Thanksgiving Wine Suggestions
1. Thanksgiving is a marathon, not a sprint. Pace yourself.
Do so by seeking out lower alcohol wines - and smaller servings of turkey and sides! - which allow you to indulge throughout the day. Some of our best examples? Consider starting the day with lower alcohol bubbles, or with still wines like Chinon, Beaujolais, Pinot Noir, Riesling, Muscadet, Sauvignon Blanc, or Pinot Grigio.
2. Since we mentioned bubbles...
Not only should you celebrate with bubbles, they also make for an inventive yet safe choice for pairing with your turkey and fixin's. Bubbles go with everything - from the fatty and salty to the savory, all which you'll find on any holiday table. We humbly suggest trying a sparkling rose with your meal and enjoying how well it compliments mom's turkey and all the side dishes, especially the stuffing. Trust us.
3. Red or White? Pair for the sides.
Not up for bubbles? Here's where wine pairing becomes fun. Turkey itself is a blank canvas - until we consider the sides that accompany it. Remember, most traditional Thanksgiving dishes have either a sweet side to them - for those seek out fruit driven wines with little tannins and moderate alcohol. Or a savory side - seek out whites with citrus fruit flavors and herbal tones.
4. Thinking Thanksgiving. Think America!
Thanksgiving is the ideal holiday to showcase the best that our great winemaking country has to offer. Numerous choices, by the way, from California, Oregon, and Washington State. Even Illinois! Why stop at wine pairings? Here are our best beer and spirits pairings for your Thanksgiving dinner.