Scroll down to browse our top choices for delicious Thanksgiving wines.
This Thanksgiving may not be like the rest of them, but if doing things, the same way that they’ve always been done means pairing a dry Riesling or Pinot Noir with the turkey then maybe it is time to change things up…
Perhaps the gathering won’t be as large this year, but that doesn’t mean that your meal should be any less delicious. If you want to move on from the easy pairing choices (and everything else in 2020), we have some great recommendations for you…
Soave, as the name indicates, is a smooth, versatile white that gets a bad rep thanks to earlier versions that didn’t offer much character. Modern offerings have this great blend of nutty notes, with savory lemon zest and touches of chamomile tea.
Foral de Melgaço Old Vines Alvarinho Vinho Verde – $15.99
This isn’t the Vinho Verde you grew up knowing. Unlike the ever-so-popular blue labeled bottle you are probably thinking of, this Vinho Verde is 100% Alvarinho (Albariño in Spain). A grape that balances the riper notes of honeydew melon and peach with grapefruit and kumquat. The acidity is well-balanced and doesn’t take away from the flavor, rather adds depth to it.
Gobelsburg Gruner Veltliner leans towards minerality rather than fruit. Although stone fruit notes, like apples, peaches, and pears are present, the added notes of limestone and slate give this wine the needed acidity to lift the weight of a Thanksgiving feast.
Sokol Blosser Estate Pinot Gris Willamette Valley – $15.99
For those that don’t know, Pinot Gris is Pinot Grigio but done the French versus the Italian way. Where Pinot Grigio has more Georgia peach, Pinot Gris has Granny Smith apples. Sokol Blosser is an estate-grown Pinot Gris that has so much character. Citrus fruits, some stone fruits, and touches of green tea make this a winner at Thanksgiving.
This mildly oak-barrel-aged Chardonnay is one of the best California-meets-Burgundy Chardonnays we have. Mild oak meets tropical fruits and ends on a high note of fresh, mouth-watering acid.
Pine Ridge Chenin Blanc/Viognier California – $12.98 (sale)
You may not like sweet wines, but do not stop reading. This off-dry, soft white attracts even the snobbiest of wine drinkers because its sweetness is not the focus. This blend showcases pretty notes of lilacs, white peaches, grapefruit zest, and chai tea.
We may consume rosé wine seasonally, but the rest of the world enjoys it year-round. Why? Because it is still just as good in the fall and winter as it was in summer. This Aix style tends to be richer and have fuller flavor than those from the broader Provencal region. There is also the slightest touch of tannins to give the freshness of this Rosé longevity.
Reverdito Langhe Nebbiolo ‘Simane’ – $17.99
Nebbiolo has so much potential, but like Pinot Noir, it can be a delicate wine. The Simane is somewhere in between. There are notes of reduced pomegranate, saddle leather, and black truffles that are complemented by the natural acidity that livens up the wine.
Pomino is a tiny Italian DOC located between Tuscany and Emilia-Romagna. Owned by two families, Pomino marries the rich flavors from Emilia with the bright acidity of Tuscany. This wine has tons of sour cherry flavors that are complemented by clove and touches of iron; a match made in heaven when paired with Thanksgiving dinner.
Chateau Moulin de Curat Puisseguin-St-Emilion – $13.99
There is nothing traditional about pairing wines from Bordeaux with Thanksgiving dinner, but we went over that bridge a while ago. This Merlot-based blend is restrained enough to be an excellent pairing for this year’s festivities. The Merlot adds the necessary fruit to harmonize with the sweeter side dishes, while the Cabernets (Franc and Sauvignon) add the depth and acidity to go up against the bird.
We are never letting go of Rioja with Turkey. The broader notes of cassis and cherries blend so well with aged-tobacco and sage. The turkey and the fixings enhance the balance of fruit to spice and acidity of the Allende Rioja.
Ferraton Pere & Fils Cotes-du-Rhone ‘Samorens’ – $13.98 (sale)
This is another atypical pairing, but it works better than most want to admit. The fuller flavors and spices that Cotes-du-Rhone is known for accentuates the flavors of the gravy, giving it a chance in the spotlight.
Unlike Argentinian Malbecs, Chilean Malbecs have an added spice component that is a common feature of many red wines from Chile. This spice is the necessary component to pair Malbec with the Thanksgiving feast.
Bedrock Wine Co. Old Vine Zinfandel California – $22.98 (sale)
This is for all of the crazy people out there that will attempt to deep-fry the turkey. You will need the boysenberry, smoke, and leather notes that this exceptional wine is known for to take advantage of your hard work.
Domaine Serge Laporte Sancerre Rouge – $25.99
I am cheating a bit with this wine, but have you ever tried a Pinot Noir from Sancerre? Unlike Burgundy and Oregon, whose Pinots have an earthy characteristic, Sancerre Rouge is bright. Imagine fresh-off-the-bush raspberry. This wine is precise with fined-tuned acidity that makes you go back for a second or even a third glass.
There you have it, a list of fantastic new wines to try. Of course, we’ve got dozens of Pinot Noirs, dry Rieslings and anything else you can think of. Stop in or order ahead and have a Happy Thanksgiving!