Debbie’s Thanksgiving Picks

Beringer Private Reserve Chardonnay

Beringer Private Reserve is a classic Napa Chardonnay, dry, full bodied, and richly flavored. This wine is aged in new French American oak and undergoes malolatic fermentation which contributes to the buttery, toasted almond and vanilla bean notes. Aromas of stone fruit, lemon citrus follow through on the palate. This full textured wine is balanced with minerality and lively acidity.

Chardonnay pairs well with dishes that complement its rich full flavors. The Homemade Pumpkin Gnocchi and Roast Turkey with Sage Stuffing from our recipe section will be a beautiful complement to this Californian wine.
With a Wine Spectator score of 92pts, the Beringer Chardonnay could be the highlight of your Thanksgiving dinner.

Gahan Blueberry Ale

The PEI Brewing Company’s, Gahan Blueberry Ale can be described as a fruit beer that isn’t afraid to be a beer. The unfiltered ale is made with all natural ingredients including fresh Island blueberries. A blueberry puree is introduced during fermentation which produces natural blueberry aromas with undertones of grain, herbs, citrus and dried flowers. The palate is dry and tangy with a crisp unsweetened blueberry finish. It’s well structured, fruity and smooth.

The fruit and canonization of the ale makes it an ideal pairing with many dishes ranging from a Brie & Blueberry Grilled Cheese to the more sophisticated flavors of Pan Seared Duck with a savory blueberry sauce.

For a quick and tasty weekend snack to share with friends, try our Blueberry Ale, Red Onion and Lime Mussel recipe.

For the perfect refreshing beverage after a day of raking those beautiful PEI leaves, try a Blueberry Shandy prepared with Gahan Blueberry Ale:

Blueberry Shandy
Makes 1 drink.


  • 10-12 Fresh Blueberries
  • 1oz McGuinness Simple Syrup
  • Juice from one lemon
  • 12oz of Gahan Blueberry Ale


  • Mash berries with a fork and remove skins
  • Mix lemon juice and berries and stir
  • Pour into the bottom of a chilled pint glass and top with blueberry ale
  • Garnish with blueberries and lemon.

Pierre Sparr Reserve Pinot Gris

Pierre Sparr Reserve Pinot Gris is produced in the cooler region of Alsace, France. The style tends to be full bodied and rich with spicy notes. It is medium dry with refreshing acidity showing fruity and floral notes on the palate. The off dry sweetness of this wine will pair well with the sweet candied flavours of the ham.