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2400 Allen Street in Uptown
Dallas, Texas 75204

214-239-1990

State & Allen Kitchen+Bar is one of those Dallas neighborhood restaurants that's as real and as effortlessly fun as the people who frequent it.

A place for a quick cocktail, or impeccably prepared food accompanied by a selection from an impressive wine list.

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Wine Pairings for your Thanksgiving Dinner

State & Allen

Is your menu planned?

Did you buy a turkey yet?

But let’s talk important things like….what wine are you going to pair with that Thanksgiving feast?

 

State & Allen is here with a few recommendations that pair well with the flavors of a traditional Thanksgiving meal:

 

Grenache

You’ll want a fruity wine that can handle the savory and balance the traditional holiday flavors nicely. Grenache is a great choice because it typically gives off hints of cinnamon and cherry, along with strong fruity undertones, helping it team up with just about anything on the table. Grenache blends work well too.

 

Zinfandel

The United States makes the best Zinfandel in the world, so why not add a bottle to your Thanksgiving meal? Warm spices, fruity undertones, and hints of chocolate complement all aspects of a holiday meal.

 

Pinot Noir

Pinot Noir effortlessly blends with your holiday festivities as it boasts hints of dry herbs, cloves, citrus, and berries. Pinot Noir makes the holidays more merry and is perfect with just about any holiday meal.

 

Riesling

Riesling works better than most whites because it’s a perfect balance of fruit and acidity, which pairs well with the sweet and the savory dishes on your plate.

 

Wines to Avoid: Cabernet

While we love a good cab as much as the next guy, it just isn’t the right match for a Thanksgiving meal. Cabernets are rich in tannins, which tend to make some aspects of the traditional holiday meal taste sour.

 

Hopefully, this helps you build your Thanksgiving menu, and if you need a little wine fix in the meantime, you know where to find us! State & Allen has a huge selection of delicious red, white, and sparkling wines to take the edge off of the holiday season. Join us this week at the best restaurant and bar in Uptown Dallas!

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Wine Tasting: 4 Steps to Drinking Wine Like a Sommelier

State & Allen

At State & Allen, we love wine.

 

And we know our patrons love wine.

 

That’s why we offer Dallas wine specials on hand-selected wines from around the world. Reds, whites, sparklings, and roses – State & Allen has you covered!

 

And while many love the flavor of wine, knowing how to select the proper wine and how to sip it for optimum flavor is daunting. That’s why State & Allen is here with a few “tricks of the trade” to help you drink wine like the pros:

 

Step 1: Watch the Pour

As a wine ages, it will change colors, so often times, the color of the wine will give context to the wine's age. Red wines tend to lose vibrancy as they age, so watch the color as it’s poured to see how light or dark it is. For white wines, you’ll notice a golden color to indicate an older wine; watery yellow means it’s younger.

 

Step 2: Swirl the Wine

The main point of swirling a glass of wine is to help it breathe. Allowing a wine to oxygenate with help the flavor blossom and open up, making the wine taste better. Ready to learn the perfect swirl? Hold the glass by the stem and gently swirl it with your wrist, keeping your elbow still.

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Step 3: Smell the Wine

With hundreds of grape varieties out there, each wine or wine blend will have its own unique flavor and aroma. As you swirl, inhale and see if you smell anything particular in the wine. You can also take a small sip and deliver it to the back of our tongue and hold it there. This method will help the scent travel up to your olfactory bulbs in your nose for ease of smell and taste together.

 

Step 4: Savor Each Sip

Wine is meant to be savored. Sipping each glass slowly helps you take in the flavors and experience the full body each wine has to offer.

 

Ready to practice your wine tasting skills? Visit us at State & Allen this week for Dallas wine specials! With a fully stocked wine list, there is a wine for everyone!