The sweet potato has a moist texture and sweet taste that works well with a wide variety of spices and preparation styles. Baking or roasting will bring out the earthy flavor of this root vegetable, while slicing it thin and deep frying it produces salty-sweet fries. The sweet potato pairs well with a variety of wines since it is such a versatile vegetable.
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Pour gewurztraminer with roasted sweet potatoes. The taste of spiced pear in the wine stands up well against the strong, earthy flavor of the sweet potato. Another possibility is riesling; it is high in acidity, which will cut through the richness of the sweet potato. If you prefer a red wine, the moderate tannins and deep fruity flavors of zinfandel pair up well with this vegetable.
Serve a merlot with sweet potato fries. The flavors of berry, plum, spice and the sweet aftertaste complement the salty-sweet flavor of the fries.
Choose a sparkling wine, such as champagne or prosecco, if you are serving a spicy baked sweet potato casserole. Although often considered delicate, sparkling wines’ complex flavors of sparkling wines and effervescence can stand up against big-flavor dishes.
If a dish of sweet potatoes with marshmallows is an unbreakable holiday tradition in your family, do not despair. Pair up this family favorite with a cabernet sauvignon, a wine high in tannins. The wine’s tannins will tone down the sweetness of the dish.
References and ResourcesTexas A&M Extension: What's the Difference Between a Sweet Potato and a Yam?
Bellevue Local Table: Thanksgiving Wine Parings
Purple Cafe and Wine Bar: Thanksgiving Wine Pairing Ideas
ResourcesTravel Lady: Wine and Sweet Potato Fries
Grand Wine Cellar: Food and Wine Pairing Guide