Eat, Drink & Be Thankful
It's no wonder that Thanksgiving is a favorite holiday for so many people: the welcomed cooler weather, the quiet relaxing feel of the season, and the focus on family, food, and gratitude. I love Thanksgiving for all of these reasons - but today let's focus on two particular indulgences that no Thanksgiving feast is complete without: pie and wine.
Whenever possible I try to shop locally, and you don't get more local than The Rosemary Bakery and McKinney Wine Merchant. Both businesses are run by community members who are committed to McKinney and have great passion for their crafts. And that passion shows in their products. I'll be a customer of both this Thanksgiving (and probably Christmas too!)
Artisan pies from The Rosemary Bakery
The love and care that goes into The Rosemary Bakery's pies is evident - from first glance, to last bite… her pies are a treat for all of the senses. Each pie from this local McKinney baker is made from scratch with organic or local ingredients, and without any preservatives, chemicals, dyes, or corn syrup.
After spending hours roasting a turkey, planning and preparing side dishes, cleaning the house, and setting the table, who wants to add on baking dessert? Especially if you are NOT a gifted baker, like myself. To close out the great Thanksgiving feast, the Rosemary Bakery's pies will live up to everything that came before it. They are stunning (just look at those pictures) and trust me, they taste just as good as they look.
Here are 3 of The Rosemary Bakery's favorite Thanksgiving pies. You can find the full Thanksgiving pie menu here. Note that these pies are only available via pre-order, with an order deadline of 11/18. Visit the website to order and choose your pickup date.
Salted Pecan & Rosemary Pie $35
This is our staple pie. Not overly sweet, with a hint of rosemary and saltiness that hits the palate perfectly. It's a great choice for any pie lover.
(Photo credit: Lauren Rund Photography)
Apple Caramel Thyme with Dates $40
Who doesn't adore apple pie?! We use gala apples that are delicately baked with caramel, a hint of thyme, and chopped dates that are tucked in to add a beautiful texture to an already incredible pie.
Autumn Spiced Chocolate Chess $40
For all of our chocolate lovers. This chess pie is spiced with all of your favorite Autumn notes, and is layered with pomegranate seeds followed by ganache. Garnished with florals and herbs by season. *Note this pie will be garnished differently than how it is pictured.
(Photo Credit: Bailey M. Teague)
Handpicked wines from McKinney Wine Merchant
McKinney Wine Merchant has called the square its home since 2011. Andy, the owner, has a background in the culinary arts and decades of experience cultivating his expertise in all things wine. His passion for quality drives him to seek out the best options available, from all over the world. Andy blind taste tests nearly every wine sold in his shop, and will gladly talk with you about each and every one if you stop in his shop.
He has shared with us his top picks for wines to accompany your Thanksgiving meal. For each category (red, white, and sparkling) he has recommended a "value" and a "splurge" option. Be sure to visit Andy on the square, have a chat about your favorite wines, and grab a few bottles of his recommendations for you and your guests to enjoy over the holiday.
Value - Macedon Pinot Noir 2015, Macedonia - $14.99
A richly styled Pinot from an off-the-beaten-path region that’s unbeatable for the price. Black cherry and cola spice with a hint of vanilla. Macedon finishes fully and warmly with very light tannin.
Splurge - Mark Ryan Wines Red Wine “The Dissident” 2014, Columbia Valley, Washington - $39.99
A full bodied and complex Bordeaux-style blend that drinks well above its price. Smooth, inviting flavors of baked blueberry and cassis with a fine graphite note.
Value - Fault Line Sauvignon Blanc 2016, Marlborough, New Zealand - $13.99
Fault Line has been a favorite at McKinney Wine Merchant since opening in 2011. Pleasant spiced floral aromas with restrained citrus notes of lime and grapefruit. A real crowd-pleaser.
Splurge - Rombauer Chardonnay 2016, Los Carneros, California - $37.99
Widely distributed at better wine stores, Rombauer is the benchmark for California Chardonnay. Soft, creamy texture and plush tropical fruit notes that pair wonderfully with crunchy roasted turkey skin.
Value - Poema Brut Cava, Spain - $11.99
A dry sparkler produced in the traditional method that's fine enough to impress dinner guests yet affordable enough to use for Mimosas during the afternoon. Flavors of light green apple and almond.
Splurge - Champagne Varnier-Fanniere "Cuvee St. Denis" Brut Grand Cru nv - $79.99
Rich, nutty mousse and a fine thread of Meyer Lemon mark this 100% Chardonnay and elegantly packaged bubbly from Avize. Very rare - Varnier-Fanniere crafts seven cuvees totaling only about 3,000 cases per year, all from their own vineyard. By contrast, negociant Veuve Clicquot produces about 1.6 million cases annually.
I am thankful for so many things, big and small: family, health, and let's not forget great wine, delicious pie, and a charming town where I can enjoy them all. While you're eating, drinking, and enjoying time with friends and family, tag your Thanksgiving photos with #bemckinney for a chance to be featured on our upcoming We Are McKinney: November post!