Thanksgiving Wine Pairings

With only a few days left until Thanksgiving, finding the perfect wines to pair with your Thanksgiving feast is likely at the top of your list!  We have made it easy for you by sharing some of our favorite red and white wine pairings for the Thanksgiving holiday!


Pinot Noir

Pinot Noir is a classic Thanksgiving wine pairing and is truly one of our favorites for the holiday.  There are plenty of great Burgundies around but lately I have been impressed with cool-climate Pinot Noir coming out of California.  Look for Pinot Noir from wineries like Failla and Red Car in local, specialty wine shops.  They are fantastic wines for your Thanksgiving table!


Gamay is often overlooked for Thanksgiving but we love it paired with turkey and stuffing!  We are obsessed with Le Telquel Gamay and 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 one of the best Gamays you will find for under $20 and it is a great Thanksgiving wine!


Riesling is one of the most food-friendly wines and is a great pairing with many Thanksgiving dishes.  We recently tasted 2014 Famille Hugel Riesling and discovered it’s not only delicious, but it’s also a killer value at $12.  This dry Riesling from the Alsace region of France is filled with tastes of lemon and orange blossom along with naturally bright acidity and hints of minerality.  Pair with everything from yams to mashed potatoes to turkey & stuffing!

Chenin Blanc

Chenin Blanc is one of our favorite white wines so it is always included at our Thanksgiving table.  Chenin is made in diverse styles so look for a dry Chenin Blanc to pair with turkey or yams.  Leo Steen Saini Valley Dry Creek Valley Chenin Blanc is a fantastic deal for under $20.  Sweeter styles can be a nice pairing with Thanksgiving desserts.

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2015 Marcel Lapierre Morgon

I love Burgundy but it is an incredibly expensive habit to keep.  When I want a beautiful Burgundian-like wine and don’t want to shell out the big bucks, I uncork a bottle of Marcel Lapierre Morgon.  I just tried the recently released 2015 vintage and was drawn into the romance of this wine yet again.

Marcel Lapierre Morgon
Marcel Lapierre Morgon

Aromas of wildflowers and cherries lead into flavors of cherries, violets, raspberries, and cloves.  This Cru Beaujolais also has waves of acidity that brighten the smooth, juicy palate. With a few hours of air, the flavors really harmonize.  Approachable now but still a baby so I would give it a couple of years if you have the patience.  One of the best values in wine, year after year!  (13.5% alcohol, $30)

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