting a Thanksgiving Tasting Thursday, Nov. 14. Try 16 wines alongside bites of typical Thanksgiving feast staples. You’ll be able to pre-order your favorite wines to pick up the following week. One less thing to think about as you prep for your feast (paired perfectly with sips). Learn more on their website.

More Thanksgiving Goodness:

  1. Get dinner at 47 North Bar + Bistro at the Hilton Garden Inn. Chef Kieran Fleming’s lemon, lavender, and rosemary brined turkey will not disappoint.
  2. Uncork with Tinte Cellars, a philanthropic Woodinville winery that gives back to charity when you buy a bottle. Pair their syrah with turkey, their cab with ham, and their viognier with stuffing.
  3. Thanksgiving-inspired ice-cream. Heck yeah. Salt & Straw does it again. They also deliver. Try sweet potato with maple pecan, roasted peach and sage cornbread stuffing, and salted caramel Thanksgiving turkey flavors of ice-cream.
  4. Leave the baking to the pros at Bakery Nouveau. Order a pie by Nov. 24 and it will be ready Nov. 27. Pumpkin, Dutch apple, all the pecan pies you can imagine.
  5. Not a turkey fan? Or want it with a twist. Get the regular menu and Thanksgiving faves with a flair (five spice turkey!) at Wild Ginger.
  6. Chef Cody Castiglia of Della Terra is taking orders. Also he hosts classes so you can learn how to be more awesome in the kitchen than you already are.
  7. Head to Ascend for an incredible Thanksgiving brunch. What’s on the menu? The better question is; what isn’t? Pumpkin waffles, tofu quiche, a sushi bar, smoked wagyu brisket, truffle mac and cheese, nitro ice cream stations, oh yeah, and turkey and all the fixings! (There is way too much for us to list.)
  8. Thanksgiving at Daniel’s Broiler — have your steak and your turkey, too.
  9. Take holiday cooking classes at Hyatt Regency Lake Washington with the chefs at Water’s Table. On Nov. 25 they are hosting a Thanksgiving Essentials class.
  10. Walk it all off shopping, looking at light displays, visiting Snowflake Lane, ice-skating and more as the Northwest ushers in the holiday season. Check out our holiday calendar here.


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