Turkey, wine and feeling fine. If you love wine and aren’t part of WineText yet, keep reading for the best WineText review. This year, we celebrated our 7th annual Friendsgiving with WineText. Buying wine doesn’t have to be intimidating or break the bank. With WineText, you can order delicious wines at discounted prices with a single text. We are excited to share our Friendsgiving and the best WineText review with you.
Best WineText Review: What is WineText?
You’re the wine that I want. WineText is powered by WineLibrary. We have been ordering wine for holidays, parties and dinners from WineLibrary for years. Ordering wine from WineText is an easy two step process. First you sign up on the website and enter your contact info and payment details. It takes less than two minutes. Then you’ll receive a text message everyday around noon with a wine special. You just reply with the number of bottles that you want to order.
Shipping for a case is free or $6 for less than a case. These wines are discounted, up to 70% off. Yes, we even price checked the wines on the Vivino App. The text message also includes third-party reviews from Wine Enthusiast, Wine Spectator and other wine gurus, so your homework and wine research is almost already done for you. One problem: you might just keep ordering daily because the wine deals are fantastic. Keep reading for the best WineText review.
Best WineText Review: How to Order Holiday Wines from WineText
I need to re-wine my life. Who doesn’t love getting wines at a discount, right? We asked our guests to bring their favorite wine from WineText and we paired the wines with our pumpkin themed Friendsgiving menu. Since wine is personal, we thought it would be fun to see what wines guests chose and how they paired with each course. Our Twinsgiving was a lot of fun and WineText helped ensure that we had spectacular wines all night long. If you can send a text, you can order from WineText. Our father even joined and ordered wine from WineText.
How to Select a Friendsgiving Theme ?
Let’s give em pumpkin to talk about. Since we do a traditional Thanksgiving with our family, we put a twist on our Friendsgiving menus. This year, we created a pumpkin themed menu. Every course and side dish featured pumpkin (except the turkey and donuts). In the past, we hosted:
- Bee/Honey Friendsgiving
- Squash Friendsgiving
- Orange Ingredient Friendsgiving
- Friendsgiving with Wine Pairings
- Modern Friendsgiving
- Traditional Friendsgiving
Whatever theme you choose, you can find wines on WineText to pair with your menu.
Best WineText Review: How to Decorate for a Thanksgiving Food and Wine Pairing?
Having a gourd time. Our chic Twinsgiving tablescape featured shades of burnt orange, vibrant green, silky ivory, soft peach and rustic brown. We created a backdrop with Twinsgiving gold letter balloons and dressed the table with botanical pumpkin linens, serving bowls and serving dishes. Each place setting included a gold charger plate, a white plate, pumpkin plates, botanical pumpkin napkins tucked inside a silver napkin ring, silver silverware, water glass and a wine glass.
The gourd-geous floral arrangements included golden leaves and auburn cremone mums. The arrangements matched the linens and color palette of the party perfectly. We also added gold lanterns and auburn votives.
Best WineText Review: How to Create a Thanksgiving Menu with WineText Wines?
I’m all about that baste. We created a 4-course menu featuring pumpkin and paired each dish with a WineText wine. We started with a Pumpkin Galette with Caramelized Onions, Goat Cheese, Sage and Crushed Red Pepper. The secret ingredients are brown butter in the filling and cold butter for the dough. Scroll to the bottom for the recipe.
Let’s get basted. We paired the savory galette with the 2018 Jaffurs Viognier from Santa Maria Valley. This crisp, medium bodied wine features citrus, tangerine, and floral aromatics as well as notes of pear and red apple.
I don’t complain. I just wine. The Viognier has a light yellow color and its light acidity paired nicely with the buttery, flakey Galette. This wine retails for over $30, but we purchased it as part of WineText annual 11/11 sale. During this once a year sale, you order a mystery case and every bottle is $11.11. This bargain wine was a home-run and an excellent way to kick off our Friendsgiving dinner.
What’s cookin, gourd lookin’. Next, we served a pumpkin pasta with pumpkin and butternut squash sauce. We started with a store-bought sauce and added butter, onions, garlic, chicken stock, thyme, rosemary, sage and crushed red pepper.
Great minds drink alike. We paired the pasta course with a Fritz Salomon Grüner Veltliner. This golden yellow Austrian wine drinks like a Sauvignon Blanc. It has notes of yellow tropical fruits, honey and nuts. This wine was also part of the 11/11 special and retails for at least double the price.
Talk turkey to me. Our main was a roasted turkey breast, which our friend Beth brined overnight and baked for several hours. We popped it in the oven during the pasta course so that it would be the right temperature for dinner. It was perfectly cooked.
How have you bean? We served the roasted turkey with Roasted Pumpkin with Green Beans and Balsamic Dressing.
Our second side was pumpkin, mashed potatoes. We followed a recipe that honestly didn’t work at all, but we fixed it by adding onion, butter, heavy cream and herbs. Remember with a savory recipe, you can always try to fix a recipe that didn’t work at first. The final dish was quite tasty, so we need to write down the recipe for you.
Gobble til you wobble. We paired the turkey, pumpkin and green beans and pumpkin mashed potatoes with a Pinot Noir and a Bordeaux blend. The Rusack Pinot Noir from Santa Maria Valley is the lighter option of the two red wines we served. This garnet colored wine has notes of black cherry and raspberry and sweet silky tannins. We paid ~$20 for this wine, which retails for $50.
I’ll never be bordeaux of you. The Saffredi bourdeau blend from Tuscany with Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Petit Verdot. This full bodied ruby red wine has aromas of blackberry, chocolate and black tea. This wine retails for over $100, but we were able to get it from WineText for $60. We gave our guests two wine glasses so they could try both reds with the turkey course. They were both delicious.
Go big or gourd home. We concluded our meal with pumpkin cheesecake and paired it with a champagne.
Donut stop believing. Our friend, Chris, brought some festive Thanksgiving donuts. How cute is the turkey donut?
This holiday season, whether it’s for Friendsgiving, Thanksgiving, holiday parties, Hanukah, Christmas, Kwanzaa or New Year’s Eve, consider ordering wine from WineText. It’s easy and best of all you’re just a text away from the most wine-derful time of the year. Make sure to share the best WineText review with your friends that enjoy wine.
Pumpkin Galette with Caramelized Onions, Goat Cheese, Sage and Crushed Red Pepper
- 3/4 cup all purpose flour
- 3/4 cup wheat flour
- 9 tbsp cold unsalted butter cut into cubes
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 egg
- 4 tbsp cold water
- Caramelized Onions
- 2 tsbp butter
- 2 red onions thinly sliced
- ½ tsp salt
- ½ tsp fresh thyme leaves
- ½ cup white wine vinegar
- 1/2 cup water
- 6 tbsp unsalted butter
- 1 tbsp fresh sage finely chopped, plus 8 whole leaves for topping
- 2 cups canned pumpkin puree
- 1 egg
- 1 egg for egg wash
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 cup caramelized onions
- 4 oz goat cheese
- 2 tbsp honey
- 1 tsp sea salt
- 1 tsp crushed red pepper
- Freeze butter cubes for an hour
- Mix the flour and salt in a Kitchen Aid stand mixer bowl
- Add frozen butter cubes to the flour mixture and use the dough attachment to stir
- Whisk egg and four tablespoons of cold water together, then pour it into the flour mixture
- Stir until the dough forms into a ball
- Wrap the ball in plastic and refrigerate for an hour
- Heat the butter in a pan over medium heat and add the onions.
- Season with salt, stir and then pour in ¼ cup of water
- Cover cook for 10 minutes
- Stir and cook for another 10 minutes until they become soft and the liquid evaporates
- Add thyme and white wine vinegar and cook for 30 minutes until all liquids are dissolved and the onions are a deep golden color
- Melt the butter in a sauté pan over medium heat until the butter turns brown
- Add minced sage and remove from heat
- Add the pumpkin puree to a bowl and pour the brown butter in
- Add the egg and salt, then mix until the butter is fully incorporated
- Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper
- Roll out the dough to about a square, rectangle or circle and move to baking sheet
- Spread the pumpkin mixture on dough, leaving a 2 inch border
- Add caramelized onions over the pumpkin
- Crumble the goat cheese, drizzle honey and scatter whole sage leaves
- Brush the exposed dough with the egg wash, then lightly sprinkle sea salt and crushed red pepper
- Bake for about 25-30 minutes or until the crust is golden brown
It isn’t so much what’s on the table that matters, as what’s on the chairsW.S. Gilbert