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Perfect Pairings: Green Bean Casserole

By Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl
Created January 10, 2017
Thanksgiving’s classic dishes meet their ideal drink match.

Smart people don’t talk politics at the Thanksgiving dinner table—and they don’t ask wine critics about pairing wine with green bean casserole. Oh, the horror! The vegetal green beans, the creamy mushroom soup, the crispy dark onions—nothing can go with all of that. Nothing, nothing! (Cue wine critic rushing into the kitchen, sobbing, followed by family’s awkward silence, dissolved by tentative observations about the weather.) 

Actually, there is one thing: Argentina’s white wine, torrontés. Pronounced tor-RON-tays, this white wine has been growing in popularity in the U.S. due to one beautiful quality: Lemons. It’s all about the bright acidity of lemons and the quaffable, drinkable qualities of lemonade. 

Quite a few are now available in local shops and grocery stores, so look for Alamos’ fine version, which marries a bit of jasmine blossom to its zippy lemon qualities; the one from Crios which is more succulent and fleshy; or the one from Tilia which has nicely herbal notes. All of these should be priced in the $10–16 range, undervalued, in this critic’s opinion, probably because the wine is little known to the greater public, keeping the price down. 

 Who knows? With all the money you save on wine you could invest in a professional mediator in case Great Uncle Cass decides to tell you what he really thinks about a certain election.