Stressed out about which red wines to sip with your Thanksgiving feast? Wondering what wines go best with turkey and stuffing? Great news…you don’t have to worry because we did all of the hard work for you! Here are some of our favorite red wine picks & pairings for your Thanksgiving meal!
California Pinot Noir
Pinot Noir is a classic Thanksgiving wine pairing and it is also one of my favorites. There are plenty of great Burgundies around but lately I have been impressed with cool-climate Pinot Noir coming out of California. A lot of the bottles would be nearly impossible to acquire in time for Thanksgiving (think mailing lists, limited allocations, etc.), but lucky for all of us, Small Vines 2013 Estate Cuvee Russian River Valley Pinot Noir is available for purchase on their website. The wine is bright, well-structured, and perfect with turkey and all of the fixings. A fantastic wine for your Thanksgiving table! ($55 including shipping)
Gamay is often overlooked for Thanksgiving but I love it paired with turkey and stuffing! Since I am obsessed with Le Telquel Gamay, it is an obvious choice for the holiday. Le Telquel is from the Loire Valley and has tastes of juicy red berries and spice entwined with racy acidity. Pure, unadulterated, and best served slightly chilled. This is my all-time favorite Gamay for under $20 and a great Thanksgiving wine! ($16)
A bottle of Carignan will undoubtably make it to my Thanksgiving table this year. Lioco Indica Carignan from Mendocino County is a definite crowd-pleasing pick. The wine has harmonious tastes of raspberry, cranberry, spice, and herbs with bright acidity. A fantastic pairing with most traditional Thanksgiving fare, including turkey! ($22)