For many of us, Thanksgiving dinner isn’t fully dressed without a glass of meal-matching wine. Whether you’re into reds, whites, blends, or bubblies, selecting the right varietal and vineyard to pair well with that turkey leg, pumpkin pie, or green bean casserole is like a fine art. To help guide you, we’re sharing some of the year’s best bottles to pair well with your Thanksgiving appetizers, mains, side dishes, and desserts.
This 100 percent estate-grown Pinot Noir from Freestone Vineyards is the ideal meat accompaniment—it goes particularly well with turkey or ham. It offers fresh fruit and floral notes mingled with spice and mineral notes to complement heavier sides like mashed potatoes and gravy.
If your host requests a bottle of sauvignon blanc, you don’t want to disappoint. This one is on the higher end of the price range for most casual wine buyers, but it’s worth every penny. It’s dense and acidic and leaves a lingering flavor at the end of the mouth, which means it’s prepared to balance the heavier dishes of a Thanksgiving feast.
With notes of berry, peppercorn, and olive, it’s clear to see why this dry and palate-lingering Cabernet Sauvignon would make an excellent pairing for your Thanksgiving dinner. It hails from the rugged mountains of Napa Valley, is totally unfiltered, and aged 17 months in a barrel. Oh—and because it’s handcrafted it’s also low in sulfites, which means less of a hangover on Black Friday.
From northern California’s farmland comes this organically grown Merlot that features the diverse natural elements from which it was cultivated. Expect subtle notes of black plum, carob, raspberries, and soulful minerality. Its soft, round nature pairs well with the richer, heartier dishes you’ll find on a Thanksgiving table.
If you’re looking for just one wine that gracefully pairs with everything you happened to pile on your plate, it’s this rosé—from Turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce, brussels sprouts, mashed potatoes—you name it. It’s made by winemaker and brewmaster Elaine St. Clair herself, in her small, one-acre vineyard and features notes of strawberry, cherry, rose petal, jasmine, and allspice.
It’s hard to find a super-dry cabernet that oozes the true flavor of an aged and expensive bottle. But this one fits the bill. It’s dark and succulent in all the right ways with flavorful impressions of black raspberries, cherries, anise, and pink peppercorns. It has just the right amount of vibrancy and a spectacularly long finish—allowing you to taste nuances of earth, tobacco, and traces of spicy seasoned oak.
If your family likes to spice up traditional Thanksgiving dishes, you’ll want a wine that offsets the heat, like this elegant and tropical Riesling. Its fruity notes make it a perfect accompaniment to main dishes, but it can also serve as a palate-cleansing aperitif.
Grenache is a great red wine for those not looking for anything super intense. It’s soft on the palate, but—be warned—it tends to be high in alcohol (though you’d probably never realize). This one is great for pairing with a Thanksgiving meal, especially spice-rubbed meats, because it features gentle notes of blossoms and crushed cherry that are not overpowering.
Your Thanksgiving wine selection wouldn’t be complete without the crisp acidity of a Chardonnay. This one delivers a mix of flavors—honeysuckle, sandalwood, and stone fruit (pleasant peach). It’s smooth and food-friendly, pairing well with anything from Turkey and stuffing to pumpkin pie and chocolate cake.
Everyone wants to drink high-quality wine, but not everyone wants to pay a hefty price for it. That’s where this wine comes in. It’s made with 100 percent Sangiovese grapes, a perfect blend of the best single vineyards in the Querciabella estate. And it’s a steal. Expect a medium-bodied flavor with aromatics of bright red cherries and strawberries.
This wine is from the oldest family-owned vineyard in California’s Sonoma Valley (we’re talking 160 years old!) It features aromas of night-blooming jasmine flowers, along with fruit-forward notes of lychee, stone fruit, and cantaloupe. Its texture is nice and rich and its finish is crisp and dry.
Not afraid to slap the bag this Thanksgiving? Go the boxed-wine route with a full-flavored Cabernet that’ll warm the bellies of all your guests. Each bag contains four bottles of wine conveniently packed into sustainable packaging. It’s juicy, rich, and pairs well with a Thanksgiving turkey.
If you’re really not messing around this Thanksgiving and are ready to shell out some dough on a super-nice (and expensive) bottle of Cabernet, go for this distinctly layered wine with notes of ripe dark plum, black currant, and sage. It’s as rich as it gets and full-bodied, so it has an expansive mid-palate and exceptionally long finish.
This rich wine features dark fruit flavors of ripe cherry and plum along with unique Asian spice accents. It also has a seasonal vibe thanks to its notes of cedar, sage, and sandalwood, and its creamy finish.
Heavier Thanksgiving food will pair well with this zesty varietal, which helps keep things light. But it will also dance well with fresh veggies, like green beans or Brussels sprouts, as well as dishes with herbs, like rosemary potatoes. Adding garlic to a dish? (Of course you are). The Blanc’s surprising complexity also slices through those bold flavors.
Of course a bottle of bubbly ought to make its way onto your Thanksgiving table (or at least your day-after boozy brunch). Cap off your feast with this light and refreshing medium-dry sparkling wine that’ll have guests saying, “cheers!” all weekend long.
This dry, warm, medium-to-full-bodied wine is scented and flavored with spicy notes of clove, nutmeg, pepper, and orange peel, which means it’ll pair perfectly with pretty much anything on your Thanksgiving table. Its bright acidity is balanced by velvety tannins so it’ll go great with heartier dishes, like turkey, as well as richer side dishes.
If Texas has a signature wine it has to be the Tempranillo—sure to ‘zing up’ any roasted Thanksgiving turkey with its plumy flavor and spicy kick. It’s relatively light in body and has a smooth finish with smoky undertones and a faint hint of brown sugar.
You might be asking, “What type of red wine is this?” Well, all you need to know is that it has the dark richness of a Cabernet Sauvignon with the boldness of a Merlot. It’s full-bodied with rich notes of fruit (and we’re not talking about the cake kind!), which is why it pairs beautifully with your Thanksgiving turkey.
For less than what you probably paid in gas to drive 10 miles to your aunt’s house, you can pick up this delectable bottle of rose. It’s rich in color and tangy in flavor with notes of raspberry and strawberry. Pair this with your Thanksgiving dessert and you won’t be disappointed.
Lean turkey deserves a pairing that will bring depth and complexity without being too overpowering. That’s what you can expect from a bottle of Stags’ Leap Viognier. It layers white peach, hints of lemongrass, and raw almonds which culminate into a long, elegant, delicately floral-spiced finish.
A fan of French wines? Don’t leave this 100% Carignan-made red off your table. It hails from the southeast corner of France where the vines themselves are over 100 years old. It naturally has herb and spice notes, as well as a cranberry-type nose that makes it a fantastic pairing with a well-seasoned turkey on Thanksgiving.
This soft Merlot features a moderate acidity with dark fruit flavors. Since it’s not too heavy on the palate, it goes well with everything from turkey and savory gravy to sweet-tart cranberry sauce. Expect a nice, long finish accented by notes of cedar and toast.
Aglianico is not a wine you’ll see on most dinner tables, but it’s worthy of a spot—especially for a celebratory occasion such as Thanksgiving. It’s often called “the Barolo of the South,” thanks to its floral aromas, strong acidity, heavy tannins, and savory minerality. The high acidity will bring out the flavors in a meaty dish like turkey or chicken.
Willamette Valley in Oregon is 150 miles long and is known for its world-class wine, especially Pinot Noir. This one has bright red fruit flavors and a matching acidity that goes well with a variety of dishes (the heartier the better, since its acidity cuts right through).
Be the talk of the dinner table for bringing the most beautiful bottle of wine. It comes in an all-glass bottle (even the cork!) and a label reminiscent of warmer weather. Inside, you’ll find a slightly aged rosé that enhances the flavors of any course on Thanksgiving—from a cheese platter at hors d’oeuvres to the main event, turkey and stuffing, and even a delicious piece of cake or pie for dessert.
If you’re looking to try something new, go for this just-released, limited-edition wine made in France’s beautiful Loire region. It’s 50 percent Chardonnay and 50 percent Chenin Blanc, deliciously crisp, sparkling with vibrant acidity and a round mouthfeel. Pair with a main course, or apple-and pear-flavored desserts.
An alternative red for the holidays, this bourbon barrel-aged red blend offers signature notes of charred vanilla which complement the richer dark meat of the turkey. Pair a turkey leg, piece of sweet potato pie or some pecan casserole with a bottle of 1000 Stories and you’ll enjoy both your dinner and your post-holiday nap equally.
In recent years this traditional Italian grape (Barbera) has found a new and flavorful home in several California wine growing regions, including Lodi. You can expect a silky, medium-bodied wine with ripe plum flavors and food-friendly acidity. It’ll go great with your turkey or any side dishes that could use a balanced flavored pairing.
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