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8 Wines for your Thanksgiving Feast

Picking the best Thanksgiving Day wines can be tricky for a number of reasons. Not only are there thousands of bottles to choose from, but sometimes it seems everyone in your family has different tastes — red, white, or rosé, or sparkling. You focus on the food and we'll help you find the wines that work best for your entire holiday. We consider all parts of the day: your morning mimosas, your pre-dinner aperitif, the perfect wine to accentuate your turkey, and of course some wonderful accompaniments to your dessert.

 

Maybe you're having a smaller get-together this year. What does that mean for your wine choices? You can treat yourself to what YOU like instead of satisfying a larger audience!

 

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No Thanksgiving wine guide would be complete without mentioning a Pinot Noir. We like a Willamette Valley pinot for Thanksgiving because of the earthiness and well-balanced ability to pair with all side dishes and turkey.

 

91 Points, International Wine Report

"The 2018 Pinot Noir from 99 West opens with vivid aromas of raspberries, mulberries, black tea, dried spice and hints of forest floor nuances that all take shape in the glass. The palate is round and generous, showing a flavor profile of wild berries, spices and hints of earthy mineral nuances that come together and linger nicely on the finish."

You may have read that Zinfandel is an ideal Thanksgiving wine. Did you know that Primitivo (from Italy) and Zinfandel are nearly the same grape? The red fruit notes and jamminess are a perfect match for dark meat turkey and cranberry sauce. We love this massive value out of Southern Italy.

 

91 Points, International Wine Report

"The Danti Primitivo instantly opens to lovely aromatics of macerated cherries, ripe figs and raisins woven together with hints of wild herbs and licorice. On the palate this is medium-bodied and seamless with a gorgeous silky texture and glides effortlessly through the finish. Simply put, this easy going Primitivo is quite delicious and drinking beautifully."

Red blends are another easy choice for Thanksgiving due to their flexibility with food. We picked this lovely red from the Rhone Valley in France. The palate is harmoniously balanced, fresh and supple. If turkey is the lead singer, the layers of fruit in this wine are like the best backup vocals of all time.

 

94 Points, Decanter

"Expressive, ripe nose. Really fleshy and luscious on the palate, with lovely freshness; this has good concentration and some charm. A generous style with a long finish."

Rosé is not just a summer sipper! Crisp rosés offer tremendous acidity and fruit to balance your dinner plate. This could be a great choice to start drinking right before the meal and into the opening courses. This Quinta de Cabriz Rose from Portugal is a spectacular value.

 

90 Points, Wine & Spirits Magazine

"Distinct pinkish color, intense odor of fresh red berries, predominantly cherries, strawberries, blueberries and raspberries. Fruity flavor, distinct volume, silky, persistent and lasting."

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Chardonnay will be another popular choice for Thanksgiving. This white comes to us from Burgundy which is known for their legendary Chardonnay. This is a classic, well balanced Chardonnay that will shine all meal long.

 

90 Points, International Wine Report

"Maison Deux-Fleurs Mâcon-Villages opens to inviting aromas of lemon zest and citrus fruits which are joined by acacia blossom and minerals. On the palate this possesses wonderful textural richness with a lovely round mouthfeel which makes its extremely appealing. Showing nice overall balance, this continues to impress all the way through the pleasing finish."

Don't love Chardonnay? Try a New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc. The high acidity, tropical fruits, and zippiness will keep your palate refreshed between each bite. Another great choice for a pre-dinner aperitif. Fans of Kim Crawford need to give Avra a try.

 

91 Points, International Wine Report

"Aromas of gooseberries, lychee, starfruit, and kumquat all take shape in this this racy Sauvignon Blanc. In the palate this is bright and vibrant, driven by high acidity that provide incredible freshness and energy. A gorgeous wine that is drinking beautifully."

It's nearly impossible not to love this Pinot Grigio considering the taste and the price for a 1.5L bottle! Remarkably drinkinable and pleasant. Crisp stone fruits and minerality will keep you coming back sip-after-sip. Keep this chilled and get ready for everyone asking where you found this one!

 

Winemaker's Notes

A fresh, fruit forward, delicate Pinot Grigio from the Veneto region of Northern Italy. Fermented in stainless steel to maintain it's clean, easy-drinking approachability. The perfect cocktail wine and ideal with anything from seafood to chicken to pork.

Prosecco would be a great addition to the Thanksgiving table. Ether as an aperitif, with a deep-fried turkey, or even with pumpkin pie. This new arrival from Acinum is "Extra Dry" - meaning, it's dry, but not as dry as a Brut. Your new go-to for mimosas or Aperol Spritz's!

 

Winemaker's Notes

Yellow in color with greenish reflections. On the nose it displays a fruity bouquet with aromas of green apple and pink grapefruit. A smooth, crispy, extremely elegant palate with a long, fresh and tasty finish. Excellent as an aperitif or with fish dishes.

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