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!
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.
2Five Pillars Red Blend
From the Red Mountain Region in Washington, this wine has flavors and aromas of dark black and blue fruit. It has complex textures and strong tannins.
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.
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.
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.
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.
6Duckhorn Sauvignon Blanc
Savor flavors of lemon curd, peach, white grapefruit and a touch of stone fruit and citrus. Flavors of fruit, herbs and citrus create a balanced taste that goes seamlessly with shellfish.
Toast What Matters Most
Take the guesswork out of your holiday wine selection this year. Our wine curators are offering up four new vintages that are perfect for toasting the season.
Luigi Bosca Insigna Range Malbec This medium-bodied red from Argentina has aromas of sour plums, morello cherries, licorice and herbs, with red plums and cherries on the palate. Pair it with peppers stuffed with white rice and mushrooms.
Vinum Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon Crafted with grapes grown in California’s prime growing regions, this flavorful cab brings rich aromas of cassis and wild huckleberry, backed by notes of vanilla, cigar box and oak spices. Its rich and supple flavors pair well with meatloaf.
Fel Anderson Valley Pinot Noir Named for winemaker Cliff Lede’s mother, Florence Elsie Lede, this California pinot noir is fruity and subtly spicy, blending ripe strawberry and red-cherry flavors with cinnamon, clove and cedar spices. Pair it with grilled pork chops.
Daou Paso Robles Chardonnay This California chardonnay is crafted in Paso Robles—known for its olive oil, almond orchards and wineries. Enjoy peach, melon and green apple flavors accentuated by tropical notes of mango, guava, pineapple and kiwi. Pair it with grilled chicken Caesar salad.