The holiday season is in full swing. Whether I’m excited about that or not, I am thankful that this season generally means we spend more time with friends and family and more time celebrating. At my house, no feast is a feast without some wine to pair. But what to get? Here are some Thanksgiving wine suggestions:
Bubbles are always the perfect choice for any occasion, but even more so for festive ones. Champagne, Cava, Prosecco, or Sparkling Wine from anywhere goes with any food. It’s a pairing decision you’re guaranteed to get right. It’s perfect to start the meal, to cleanse the palate after gravy, or to bring out the brighter notes in cranberries.
Gewürztraminer (geh-vurts-treh-me-ner) may be intimidating to say but I love how it surprises people. Super expressive aromatics (it smells sweet) go so well with all the Thanksgiving meal aromas. It’s a bigger bodied white wine pairing well with turkey and herbed stuffing.
My tastes tend towards classic cars, classic rock, and classic wines. It doesn’t get any more classic than drinking Beaujolais in the fall. A delicately beautiful wine made from the Gamay grape in the Beaujolais region of France, just south of Burgundy. It’s perfect for turkey and pork while soft enough for lighter dishes. Plus, it’s crowd friendly and makes you look like a pro.
Speaking of crowd friendly, Pinot Noir is always my go-to wine when picking for groups. It works for people who like lighter and fuller bodied wines. Low tannins and soft fruit make it a perfect Thanksgiving pairing.
Sometimes Thanksgiving calls for something a little heavier and more adventurous, like prime rib or lamb! For these times I like to pull out a Syrah or a Rhone Blend (usually Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre). These bolder wines are perfect for meaty dishes or for that uncle who only drinks Cabernet.