Have you ever wondered what wine to pair with your Thanksgiving feast? I certainly have! There are so many dishes, making it difficult to choose a great pairing. This year, I did some research to prepare and was happy to find that there are a ton of acceptable choices based on your taste, that will complement your feast and impress your guests.
Wines.com had several great suggestions for pairing strategies. To my surprise, there are options for bubbles, red and white. Below are cliff notes to help you decide.
Here’s what they suggested for bubbles; “champagne or sparkling wine pairs remarkably well with Thanksgiving dishes from turkey to cranberry sauce to stuffing, so it can be enjoyed throughout the meal.”
Brut – for those who like their wine drier
Rosé-style sparkling wines - are slightly sweeter
Top Pick - dry sparkling Shiraz
Budget Choice – Prosecco that is slightly sweeter
WineBlock’s Suggestion – J Vineyards Brut Rose $42 This is a splurge wine that we recently tried and LOVED. It consistently receives between 90 and 92 points.
Red and White
Here’s what Wines.com suggested for red and white; “a good and simple strategy for Thanksgiving wine is to select a very good white and a very good red, offering your guests their choice.”
Red – choose soft tannins that will yield to and blend with your dishes; Pinot Noir, Syrah, a fruity Zinfandel, Merlot, Beaujolais Nouveaux or Beaujolais Grand Cru. Try asking your local wine shop for a good recommendation along these lines.
White- well-balanced acidity; Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling, Gewürztraminer, an unoaked or low-oak Chardonnay, or Viognier. Albariño or Grüner Veltliner for the more adventurous pallet.
WineBlock’s Suggestion –
Red 2015 Julia James Pinot Noir $15 A nice easy drinking wine for a good price.
White 2015 Mer Soleil Silver Unoaked Chardonnay $24 We loved this mid-priced unoaked Chardonnay.
Happy wine pairing! Enjoy your Thanksgiving Feast and time with family and friends.