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Thanksgiving Wine Pairing Idea with Rustic Mashed Potatoes

Photo: David Dadekian

The Thanksgiving table wouldn’t be complete without a big, comforting bowl of mashed potatoes. Keep reading to find out the Edible Rhody Magazine’s Rustic Mashed Potatoes recipe. We’ve also picked a fantastic Pinot Noir to pair perfectly with the mashed potatoes, as well as a few other wine recommendations. Cheers, and Happy Thanksgiving!

Arroyo Grande Valley, CA – $19.99
Lush hedonistic treat! Extremely expressive style with flavors and aromas of black raspberries and dark chocolate. Smooth but full of flavor, this favorite wine pairs especially well with the creamy/buttery Rustic Mashed Potatoes.
Rustic Mashed Potatoes
Ashley Vanasse, executive sous-chef,
Easy Entertaining Inc., Providence
3 pounds (about 9 medium-sized) red or Yukon Gold potatoes
(or a mix), washed, skin on and chopped in 1- to 2-inch pieces
2½ cups heavy cream
⅔ cups whole milk
1¼ cups (2½ sticks) Rhody Fresh butter
Kosher or sea salt
Freshly ground black pepper

Place potatoes in a large pot and cover with cold water. Cover pot and bring to a boil over high heat. Remove lid and boil for 20 minutes, or until potatoes are tender. Drain and set aside for 5 minutes. Combine cream, milk and butter in a saucepan and cook over medium heat, stirring until simmering. Return potatoes to their original pot and mash with potato masher. Slowly add cream mixture and continue to mash until desired texture is reached. Season to taste. Makes 8–10 servings as a side dish.

Belle Glos 'Clark & Telephone Vineyard' Pinot NoirBouchard Pinot Noir

Are you a Pinot Noir fanatic? Then we recommend these wines as well, both of which will pair wonderfully with everything on your Thanksgiving table.
  • Bouchard Pinot Noir is a classic French style Pinot Noir, and has a light body, very smooth with plump red cherry flavors. A great value wine! Bourgogne, France $9.99
  • Belle Glos ‘Clark & Telephone Vineyard’ Pinot Noir is elegantly intense with rich expansive flavors of warm cherry pie, cinnamon, clove and nutmeg. Velvety and silky smooth, and sure to impress a lucky gift recipient or dinner guests. Santa Maria Valley, CA –  $49.99


Visit our wine store to shop a great selection of Thanksgiving wines.
We’re located in Providence, Rhode Island.

Self-Serve Cocktail Bar for Thanksgiving, Free Printable Signs Included!

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If you’re hosting a Thanksgiving party, it can be a challenge to balance cooking times, the arrival of guests, and drinks. That’s why we love the idea of offering a self-serve cocktail bar, complete with a few easy cocktail recipe signs, ice, and liquors so your guests can have fun playing bartender. (Check out the self-serve bar & printable cocktail signs we made for Superbowl). This particular bar set-up idea includes bourbon whiskey and Laird’s Applejack as the base spirits, and a few classic fall flavors.

Fall is full of so many wonderful flavors – apple, maple, pumpkin – our taste buds appreciate a sensory overload of sweetness to measure oneself against the brisk winds. As the temperature drops, gin gets places towards the back of the liquor cabinet and bourbon comes to the front of the lineup.


Everything you need to pull together this self-serve bar. Ingredients & supplies available at Bottles.

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Download, print, and cut out each of these signs, and place them around the cocktail bar.

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free printable cocktail signs for a self serve bar

Jack Rose

1 ½ oz Laird’s Applejack
3/4 oz simple syrup
3/4 oz lemon juice
1/4 oz grenadine
apple slice garnish 

Combine ingredients in a cocktail shaker. Shake and strain into a martini glass.

jack rose cocktail recipe
bourbon cocktail | Maple Leaf drink recipe sign

Maple Leaf

2 oz Breaking & Entering Bourbon Whiskey
1/2 oz lemon juice
1/4 oz maple syrup

Combine ingredients in a cocktail shaker. Shake and strain, into a rocks glass with ice.

whiskey daisy cocktail recipe

Whiskey Daisy

1 ¼ oz Breaking & Entering Bourbon Whiskey
3/4 oz lemon juice
1/2 triple sec
1/4 oz grenadine 

Combine ingredients in a cocktail shaker. Shake and strain.

Cheers and Happy Thanksgiving from Bottles!


A Guide to Choosing Thanksgiving Wines

Hosting a Thanksgiving Dinner is a big deal and picking the wines to be served can be a nerve-racking challenge. To take some of the difficulty out of it, we’ve come up with this handy guide to help navigate the choppy seas of choosing wine for Turkey Day.
  • Serve wines that you like. Thanksgiving Dinner isn’t the best time to serve wines that you’re not familiar with. We recommend serving wines or at least varietals that are tried and true. For example, though Beaujolais and Gewürztraminer are widely considered to be perfect Thanksgiving pairings, it’s best not to serve them unless you know that you and your guests will like them. Also, if there’s wine left over from your dinner, you want to make sure that you like the wines because you’ll be the one drinking them the days following your Feast. Remember: if you’re a rewards member, we can look in your purchase history and tell you exactly when and what that bottle of wine was that you loved.
Every day I’m hustlin’!
  • Do some research a few weeks before your dinner. So it’s been decided that you’re hosting – Great! Hopefully you’ve been given a few weeks notice so you have some time to try out potential wines for your Thanksgiving Dinner. You will see special orange tags all around the store with wines that we have chosen especially for the big dinner and we have a giant wine display that features wines that we feel are perfect pairings for Thanksgiving. Lastly, if you have any questions, ask any of us, we are really good at making wine and food pairing recommendations.
  • How much wine will you need? The short answer is more than you think. Let’s break it down: One bottle = four glasses — Each guest will have at least two glasses of wine (even if there will be cocktails and/or beer available), so at a bare minimum you will need one bottle for every two people attending. So for example, if you’re having 10 people over you’ll need 5 bottles of wine. Remember, this is a feast and while Aunt Mary insists that she’ll only have one glass, chances are high that this is the one time of the year that she’ll get crazy and have two.
  • How many different wines should you get? At the bare minimum two: one white and one red. However, there is a world of wine out there and this is the time to enjoy all of your favorites. We are big fans of starting with Sparkling, even an inexpensive one is great to share while you’re watching the game, standing around the kitchen or with pre-dinner snacks. When you finally sit down to dinner, we like recommend having a couple of different styles of whites and reds open – wines that are of contrasting styles, for example a light Pinot Grigio and a rich Chardonnay or an elegant Pinot Noir and a robust Rhone.
  • What pairs with Turkey? The best answer is “What ever you like to drink!” We think Turkey is pretty easy to pair wine with because the flavors are not super strong or pronounced. However, pressed to choose wines to pair with just Turkey, we’d recommend (in no particular order): Beaujolais Nouveau, White Burgundies, Pinot Noir from Oregon, Gewürztraminer, Red Rhones (Cote du Rhone, Chateauneuf du Pape, etc.)
Feel free to visit us, call, or email us for help with wine for Thanksgiving. We’re all here to help!
General Manager
Bottles Fine Wine, 141 Pitman Street, Providence, RI
(401) 372-2030


Signature Sausage Stuffing Recipe and a Thanksgiving Wine Pairing

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Photo: David Dadekian

Thanksgiving is one of our favorite times of the year. Family, friends, great food, and best of all, delicious wines. Edible Rhody magazine is featuring several classic Thanksgiving recipes, and among them is a Signature Sausage Stuffing by Kaityln Roberts at Easy Entertaining. We recommend this red Rhone blend from California, Tablas Creek ‘Patelin de Tablas.’ It’s a great wine pairing idea! Happy Thanksgiving!

Tablas Creek Vineyard Esprit

Paso Robles, CA
An American wine with French sensibilities. A blend of Syrah, Grenache and Mourvedre combine to produce a perfect pairing with your Thanksgiving Dinner, especially with Southern Style Sausage Stuffing. Both spicy with black pepper and brimming with ripe fruit, this could very well be a new favorite wine for all seasons. 90 points Wine Advocate. www.tablascreek.com

Signature Sausage Stuffing
Kaitlyn Roberts, executive chef/owner,
Easy Entertaining Inc., Providence
2 tablespoons butter
1 pound sweet sausage, casing removed
1 cup diced red onion
1 cup diced celery
1 cup diced carrots
4 cups bread (corn, brioche or high-quality white bread), cubed into ½-inch cubes*
2 tablespoons fresh parsley
1 cup homemade or sodium-free turkey stock
¼ cup pure maple syrup
Kosher or sea salt
Freshly ground black pepper
Heat oven to 350°. Heat butter in large pan over medium heat. Add sausage to pan. Break up into small pieces and cook fully. Remove sausage from pan, leaving butter and drippings. Add onion, celery and carrots to pan and sauté until slightly softened. Add bread and parsley and toss lightly. Season to taste. Place bread into a 9- by 9-inch baking dish. Whisk together the stock with the maple syrup, drizzle over the bread and bake for 30–40 minutes. Serve warm. Makes 8–10 servings as a side dish. * Use day-old bread or spread cut cubes on a baking sheet and bake at 300° for 15–20 minutes to dry.

Ferraton Cotes du Rhone red wineVieux Telegraph red wine
Are you a big fan of Red Rhone Blends? If you love Tablas Creek, then you’ll love these wines as well. They’re both very versatile Rhone wines that will be fabulous with all your Thanksgiving dishes; make an impression on your guests this year!
  • Ferraton Cotes du Rhone – A benchmark Cotes du Rhone from an extraordinary vintage with irresistible aromas and flavors of red and black fruits, red flowers and wild herbs like thyme and sage. A dry wine with lots of character and charm. A tremendous value! $12.99
  • Vieux Telegraph ‘Le Crau’ Chateauneuf du Pape – Deep dark fruit and haunting earthy flavors combine in a super smooth package that will WOW you and your dinner guests. Highly rated (92 Wine Spectator) and iconic, this wine is only now ready to drink and has a core of cherry and red currant with notes of sandalwood, mulled fig and cocoa. $89.99

Visit our wine store to shop a great selection of Thanksgiving Wines.
We’re located at 141 Pitman St., Providence, Rhode Island.

Pecan Pie Recipe & Wine Pairing

Pecan Pie recipe and dessert wine pairing idea
Photo: David Dadekian
‘Tis the season for pie: apple, pumpkin, pecan, & custard galore! Pecan pie is a traditionally Southern recipe that Edible Rhody Magazine has added a Rhode Island twist to, with the addition of Sons of Liberty Pumpkin Spiced Whiskey. We’ve paired this Thanksgiving recipe with one of our favorite dessert wines, Viu Manent Noble Semillon, a naturally sweet wine from Chile.

The word pie has been used in terms of food since the 1300’s and over those centuries, the plethora of pies has increased with all different types. Pecan Pie is one of those and is said that to be created by the French shortly after settling in New Orleans and being introduced to the Pecan, but no one knows for sure. Typically associated with the South, Pecan pie is usually eaten at Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Viu Manent Noble Semillon Thanksgiving Dessert Wine Pairing
With its home in Bordeaux since 1960, the Semillon grape is naturally sweet and vulnerable to Botrytis or Noble Rot. This concentrates the sugars of late harvest wines, making it a perfect candidate for sweet white wine such as the Sauternes from Bordeaux, and the Viu Manent Noble Semillon from Santiago de Chile. When vinified, it takes on flavors of stone-fruits such as apricots, peach, & mangos with back flavor of citrus, nuts & honey with a silken texture. Perfect for Pecan Pie, this wine will bring out that roasted, nutty sweetness of the pecans, the creamy caramelized custard, and the buttery flaky crust.
Pecan Pie
Pastry Team, Easy Entertaining Inc., Providence
4 tablespoons (½ stick) Rhody Fresh butter, melted and cooled
1½ cups corn syrup
½ cup granulated sugar
1 tablespoon Sons of Liberty Pumpkin Spice whiskey*
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
Pinch salt
3 large fresh farm eggs, slightly beaten
1 pie shell, unbaked*
1¾ cups pecan pieces
Cream cheese frosting* (optional)
Preheat oven to 425°. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together melted butter with corn syrup, sugar, whiskey, vanilla and salt. Add eggs and mix well. Spread pecans evenly in 10-inch unbaked pie shell (in pie dish or tart pan) and pour egg mixture over pecans. Bake for 15 minutes, then reduce oven temperature to 350° and bake an additional 20–30 minutes or until set but still loose in center. Remove from oven. Allow to cool. Serve slices with a dollop of cream cheese frosting. Makes 1 pie or tart. * This seasonal release can be substituted with Uprising, another whiskey made by local distiller Sons of Liberty, or your favorite bourbon.
* Pie Dough
3 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
8 tablespoons (1 stick) very cold unsalted butter, cut into cubes
½ cup ice water with ½ teaspoon salt added
3 tablespoons sugar
In a large bowl, mix together flour and sugar. With a large fork or pastry cutter (or by pulsing with a food processor) cut the butter into the flour until the butter resembles small peas. Slowly add water until a dough forms, kneading and working dough as little as possible but enough to form a workable dough.
Pressing dough, form a 6-inch disk. Wrap tightly in plastic wrap and let rest in the refrigerator for 1 hour or overnight. Using a rolling pin on a floured surface, roll dough to form a 12-inch circle. Place in pie dish (or tart pan); crimp edges and proceed with recipe.
* Cream Cheese Frosting
8 tablespoons Rhody Fresh butter, softened
1 cup (8 ounces) Narragansett Creamery Angelito cream cheese
3 cups confectioner’s sugar, sifted
In a stand mixer fitted with paddle attachment, cream together butter and cream cheese, scraping sides of bowl. Add sugar and beat until fluffy. (If too thick, add a scant teaspoon of water at a time until desired consistency is reached.)
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Brussels Sprouts Are In Season! And We’re Eating Them With Bacon!

It’s fall and we’re excited to pair our wines with warm, seasonal comfort food recipes from Edible Rhody Magazine. This month we’re bringing you a fantastic Brussels sprouts & bacon recipe paired with Domaine D’Aupilhac ‘Lou Maset’ Languedoc–the perfect crisp, autumn appetizer to enjoy with family and friends!
Available all year round, the peak season for Brussels Sprouts is from September to mid-February. The smaller the head, the sweeter the taste, so look for those that are about 1–1½ inches in diameter. Even though they last for a few weeks the flavor starts to become unpleasantly strong after three or four days so be sure to cook them right away–the fresher the better! Brussels sprouts have great health benefits too. Some good ways of cooking them are by steaming, roasting, or stir frying, but do not overcook or you will lose the nutrients. To ensure an even cook, slice an x into the bottom of the stem when cooking them whole.

Check out Farm Fresh for local farms to get your brussels sprouts this season.
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Languedoc is the largest wine-growing region in the world, extending from the Rhone Delta down to the foot of the Pyrenees.  It is also the most productive in terms of wine in France & the oldest. Because of its large geographical area & variations in terroir, Languedoc can produce a wide array of wine styles, with many of the reds being blends that are full-bodied, fruit driven & slightly spicy. These wines go perfect with the bitter earthiness of Brussels sprouts & specifically Domaine D’Aupilhac ‘Lou Maset’; mouth-wateringly fresh with a great balance of ripe fruit & silky tannins, a good length with a spicy finish.

Brussel Sprouts & Bacon

  • 1 pound (4 cups) Brussels sprouts, washed, trimmed & halved
  • ½ pound farmer’s bacon, chopped
  • Freshly ground black pepper

1. Fill a sauce pot with water and bring to a boil 

2. Prepare a large bowl of ice water and set aside 

3. Place Brussels sprouts in boiling water for 45 seconds, or until they turn bright green 

4. Drain and place immediately in ice bath 

5. In a separate pan, render bacon over low heat until pieces are crispy 

6. Remove bacon from pan and add drained, cool Brussels sprouts to the bacon drippings 

7. Sear the Brussels sprouts over medium-high heat for about 3 minutes, until edges are brown
8. Return bacon to pan, sprinkle with pepper, toss and serve

Owner & founder of Easy Entertaining Inc. in Providence, Kaitlyn Roberts actually studied pre-law before discovering her love for cooking while studying abroad in Rome. After she graduated she went to Apicius, a culinary school in Florence, for a year. Upon her return in 2006 she started working as a personal chef and soon, Easy Entertaining Inc. was born. Looking to preserve the local flavor of Rhode Island and Southern Massachusetts she focuses on seasonal, local and gourmet cuisine. In 2012 Easy Entertaining opened a café in Rising Sun Mills for breakfast, lunch, classes, private events & more.


Check out www.easyentertainingri.com for more info
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Thanksgiving Wine & Drink Pairing Guide

Thanksgiving pairing recommendations from the experts at Bottles are here!! From craft beer, to specialty cocktails, and to finding just the right wine for each occasion, we’ve got you covered! Watch these 4 videos: Pre-Dinner Drinks, Appetizer Pairings, Dinner Pairings and Dessert Pairings, and then scroll down for a list of the best Thanksgiving pairings and different kinds of red and white wines that work with Thanksgiving dinner.  Bottles is a wine store located in Providence, Rhode Island, so if you’re in the area, visit us!

Click below to watch all 4 videos

Pre-Dinner Drinks

With Thanksgiving just around the corner, we’ve come up with suggestions for pre-dinner, football game time drinks and cocktails to have on hand.
Full Sail’s Sessions Lagers
Only $14.99 for a 12-pack, these are low in alcohol and high in flavor
Mayflower Brewing’s Thanksgiving Ale
Perfect for the craft beer enthusiast in your family, nothing else says Thanksgiving like this beer
Charles de Fere Blanc de Blancs
Looking for something bubbly? This sparkling wine is a great pre-dinner drink that everyone will love.
Boulevardier Cocktail
Similar to a Negroni, this easy & classic cocktail has Bourbon, Campari, and Sweet Vermouth

Appetizer Pairings

What wine do you serve with appetizers? Find out what Joanna’s picks are.
Beaujolais Rosé
A great wine for pairing with fruit plates
A nice French white wine that is crisp and delicate, pairing perfectly with cheese platters and savory vegetable dishes
Cranberry Cobbler Punch
An easy punch you can me before-hand; combine Gin, cranberry juice, Rose’s Lime Juice and Cranberry Bitters

Thanksgiving Dinner Pairings

When Thanksgiving dinner is ready, you’ll want wines that go well with everything on the table.
Pinot Blanc
A white wine that lends itself wonderfully with turkey, yams and herb stuffing; round and rich, Chardonnay fans will love it!
Anton Bauer Pinot Noir
People always reach for the Pinot Noir; Try this elegant Pinot Noir that is rich & velvety, but not too heavy.
Secateurs Cotes du Rhone
A red blend that is incredibly versatile when it comes to food pairing; it will show off everything on your Thanksgiving table!

Dessert Pairings

Eric talks about what to drink after dinner, as you are relaxing with friends and family, and enjoying Thanksgiving dessert.
Tawny Port
Perfect with traditional Thanksgiving desserts like pecan pie, this port is medium-dry and on the lighter side.
White Dessert Wine
Just a little bit sweet with honey and fruit flavors; serve cold or room temperature with fruit and cheese.
Serve it with coffee!
Amaro Montenegro
A digestif from Italy, herbascious & slightly sweet, serve this with a lemon twist to settle those stomachs!
Glenmorangie Nectar D’Or
Scotch aged in Sauternes casks that gives it a honey, slightly fruity flavor that is wonderful with desserts