Debating the best wine to serve with your Thanksgiving feast? Don’t fret; we asked The Breakers’ Master Sommelier Virginia Philip to share her wine pairing recommendations.

Sippin' Advice: Thanksgiving Wine Pairing

Here are Virginia’s top wine selections to sip with your Thanksgiving meal…

White: Gewurztraminer from California or Alsace, France

This medium bodied spicy white wine is a perfect match for Thanksgiving turkey or ham and all the accompaniments. The melon, honey and apple overtones in the wine work well with sweet potatoes or yams, stuffing, mashed potatoes and green bean casserole.

White: Pinot Gris from Alsace, France or Oregon

Another excellent pairing to accompany your Thanksgiving favorites, Pinot Gris is actually the same grape as the highly consumed Pinot Grigio. So what’s the difference? The taste. Pinot Grigio stylistically is more crisp and light. Pinot Gris, grown in these warmer climates, takes on a more medium bodied weight. The complexity shifts to more intense flavors of Bosque pear, peach and apricot.

Red: Cru Beaujolais or Beaujolais-Villages from Burgundy, France

This light bodied red wine is a perfect fit for lighter fare such as turkey. Jammy Jolly Rancher flavors of red strawberry, cherry and raspberry compliment the hint of earth in the wine. Cru Beaujolais, the higher end of the two wines, can easily taste like red burgundy.

Red: Grenache from USA, France or Australia (or called Garnacha from Spain)

Another delicious red, this varietal is rich and lush with soft, spicy notes of candied red apple, lush plum and bright cherry. A Grenache blend—such as a Côtes du Rhône from France, Betts & Scholl from Australia or Bonny Doon’s from California—packs tons of juicy ripe fruits and will work well with both turkey and side dishes. 

From our family to yours, wishing you a
delicious day and a wonderful Thanksgiving! 

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From ooh-la-la engagement rings to detailed wedding bands, we love everything that sparkles. And so do our Breakers’ brides and grooms. Take a peek at some of their stunning wedding bling…

Real Wedding Inspiration: Bling Love | The Breakers Palm Beach

Photo by Braedon Photography | Mandana & Ben’s Wedding

Real Wedding Inspiration: Bling Love | The Breakers Palm Beach

Photo by Alain Martinez Photography | Amanda & Erik’s Wedding

Real Wedding Inspiration: Bling Love | The Breakers Palm Beach

Photo by Chris Joriann Photography | Brittany & John’s Wedding

Real Wedding Inspiration: Bling Love | The Breakers Palm Beach

Photo by averyhouse | Sam & Leo’s Wedding

Real Wedding Inspiration: Bling Love | The Breakers Palm Beach

Photo by KT Merry Photography | Ashleigh & Saul’s Wedding

Real Wedding Inspiration: Bling Love | The Breakers Palm Beach

Photo by Dennis Kwan Photography | Renee & Al’s Wedding

Real Wedding Inspiration: Bling Love | The Breakers Palm Beach

Photo by Alain Martinez Photography | Jaime & Gill’s Wedding

Real Wedding Inspiration: Bling Love | The Breakers Palm Beach

Photo by Ambrosio Photography | Courtney & Tyler’s Wedding

Real Wedding Inspiration: Bling Love | The Breakers Palm Beach

Photo by Sarah DiCicco Photography | Ashley & Trevan’s Wedding

Real Wedding Inspiration: Bling Love | The Breakers Palm Beach

Photo by Chris Joriann Photography | Ceason & Drew’s Wedding

Real Wedding Inspiration: Bling Love | The Breakers Palm Beach

Photo by Kat Braman Photography | Christel & Brian’s Wedding

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Photo by  Chris Joriann Photography | Marissa & Bill’s Wedding

Real Wedding Inspiration: Bling Love | The Breakers Palm Beach

Photo by Ambrosio Photography | Rachel & Christian’s Wedding

Real Wedding Inspiration: Bling Love | The Breakers Palm Beach

Photo by Nancy Cohn Photography | Michelle & Jaime’s Wedding

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It’s hard to pick just one favorite part of a wedding ceremony—aside from the kiss, the moment we love most is the bride’s grand entrance and walk down the aisle. But before she takes her first step, there are some pretty important people to kick off the ceremony processional.

Down the Aisle: Wedding Processional 101

{Photo by Munoz Photography}

So, who goes first? Our friends at BRIDES magazine shared their “Ultimate Guide to the Wedding Processional Order” and we just had to pass it along to you. Peek inside their guide…

The Bride’s Mother: The mother of the bride’s entrance signals that the processional is about to begin. Once she reaches the end of the aisle, she takes her seat to the left of the aisle in the first row. (In Jewish ceremonies, she and the bride’s father escort their daughter down the aisle together.)

The Groom: After the mother of the bride takes her seat, the groom will traditionally take his place at the head of the altar (coming in from the side of the venue). However, many couples these days choose to have the groom’s parents escort him down the aisle (then, his parents would sit to the right of the aisle in the front row).

Down the Aisle: Wedding Processional 101

{Photo by Munoz Photography}

The Best Man: The best man either walks in from the side and takes his place at the altar next to the groom, or he can walk in as the last groomsman. He may also hold the bride’s ring (or both rings).

The Groomsmen: The groomsmen open the processional as they walk down the aisle one by one. Some couples also choose to have the groomsmen and bridesmaid walk in together arm-in-arm.

Down the Aisle: Wedding Processional 101

{Photo by Chris Joriann Photography}

The Bridesmaids: During the processional, the bridesmaids walk down the aisle before the maid or matron of honor.

The Maid or Matron of Honor: Before the ceremony, the maid (or matron) of honor assists the bride with her dress, veil, and train, making sure everything looks perfect before she walks down the aisle. She then stands by the bride’s side at the altar and holds her bouquet and sometimes the groom’s ring.

The Flower Girl(s) and Ring Bearer(s): The ring bearer and flower girl precede the bride down the aisle. Traditionally, the ring bearer carries the wedding rings (or decoys, if he’s too little to be trusted with the real things), tied to a small pillow. The flower girl may carry a basket of petals, which she scatters as she walks, or a posy of flowers. After the procession is over and the rings are handed off to the best man, the children’s work is done, and they can be seated with their parents.

Down the Aisle: Wedding Processional 101

{Photo by Alain Martinez Photography}

The Father of the Bride and the Bride: The bride’s father traditionally escorts his daughter down the aisle, standing to her right. After he “gives her away” to the groom, he lifts her veil and kisses her, signifying his blessing, then takes his seat beside the bride’s mother.

Down the Aisle: Wedding Processional 101

{Photo by Christian Oth Studio}

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