Planning a Memorable Thanksgiving Dinner

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Planning a Memorable Thanksgiving Dinner

Thanksgiving is one of our favorite holidays here at Liberty Vineyards — for us it is a great time to be Thankful for the recent harvest and our other blessings. It is a time to celebrate with great wine, great food and loved ones. Here are some of our favorite wines and recipes for the Thanksgiving holiday:


Make your Thanksgiving memorable with Liberty wine!


Cat Noir is slightly sweet and pairs well with cheeses and appetizers. Its a good wine to serve before you sit down for turkey. Sparkling Riesling is another great wine to serve before dinner – it brings a festive, celebratory touch to your gathering. Or, do something completely unexpected and serve our Cool Cat with this fabulous Sweet ‘n Savory Cheese Ball for your appetizer course. While we usually save Cool Cat for dessert, it also pairs really well with this delicious cheese ball that features an awesome combination of flavors!

Sweet ‘n Savory Cheese Ball

One of our most-loved Lake Erie Wine Country event recipes. With an unexpected blend of savory and sweet flavors, this cheeseball is the perfect appetizer for a dinner party. Enjoy with a glass of Liberty Vineyards Cool Cat wine

  •  (1) 8-ounce package cream cheese (softened)
  • 6 ounces blue cheese crumbles
  • 1/3 cup dried blueberries (dried cherries or dried cranberries may be substituted)
  • 2 green onions, finely minced
  • 1 clove garlic, finely minced
  • 1/2 cup pecans, chopped

To plump dried berries, put in bowl and cover with boiling water.  Let sit one minute then drain.

Blend together softened package of cream cheese and blue cheese. Then blend in the green onions and garlic.  Gently stir in softened berries.   Form mixture into a ball.  Roll in chopped pecans to coat.  Chill at least 4 hours to allow flavors to blend.  Remove from refrigerator at least 1/2 hour to soften before serving. Serve with assorted crackers and Liberty Vineyards Cool Cat wine.

(Serves approx. 16)


Make a full-size cheese ball for your Thanksgiving Dinner, or make individual portions, as shown here, for a casual holiday buffet.


The varied Thanksgiving menu can sometimes make wine pairing for the holiday a little difficult, but we have selected a number of food-friendly wines to pair with the Turkey and other items on your Thanksgiving table. Traminette is our favorite for the holiday. Its semi-dry with light floral and spice notes, so your wine won’t get lost against the flavors of the turkey, stuffing and other dishes. Riesling is another great choice – it is one of our favorites with turkey and is also nice to enjoy with a leftover turkey sandwich! Diamond and Trifection are both very popular semi-sweet white wines; they are a perfect to serve guests who prefer slightly sweet wines. If you have guests at your Thanksgiving table that would rather sip a red wine, break the tired “red with beef, white with poultry” rule and serve Marquette, which is delicate enough to pair with turkey, yet bold enough to please the red wine lover in your family. Wow your guests by pouring them a cordial glass of Cool Cat after dinner. This late-harvest wine features strawberry and cranberry notes and is made from grapes picked in December. If you have a chocolate-lover in the house, consider pouring Chocolette instead. While pumpkin pie is the traditional dessert of Thanksgiving, this recipe for Pumpkin Spice Crunch Bars is very yummy and is perfect treat for a casual Fall get-together:

Pumpkin Spice Crunch Bars

These bars are perfect to bring along to a Fall party. Enjoy with a glass of Cat Noir.

  • 1 can (16 oz) solid pack pumpkin
  • 1 can (12 oz) evaporated milk
  • 3 eggs
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 4 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1 cup butter, melted
  • 1 package yellow moist cake mix (can substitute a gluten-free yellow cake mix to make this recipe gluten free–check packaging to be sure that all of your other ingredients are gluten free)
  • whipped cream

Preheat oven to 350ºF. Grease bottom of 13x9x2 inch pan.

Beat pumpkin, evaporated milk, eggs, sugar, pumpkin pie spice and salt in large bowl with electric mixer until combined. Pour into pan. Sprinkle dry cake mix evenly over pumpkin mixture; top with nuts. Drizzle with melted butter.  Bake 50-60 minutes or until golden. Cool completely. Serve with whipped cream and a glass of Liberty Vineyards Cat Noir. Refrigerate leftovers.

Makes 15 to 20 servings.

Recipe for pumpkin spice crunch bars paired with Liberty Cat Noir

We hope these tips will help you create a wonderful meal for family and friends. We’d like to hear from you too–share your Thanksgiving traditions, recipes and pairings featuring Liberty wines with us at [contact-form subject='[Liberty Vineyards %26amp; Winery’][contact-field label=’Name’ type=’name’ required=’1’/][contact-field label=’Email’ type=’email’ required=’1’/][contact-field label=’Website’ type=’url’/][contact-field label=’Comment’ type=’textarea’ required=’1’/][/contact-form]