If you’re looking to take your Thanksgiving table to the next level, look no further than wine. The perfect wine pairings for your Thanksgiving dinner can make all the difference in the world when it comes to a special gathering.
From appetizer pairings to the main course and beyond – we’ve got you covered! Now, all you have to worry about is keeping an eye on that turkey.
Here are 6 of our favorite Thanksgiving wine pairings:
Prosecco: “The Ringer”
When you sit down at the Thanksgiving table, you know you’re in for the long haul. Thanksgiving dinner is a big meal filled with a variety of flavors. Add the appetizers and desserts, and you’ve got yourself a real palatal challenge!
The answer, however, is very simple: Prosecco. This dry Italian sparkler is extremely versatile when it comes to food pairings, and can be enjoyed with just about anything you’ll face on Thanksgiving day. But, perhaps even more importantly, this sparkling crisp acidic wine acts as a great palate cleanser to kick off a meal, move between stages of the dinner, or refresh your mouth for the next course. Plus, Prosecco is great for celebrations. Just pop the cork, pour, and watch smiles wake up around the table! (+PLUS try some festively delicious Prosecco Sparkling Cocktail Recipes here!)
Russian River Valley Pinot Noir: “The Crowd Pleaser”
Pinot Noir is another versatile wine when it comes to food pairings. It’s light enough that it won’t overpower dishes, but many Pinots (especially those from California) have an abundance of bright fresh fruit that compliments many flavors so well. Pinot Noir and turkey is a classic pairing. It’s not going to bend minds with creativity, but it will please everyone around the table. Especially if that Pinot Noir is a great Pinot Noir.
Our recommendation is Lot 75 Reserve Pinot Noir from Russian River Valley. As one of the premier Pinot Noir regions in the country, Russian River Valley will impress even the wine geeks around the table. And, with an average price well over $25, you’ll be the only one who knows you spent less than $20 for that bottle!
Sancerre: “The Elegant White”
Every Thanksgiving dinner table needs a white wine. Period. It needs a red wine too. But you really should have both to offer up your guests. We recommend foregoing the buttery Chard for something crisp, bright and acidic with an elegant demeanor. A sure bet: Sancerre.
Sancerre wines come from the region of Sancerre in Loire Valley, France and are made from the Sauvignon Blanc grape. The Sauvignon Blanc produced here is the purest and arguably most elevated form of Sauvignon Blanc in the world. It’s a special wine that’s suitable for the Thanksgiving table, and its clean, bright flavors will pair splendidly well with turkey and mashed potatoes.
Barbera: “The Italian-Lover’s Turkey Wine”
Barbera is one of Piedmont Italy’s preeminent grapes, and it’s an exceptional food wine. What makes it exceptional for food is its bright fruit, freshness and acidity. Also, it’s a medium body wine with enough depth to hold up to flavorful foods, but it’s restrained and balanced so it won’t overpower them either.
Barbera is the kind of red wine you could drink for hours without getting palate fatigue. And for similar reasons, it’s a great companion for a long, seemingly never-ending Thanksgiving dinner.
Sancerre Rosé: “The Holiday Rosé”
Whoever told you that rosé is just for warm summer months clearly is off-trend. Rosé, dear friends, is a wine for all seasons; and it’s especially fantastic on the Thanksgiving dinner table.
This particular rosé we are recommending–Magic Door Sancerre Rosé–is made from Pinot Noir grapes from the cool climate region of Sancerre in France’s Loire Valley. So, you get a dry rosé, high in acidity, with bright berry fruit and nice minerality. All of which pair very well with Turkey and its side dishes. Add some cranberry sauce to the mix, and this rosé is a match made in heaven.
Also, everybody loves rosé. So it’s a win/win.
Riesling: “The Other White Wine”
Riesling often gets left behind in conversations about white wine. It’s Chardonnay this, Pinot Grigio that, Sauvignon Blanc… blah blah. But Riesling is, after all, Germany’s greatest contribution to the wine world. And it’s also, perhaps, Germany’s greatest contribution to Thanksgiving.
Yes, Riesling is an ideal Thanksgiving wine; with good acidity, lower alcohol and plenty of fall-friendly flavors (like apple and citrus and light touches of honey sweetness). Riesling also has body and texture that can stand toe-to-toe with rich meats and slightly sweeter Thanksgiving dishes. Sweet potatoes? Serve it up with a refreshingly juicy, slightly sweet Riesling. Done and done!
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