Sarah Pierre Picks the Perfect Holiday Table Wine

We asked, a wine expert answered. Our friend Sarah Pierre of 3 Parks Wine in Atlanta shares her tips on navigating the holiday wine purchase. Move over, turkey, this year the wine is sharing the spotlight.

Sarah Pierre, Wine Expert, 3 Parks Wine, Atlanta

What wine pairs perfectly with a Thanksgiving meal? Thanksgiving is such a fun holiday to pair wines with. There is a wide selection to compliment everyone's tastes and meals. If you're anything like me, you should always start with a sparkling wine, always. Cru Beaujolais is usually my first pick for red - this wine is 100% Gamay and is poultry's best friend. It's a light - medium bodied wine that has a great balance of fruit, earth, and acidity. Gamay is most similar to French Burgundy which is 100% Pinot Noir, so if you have any of that lying around, look no further. If you can track down the Northern Italian red, Bardolino, you'll be in for a Thanksgiving treat. California Zinfandels and some Syrahs are also a spot-on match. For white, Oregon Pinot Blanc. I truly just love those wines. Rich beautiful texture and fruit notes - from apple, pear, melon, peach. Spice, like baking spice, and a hint of floral. Such a great food wine. Fo other pairings, look for an un-oaked Chardonnay, Rosé, Gewurztraminer, or Dry Riesling.

Do you have any tips for cooks at home choosing and serving wine at their holiday meal? I have three tips. 1) Always drink what you like. Don't spend too much time thinking about the pairing. It can become exhausting and stressful. 2) What grows together, goes together. 3) Have someone do the pairing for you. Visit your local wine shop. One of favorite things to do is pair wines for meals - we do it every single day! Most independent wine retailers have a long history in restaurants.

What are your favorite wines for the winter months? I typically gravitate towards both red and white wines that have a bit more body. In the summer and fall I like a lighter style, but winter is all about the body. I drink Cotes Du Rhone all year round, but definitely more in the winter. Also, Italian reds such as blends from Tuscany, or Barbera's.

If you had to pick a single bottle to drink for the rest of 2014, what would it be? Always the hardest question asked. It would definitely be sparkling. Probably Billecart-Salmon Brut Rosé. For a more affordable option I'd recommend a Sparkling Brut Rosé from South Africa: Graham Beck.

Are you seeing any wine trends on the rise right now? I just love that wine is trending right now. Everybody wants to drink and learn about wine. Rosé is by far what I see trending the most and that's because it's awesome and people are now starting to realize how amazing that wine is. #yeswayrosé

Insider Tip:

3 Parks Wine Shop is also having their Second Annual Black Friday Sale that is undoubtedly worth checking out. Most of the store will be marked down, and they will have lots of wine & sparkling wine flowing to enhance your shopping experience. For more information on 3 Parks Wine Shop, visit their website:

Cheers and Happy Thanksgiving!

- The PeachDish Team

3 Parks Wine Shop 451 Bill Kennedy Way, St. C Atlanta, GA 30316