One of the most common questions we get around this time of year is inevitably: “what wines do I pair with Thanksgiving dinner?”
Well, we’re here to help! And not only do we have a few Thanksgiving wine pairings we’d recommend, but we’ve also got a few fun pairing ideas for some of the other activities that take place this time of year… like watching football and online shopping.
So, dig in! And make sure to scroll all the way down for a Thanskgiving 6-pack deal you won’t want to miss.
Paired with: 90+ Cellars Russian River Valley Reserve Pinot Noir
The only thing more difficult than pairing wine with your Thanksgiving feast is finding one that will please everyone at your holiday table. Russian River Pinot Noir is the great unifier of the wine world. It’s a mellow, even-tempered California red that brings all of Thanksgiving’s flavors, and personalities, together.
Paired with: 90+ Cellars Willamette Valley, Oregon Pinot Noir
President Lincoln first declared Thanksgiving a national holiday in 1863. The wise president probably foresaw needing a way to bring families of differing political views together for at least one meal a year. If Lincoln was setting the Thanksgiving table today, we think he’d be putting out an Oregon Pinot Noir with the main course. Lighter and more earthy than its California cousin, the Willamette Valley Pinot is the perfect choice for a thought-provoking meal of thanks and contemplation.
Paired with: Magic Door Sancerre Rosé
Let’s face it, Aunt Sally doesn’t always cook that bird to perfection. And if you’re pretty sure that this year’s Thanksgiving turkey is going to be, yet again, on the dry side, we’d recommend opening up a bottle of dry rosé… and more specifically, our Magic Door Sancerre Rosé. There’s no question that pink wine is a major crowd pleaser, but beyond that, this French rosé has incredible freshness and lively fruit to counteract the dryness of the turkey, and the flavors will pair perfectly with all of the accoutrements on the table.
AWKWARD FAMILY GATHERINGS
Paired with: Magic Door Champagne
Sometimes, getting the extended family together can be a little, well… how should we put this… awkward. Especially before the drinking has commenced. Popping a bottle of Champagne, however, can loosen up the mood real fast. And for those of you who think that Champagne is just for New Years, think again! Champagne is delicious and fun, so why not enjoy it throughout your entire holiday season. Starting with Thanksgiving dinner. It’s the perfect wine to wet the palate and get it ready for the big meal ahead.
Paired with: Iron Side RED
Thanksgiving time is football time. The time to hunker down on the couch with the friends and fam and kick back to your favorite back-to-back-to-back NFL or college games. Perhaps many will opt for beer in this scenario, but we recommend mixing it up with a big, powerful California red wine that you can sip on all game long. Our Iron Side Red is just the ticket; full-bodied and larger than life, this red is full of grit, finesse and game day machismo. Good enough for a fine restaurant but more comfortable at a tailgate… just like you.
Paired with: 90+ Cellars Prosecco
Pop while you shop. That’s our motto this year. Fancy boutiques sometimes hand out glasses of bubbly while you peruse their store, so why not bring the luxury shopping experience home to your laptop as you pop open a bottle of Prosecco and pour yourself a glass of sparkle. If you have any left over (which we doubt you will), serve it up in some Prosecco cocktails.
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