Lula’s Thanksgiving Leftovers Pairings
With Thanksgiving around the corner, we haven’t stopped thinking about all the delicious food and wine that will soon decorate our tables. Something about the flavors of a Thanksgiving meal brings warmth and comfort to the palate—buttery mashed potatoes, tangy cranberry sauce, savory gravy, and herb-crusted turkey. Somehow it all comes together to make one of the season’s most anticipated meals. So much so that you want to make those flavors last through the following week. And what better way to do that than with a repertoire of recipes for the best Thanksgiving leftover meals? Served with Lula wines, naturally.
A Classic Turkey Sandwich
Maybe one of the most popular ways to utilize your leftover turkey, there is nothing quite like a perfectly executed turkey sandwich a couple of days after you’ve recovered from a full belly. A classic but stand-by combo is turkey, white cheddar, cranberry sauce, and mayo on toasted walnut bread. For a hot sandwich, try warmed turkey, stuffing, gravy, and brie cheese, open-faced on seeded whole-wheat bread. Or give the California Classic a go with turkey, lemon aioli, bacon, lettuce, avocado, and red onion on a sourdough roll.
With delicate floral aromas and bright acidity, our 2020 Chardonnay brings a balance of sweet and savory that complements any leftover turkey sandwich you choose to compose. For a bolder, more fruit-forward pairing, serve our 94-Point 2018 Peterson Vineyard Pinot Noir or our vibrant 2018 Lula Cabernet Sauvignon, all included in our Friends and Family Holiday Pack.
Bring on the Thanksgiving Nachos
You may think we’ve gone crazy when we suggest turning your Thanksgiving leftovers into a hot plate of nachos, but there is truly nothing more satisfying than the crunch of salty tortilla chips topped with all the Thanksgiving flavors combined. The assembly is similar to a standard tray of nachos—you just sub in leftovers for the usual suspects. Mashed potatoes stand in for refried beans, stuffing can be included as a base with the chips, and warmed gravy binds everything together.
Top with shredded white cheddar and bake at 425 degrees for 10-15 minutes. Once out of the oven, dot the nachos with sour cream, cranberry sauce, pickled jalapeno, and parsley. Trust us, you will never look back. Our Sports Fan Holiday Pack is naturally the perfect pairing for this crowd-pleaser. Featuring our NV Guntly Red, 93-Point 2018 Costa Vineyard Pinot Noir, and 2019 Zinfandel, this versatile lineup will please every palate in the house.
A Traditional Turkey Pot Pie
While the idea of making another pie may sound like the last thing you want to do in the days after Thanksgiving, trust us—it’s easier than you think! If you made turkey, gravy, pie, and anything with herbs and mirepoix, you already have all the ingredients you need to make pot pie. And if you need to cut a few corners to keep it simple, just buy an extra refrigerated pie crust when you’re doing your grocery shopping. Just remember to set aside a special portion of turkey (preferably shredded when it’s still warm) with the other leftovers so your family doesn’t get to it first!
Any one of our award-winning Pinot Noirs would pair well with turkey pot pie, but for a more complex pairing, we recommend our 93-Point 2018 Anderson Valley Pinot Noir. The wine has sufficient intensity to balance the rich cream, sweet peas, and savory herbs while still flaunting its own alluring aromas of red cherry and spice. For an even more elevated pairing, serve our 96-Point 2019 Lula Vineyard Pinot Noir. Fortunately, both wines are included in our Winter Wonderland Holiday Pack, making your shopping list even easier!
There you have it: three simple ways to transform your Thanksgiving leftovers into fantastic meals. But beware—you may never get those lingering guests to leave your house!
And don’t forget to take advantage of our storewide holiday shipping savings! When you purchase 4-11 bottles, receive $10 flat-rate shipping, or purchase 12+ bottles, and shipping is included. Plus, get shipping included on our 2018 Anderson Valley Pinot Noir Magnum with code MAGNUMSHIP. To check out more of our holiday recipes, go here, and if you’re looking for wines to pair effortlessly, check out our holiday packs where shipping is included (club discounts apply!) with code HOLIDAYSHIP at check out.
For delivery by Thanksgiving, we recommend ordering as soon as possible, with the national shipping deadline being Tuesday, November 16th and the California deadline being Sunday, November 21st.