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 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 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.
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)
A lot of people have been asking me for some suggestions of red wines that pair well with Thanksgiving dinner. One of my favorite red wines to pair with turkey is Pinot Noir. I look for a Pinot with earthier notes as it usually complements the turkey and goes well with stuffing. One of my favorite Pinot Noirs with turkey readily available for under $20 is Belle Glos Meiomi 2009 Pinot Noir from California. I have featured it before on my blog (http://wp.me/p1vdhr-io) and it is rustic and savory. Pinot Noir from Oregon is also often a good bet because they tend to be earthier and more subdued than Pinot from California.
Another red wine that I really enjoy with turkey and stuffing is Zinfandel. Look for a Zinfandel that is fruity and balanced with nice (yet not overly) spicy finish. I had the chance to try a great Zinfandel over the weekend, OM Winery’s Zinfandel Vin di Rossa 2009, and the first thing that came to my mind was that it would be a perfect match for Thanksgiving dinner. Here is a little more about this great Zinfandel.
About the Wine- From the Winery
OM Winery Zinfandel Vin di Rossa is 97% Zinfandel and 3% Petite Sirah. It has 14.6% alcohol and retails for $26 a bottle. For more information see www.omwinery.com
Now the Fun Part- Tasting the Wine
OM Winery’s Zinfandel pours a deep garnet in the glass. The nose has layers of red and dark fruit with a hint of spice. The wine tastes of juicy cherries and cranberries with a smooth, peppery finish. This Zinfandel is very balanced and is not overburdened by alcohol. It is definitely a great Thanksgiving wine choice that will leave a lasting impression without overpowering the meal.
My Wine Rating- B+
Food Pairing Suggestions- This wine is perfect with turkey and stuffing with sausage, mushrooms, and sage.