Choosing a wine to pair with Thanksgiving

As Thanksgiving is fast approaching, many of you might be in the throes of getting ready for guests,  meal planning, and grocery shopping before the big day. It can be a lot to take care of – so I thought I’d give you some suggestions if you are wondering which wines to serve with the meal. 

Before dinner is served you might be offering cocktails and appetizers. You also could consider offering a celebratory bubbly – Champagne, Prosecco or a Crémant. Here is one bubbly that I often serve. This is a dry and crisp Crémant (French bubbly) with hints of citrus, pear, and apple. As it’s a Brut, that means it’s dry. This is a good value wine, often found at Trader Joe’s. Gruet’s Blanc de Noir is another good choice, and you can even serve these with the meal.

A Thanksgiving wine needs to be able to stand up and complement all of the different flavors of this meal. For example, cranberry sauce is tangy and sweet, and you would not want a wine with too much acidity or tannin.

Here are a few of the  wines that I’ve tasted, and that I’d suggest for Rosés, reds and whites. There are so many choices out there, and you might consider offering a white or rose, and a red to appeal to your guests.

For whites, I’d suggest a Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, a Viognier or unoaked Chardonnay. A dry Rosé is an another option.  For reds, consider a Pinot Noir, Grenache, Syrah










For fun, you might consider this Sparkling Shiraz!

For dessert, I’d complement that Pumpkin or Pecan pie with something sweet like a Tawny Port or Sauternes. May you enjoy your holiday, and let me know what you enjoy sipping on! Cheers!