Best Wines to Serve at Thanksgiving Dinner

November 18, 2019


A delicious meal deserves a delicious wine

From cooking a turkey to finding a foolproof pumpkin pie recipe to choosing the perfect table settings, there are many important considerations to take into account when hosting Thanksgiving dinner for your family and friends. But when you’re hosting the meal in Napa or Sonoma, few things matter more than picking the right wine. Here are two of our top recommendations that are sure to impress your guests:

Pinot Noirs

Pinot Noir is known for being a fruit-forward wine (think red berry or tart cherry flavors) with earthy undertones. Because Pinot Noirs are generally light- to medium-bodied, they pair perfectly with turkey without overwhelming it. (Entertaining experts recommend steering clear of heavy wines that may cause drowsiness during the Thanksgiving festivities, so Pinot Noir is a great middle-ground.)

The Calera Santa Cruz Mountains Pinot Noir Muns Vineyard ($48) is a certain crowd-pleaser for anyone who loves dark fruit flavors with a nuanced finish. Sourced from a mountain vineyard, the wine has notes of blackberry, blueberry, and cracked pepper.

If you’re looking for a more affordable alternative, we’d recommend the Deloach Pinot Noir, which retails at around $10 per bottle. It’s a light-bodied wine with a medium finish and offers balanced notes of bing cherry, strawberry, and spice.

Sparkling Wines

If you’re looking for a party pleaser, sparkling wines are sure to do the trick. Not only do sparkling wines bring fun flair to any holiday meal, but they also pair well with every course. Since they are generally quite acidic, they complement everything from salty starters to decadent desserts. Light and crisp, sparkling wines are perfect for Thanksgiving toasts as well.

Start off the evening with a bottle of Bugey Cerdon Rose ($20), which is made in the foothills of the French Alps. Dry and crisp, the Champagne-like sparkling rosé is made from Gamay and Poulsard grapes. It also contains hints of strawberries and forest berries.

For a fun alternative, try Tasmanian Rose. Jansz Premium Brut Rose Tasmania ($20) is a pale salmon-colored wine with hints of citrus, toast, and strawberry on the nose.

Of course, if you live in Napa or Sonoma then you definitely don’t have to limit yourself to just one or two types of wine. Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Grigio, and Zinfandel are other great alternatives, and Port pairs perfectly with dessert.

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