Opportunities and Challenges: Pairing Wines for a Traditional Thanksgiving Dinner

The President of the Culinary Institute where Maxine Borcherding once taught used to refer to Thanksgiving dinner as a "dog's breakfast,” meaning that virtually every category of flavor – sweet, salty, sour, bitter, and umami – showed up on the same plate at the same time. That presents a major challenge for wine pairing. 

But do not despair – the Alliance Française's own sommelier and wine educator Maxine Borcherding has some strategies for choosing wines that can complement your Thanksgiving fare, whether your guests prefer whites, reds, or bubbles.

Enjoy this one hour online seminar from your own cozy fireside. The Zoom link will be distributed a few days before the November 13 event. Tickets are $20 Alliance members, $25 non-members.

Sign up for Thanksgiving Wine Pairings

Maxine has curated seven wine trios ranging in price from $45 to $135,
each with a red, a white, and a sparkling. Each of these trios would be a worthy addition to your table.
Download the descriptions of all the trios here. Purchase Max's selections in the boutique
These wines are available to order until midnight, November 17, and can be picked up
from the Alliance Saturday morning, November 23, from 10 until 12.



Street parking on SW 20th St. facing the Kamm House is limited. Free parking is available in Lot A at SW 18th and SW Columbia. Please obtain a parking pass from the office. After 6 pm weekdays, students may park in the Willamette Dental lot at SW 20th and SW Jefferson as available.


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