I can’t believe it, but it’s almost Thanksgiving! In light of that, I thought I would give you all some options on wine pairings for Thanksgiving dinner.
Believe it or not, there are certain wines that pair better with some of the dishes that we all know and love on Thanksgiving, then other wines do. There are a few specific types of wine that I think would go really well, no matter what brand you decide to get. But I will, of course, give you some of my favorite options:)
This post gets updated each year with my latest wine recommendations for the holiday season.
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Wine Pairings for Thanksgiving
No matter which type of wine you choose, red or white (or both!), you want to go with something that isn’t overly heavy or too rich in flavor. We all know that Thanksgiving is the time when people eat until they are as stuffed as the turkey was, so adding another heavy element in the drink department is not the best of ideas.
I’ll pick examples of some good wines that can be found at pretty much any supermarket or wine store:)
Sauvignon Blanc and Riesling are both great options for Thanksgiving. They are both lighter and usually easier in flavor, not as intense. Sauvignon Blanc is going to bring some crispness and maybe some acidity elements to the meal, which would pair really well with turkey and ham or other meats. The Riesling can lean more on the sweet or dry side, depending on which type you get. The typical fruit flavors will go well with the other fruit flavors you have from things like cranberry sauce, and both will go well with the crispness of green salads and veggie trays.
I would avoid serving Chardonnay, only because the oak and the buttery/creamy nature of this specific wouldn’t really go well with the variety of dishes and the heaviness of the meal on Thanksgiving. Also, don’t go for anything overly sweet, such as Moscato, until dessert.
The Cameron Hughes Wine Sauvignon Blanc I recommend below would be the perfect pairing for pie and for appetizers, like salads and veggies trays. The flavors of apple and melon would be a great starter wine, while being both refreshing and not overly heavy before the Thanksgiving meal.
White Wines I recommend: Cameron Hughes Sauvignon Blanc, Chateau St. Michelle Riesling, Hive & Honey Riesling, Little Black Dress Sauvignon Blanc, Chateau Crisp Sauvignon Blanc, Middle Sister Sauvignon Blan
My favorite reds to pair with the dishes that are served on Thanksgiving are Pinot Noir and Zinfandel. Pinot Noir is my top pick for wines no matter what, but it’s especially fitting for holiday meals. The smooth flavors or plum, cherries and berries that make up a Pinot Noir are in my opinion, the accompaniment to a plate of turkey, sweet potatoes and cranberry sauce. Zinfandels provide more of a sweet plum or berry jam flavor with the added bonus of some spices of notes of pepper. Again, another great pairing for the heavier side dishes where the sweet and spicy will balance out richness of a casserole or creamy mashed potatoes and homemade rolls.
I would stay away from Cabernet Sauvignon and even some Merlots. They tend to be much more intense in flavor and I think pair better with a simple meat dish, rather than the variety of flavors that come with holiday meals.
Cameron Hughes has one of the best Zinfandels I have tried in a while. The flavors of blackberry, with a hint of peppery flavor would be such a beautiful pairing for Thanksgiving dinner. You can read more about the Cameron Hughes Wines I have tried here.
Some of my favorite reds: Cameron Hughes Pinot Noir, Cameron Hughes Zinfandel, Meiomi Pinot Noir, Blackstone Pinot Noir, Lost Angel Pinot Noir, 7 Deadly Zins Zinfandel, Ravenswood Zinfandel, Carol Shelton Wines Zinfandel, Ken Wright Cellars Pinot Noir
What wine pairings for Thanksgiving will you be using for your holiday meal?
*Cheers to Thanksgiving, food and family*