Tired of pairing your Thanksgiving turkey with Pinot Noir year after year? This Thanksgiving, try some wine pairings that are a little less traditional. Here are a few of my favorites that are just as delicious as Pinot, yet not on everyone’s radar. Plus, the wines generally make great conversation pieces since many people around the table will not have tried them before.
Grenache is one of my favorite Thanksgiving wines. It not only pairs well with turkey but also with side dishes like stuffing. Look for a bottle with low alcohol, healthy acidity, and ripe berries. One of my favorite picks is Two Shepherds 2012 Grenache Noir. Refined tastes of cherries, cranberries, and strawberries are met with hints of spice. Elegant with vibrant acidity, this is sure to be the highlight of your meal! (13.3% alcohol, $38)
Several weeks ago, I participated in a Cinsault tasting and all I could think about was how well the wines would pairing with turkey. Turley 2014 Lodi Cinsault is an excellent option and is also a great value. The wine offers layers of red fruit with bright acidity and excellent texture. There are also savory and earthy notes to go along with the tart fruit. A perfect match for turkey! (13% alcohol, $17)
A well-made Gamay is pure, fresh, and delightful with turkey. Martian Ranch & Vineyard “Absolute Magnitude” 2013 Gamay Noir is a great choice. This Santa Barbara County Gamay is light-bodied with bright tastes of raspberries and strawberries along with hints of violets and spice. A great addition to your Thanksgiving meal! (13% alcohol, $24)