How To Wow This Thanksgiving: Wine

NEW ORLEANS (WGNO) - From wine to decor, we're showing you have to impress your guests this Thanksgiving.

WGNO headed to Brady's Wine Warehouse in the Central Business District, where they told us what wines to pair with your Thanksgiving feast.

Richard Ellis of Brady's Wine Warehouse says, "Generally when you're talking about wine for Thanksgiving it's a real conundrum to the wine community because there are so many different things on the plate."

Ellis says that the turkey itself pairs well with a Chardonnay. But it's not necessary to head to the more expensive regions like Napa and Sonoma. Check out this Brenchbreak Chardonnay by Cambria which is available at Bradys Wine Warehouse for 15 dollars.

The items that pair well with a red wine are the cranberry sauce or anything heavy like the potatoes, sweet potatoes, and stuffing. A Pinot Noir is a nice match for the meal.

Finally, Ellis gave us an unusual pairing: sparkling wine. "Sparkling is not just for the new year, I would say that this is a phenomenal option. Sugar plays very well with salt."

Ellis told us the three main things to look for in a Thanksgiving wine are: low oak, high acidity, and medium alcohol content. How do you tell if your bottle meets that criterion? If the wine comes from a cooler place, it will have higher acid than if it comes from a warmer place and medium alcohol content wines typically have around 12.5 - 14.5% alcohol content.