Enjoying the perfect accompaniment to Thanksgiving Day

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A food-loving holiday, there’s no doubting the whole of the US will be celebrating Thanksgiving with its usual fervour.

To complement homemade pumpkin soup with a dollop of sour cream, serve an off-dry rose such as Big Top White Zinfandel Rose 2011 (£7.99, www.virginwines.co.uk). A pretty salmon colour, the fresh, juicy flavours complement the sweet, earthy taste of pumpkin.

For Thanksgiving appetisers such as smoked trout pate, cheese dips and deviled eggs, try Robert Mondavi Woodbridge Chardonnay 2010, (£8.49, Waitrose). It’s crisp enough to cope with rich hors d’oeuvres, and the tropical fruit flavours with a hint of vanilla and some oaky spice will help perk up the palate before the main event.

Trefethen Family Vineyards produces a well-balanced chardonnay which foodies have been appreciating for years thanks to its restrained style. Try Trefethen Family Vineyards Chardonnay, 2009, Napa Valley (£18.99, www.laithwaites.co.uk), which is delicious on its own, with creamy seafood, and turkey or chicken with roasted vegetables.