Giving thanks with a US glass or two

Celebrate spring with some special cocktails
Celebrate spring with some special cocktails

Thanksgiving – the American national holiday – boasts a menu similar to our turkey feast, only with sweet potatoes replacing roast spuds and pumpkin recipes for starters and dessert.

For that extra star-spangled feast, try full-flavoured whites and reds from California.

Celebrating with a glass of chardonnay is paramount to California dreamin’ and a lightly oaked style from top value producer Schug Carneros Estate is a perfect pairing with seafood starters, or pumpkin soup. Schug Carneros Chardonnay 2012, USA (£16.99, Marks & Spencer) shows plenty of body with a honeysuckle nose, tropical fruit flavours and snappy acidity on the clean finish.

For a richer, creamy style offering a wealth of complex flavours but with no oak influence, try Marimar Estate Acero Chardonnay 2009, Russian River, USA (£25.20, Penistone Court Wine Cellars, (01226) 766037). Easy to drink, it’s suited to shellfish and smoked fish.

For the second course of glazed roast turkey, cranberry sauce and gravy, a ripe, generous red such as The Prospector California 2012, USA (£11.99, makes an ideal choice.

Predominantly made from zinfandel, the juicy black cherry fruit has been heightened by a splash of malbec and syrah (shiraz) to create a soft and velvety mouthfeel with blackberry and damson, and a twist of black pepper.

Wines such as Domaine Carneros Avant Garde Pinot Noir 2011, USA (£20.99, are the pinnacle of New World pinot. Soft, silky, and sensuous, it has enticing scents of raspberry and wild strawberry with delicate black cherry and spice on the finish with depth, length, and the mildest of tannins.