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Perfect wine pairings for your favorite Thanksgiving entrées.

The Best Wines for Your Thanksgiving Feast

We know vino reigns supreme when it comes to Thanksgiving libations, so we tapped our wine experts to give us the low down on perfect pairings for the occasion.

If you’re looking for a wine to carry you through your Thanksgiving spread from start to finish, you can’t go wrong with a bubbly brut. Champagne or a sparkling wine is phenomenally versatile and contains just the right amount of acidity and crispness, making it an effortless pairing to take you from appetizers to dessert. Traditionally, Pinot Noir is the top wine to pair with turkey because it’s usually lighter than a cabernet or merlot, and its earthy, berry flavors match well with poultry. It’s also a good idea to have both a red and white wine with dinner to please everyone’s palates.

Whether you prefer red, white, pink or sparkling, and no matter what main entrée you’re serving, our experts have curated their top five favorite wines for Thanksgiving to help guide you. Sip, sip, hooray!

Belle Glos Las Alturas Pinot Noir

1Belle Glos Las Alturas Pinot Noir

Deep ruby red in color, this Pinot Noir offers intriguing aromas of ripe plum, sun-warmed blackberries and a hint of licorice. On the palate, dark red fruits are balanced by a touch of vanilla and cedar oak.

PAIR WITH: Turkey >> Let’s talk turkey. Serve our Classic Roasted Turkey or our Herb Roasted Turkey Breast With Pan Gravy with a pour (or two) of Pinot Noir like this fresh favorite.

Decoy Limited Red

2Decoy Limited Red

This bold, complex wine features a blend of Napa Valley Merlot, Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon and Tempranillo. On the palate, velvety tannins complement generous flavors of black raspberry, cherry, cassis and sweet French oak.

PAIR WITH: Spiral Sliced Honey Ham >> Our Spiral-Sliced Honey Ham is double-glazed and smoked over hickory hardwood for savory flavor. Complement the sweet, salty richness of ham with the clean, fruit flavors and aromas of this red blend.

Mumm Napa Brut Rosé

3Mumm Napa Brut Rosé

Notes of black cherry and strawberry are followed by mineral flavors leading to a crisp, dry finish.

PAIR WITH: Lamb >> Lamb makes a delicious and impressive Thanksgiving entrée. Try one of our favorite preparations - Roast Lamb With Harissa or Oven Baked Rack of Lamb. Both recipes are ideal to pair with a light, crisp wine like Mumm Napa Brut Rosé.

Austin Hope Cabernet Sauvginon

4Austin Hope Cabernet Sauvignon

Full-bodied and rich, Austin Hope Cabernet Sauvignon combines the aromas of black currants, ripe cherries and blackberries with notes of mocha and spice for a big, bold wine that’s bound to impress. Sip it alongside beef tenderloin for a showstopping pairing.

PAIR WITH: Beef >> Beef up your Thanksgiving and treat your guests to something special, like our recipe for Cider Marinated Beef Tenderloin or Garlic Herb Standing Rib Roast.

Rombauer Chardonnay

5Rombauer Chardonnay

This rich California Chardonnay features appealing aromas of peach and vanilla that are equally present on the palate, along with creamy, buttery notes and a delicate minerality. Subtle notes of apple and oak enhance pork dishes without overwhelming them.

PAIR WITH: Pork >> If you’re serving pork, you’ll want something that’s complementary—not competitive. For a foolproof pair, serve our Stuffed Crown Roast With Apple and Herbs or Pork Tenderloin With Vidalia Onion Fig Sauce with this creamy chardonnay.

Honig Sauvignon Blanc

6Honig Sauvignon Blanc

Hailing from Napa Valley wine country, this medium-body and mildly oaked sauvignon blanc is perfect for family gatherings. Flavors of fruit, herbs and citrus create a balanced taste that goes seamlessly with shellfish.

PAIR WITH: Shellfish >> Looking to freshen up your Thanksgiving spread with shellfish? We recommend our Shellfish Linguine or our Lobster Pasta With Pink Pesto Sauce.