Have your wine and eat it too this Thanksgiving

*This blog post was written in partnership with Sumac Ridge Wine 

Thanksgiving dinner with family is about so much more than just the turkey! It’s one of our favourite family dinners of the year. Each year we look forward to my mom’s delectable turkey dinner and all of the fixings. My daughters especially love grandmas oh-so appetizing stuffing and mashed potatoes. They also smother their turkey in her rich finger-licking gravy. In other words, it’s a gluttonous day for all of us. We always end up feeling like we need a nap afterward. I purposely wear stretchy pants and a loose shirt because I like to be prepared like that 😉

I’ve made a full-on turkey dinner with all the fixings twice in my life and let me tell you, I spent the entire evening before dinner and the day of the dinner in the kitchen! It’s a lot of work (which is why I still let my mom do it.) She enjoys it way more than I do anyhow.

This Thanksgiving dinner, however, I will be doing more than just showing up with stretchy pants, and a bottle of wine. In fact, I am going to be a fantastic dinner guest!

Because I’m going to…

*cue drum roll*

Prepare a side dish so we can have our wine and eat it too!! (My mom doesn’t even drink wine, but the rest of the family is really going to appreciate this one.)

Brilliant, right?

I will never be able to replicate my mom’s creamy mashed potatoes or her mouthwatering stuffing, and I don’t know how she would feel if I tried to infuse her dishes with wine. One thing I can recreate however is her cranberry sauce (because she has always just bought the canned one) and she never eats it. Hehe!

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My go-to wine this summer was Sumac Ridge Gewurztraminer. This fruity wine mixed with a bit of spice was the absolute perfect blend on a hot summer day!  I’m so elated I can continue to enjoy it this fall and eat it on Thanksgiving with my family too 😉

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If you’re looking for an easy to prepare “booze infused” Thanksgiving dish, below I’m sharing my Sumac Ridge Gewurztraminer Cranberry Sauce

Sumac Ridge Gewurztraminer Cranberry Sauce

*Makes roughly 3 cups


  • 350g frozen cranberries
  • 400ml Sumac Ridge Gewurztraminer
  • 200g sugar
  • 1 cinnamon quill
  • 4 cloves
  • Peel of 1 lemon


  1. Place all ingredients in a saucepan and heat over a medium-high heat.
  2. Bring to the boil and then leave to simmer for 15-20 minutes until the berries have softened and melded with the other ingredients.
  3. Leave to cool slightly, remove your cinnamon quill and cloves, then serve.

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I’m so excited because my wine infused recipe is going to be on a tear away flyer at participating Save On Foods locations! Head to Save on Foods stores to get yourself a bottle of Sumac Ridge wine and all the ingredients you need for my Sumac Ridge Gewurztraminer Cranberry Sauce!

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It feels so good on the inside when I attempt to try something new and it feels even better when I can share this with others.

I’m grateful for the opportunities and partnerships this blog has brought my way and this Thanksgiving I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart for following along as I strive to create a life that feels good on the inside.

Happy Thanksgiving, friends.

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*Photo credit: Milk Creative Communications 

4 thoughts on “Have your wine and eat it too this Thanksgiving

    1. Thanks so much for checking out the recipe! The photographer did an awesome job. I don’t think I would have been able to make this cranberry sauce look that good! LOL

      So happy you’re going to try and recreate this. I hope you like it!

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