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.
2Harvey & Harriet Red Blend
Created by Eric Jensen of Booker Vineyard, this Bordeaux blend offers aromas of candied blueberries, orange blossoms and spice leading to flavors of bold cherry, mixed berry and a hint of espresso.
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.
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.