Best Wines to Serve with Thanksgiving Meal

Planning your Thanksgiving menu and need help choosing the perfect wines? Look no further! I've curated a list of the best wines to serve with your Thanksgiving meal. 

#1 - Balance wine and food flavor intensity. #2 - Pair wine with food that shares or enhances its flavors. #3 - It's okay to be adventurous with new and unique wine-food combinations.

3 Quick Tips for Choosing Wine

-Pinot Noir -Zinfandel  -Cabernet Franc -Gamay

Red wine picks

My Favorite Red for Thanksgiving: Gamay

It's easy to find Beaujolais Nouveau (made with gamay) around Thanksgiving.  However, since Nouveau wines can be hit or miss, I suggest opting for a Cru Beaujolais for more reliable quality.

-Chardonnay -Viognier -Sauvignon Blanc -Chenin Blanc

White wine picks

My Favorite White for Thanksgiving: Chenin Blanc

Chenin Blanc, with its crisp acidity and notes of apple, pear, and citrus, pairs well with Thanksgiving staples like turkey and ham. It's a light, welcoming drink for guests upon arrival and can easily transition to the meal if not finished beforehand.

-Prosecco -Cava -Sparkling rosé

Sparkling wine picks

My Favorite Sparkling for Thanksgiving:  Prosecco

Prosecco, with its subtle sweetness and balanced acidity and fruit, complements dinner elegantly while its effervescence cuts through the richness of traditional Thanksgiving dishes.

-Sauternes -Port -Late Harvest Riesling

Dessert wine picks

My Favorite Dessert Wine for Thanksgiving:   Late Harvest Riesling

I fell in love with Late Harvest Riesling during a trip to the Finger Lakes in NY.  Unlike a dry riesling, the grapes are left on the vine longer to produce a higher sugar content resulting in a sweeter wine.

For more details about these wine pairings for Thanksgiving - see the full blog post article below. 

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