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It’s our favorite time of the year! The time of year where we get to pair so many wines with so many meals. We love every second of it. We put a lot of thought into the pairings we selected. We always take into account how the wines will pair with the meal, but also whether the wines are good for a group. It’s all fun and games until you show up with a wine that nobody wants to drink. Don’t be that person. We’re here to help! Plus Tomorrow! Don't miss our Thanksgiving Tasting Extravaganza! We will taste 8, wines that will pair perfectly with any Thanksgiving meal!
Pop your favorite sparkling as guests arrive, with hors d’ouerves, with anything on the table, or as a palate cleanser between courses! We’re a firm believer that bubbles are fitting for almost all foods and occasions. For a larger group, we recommend having a few bottles of no-frills delicious sparkling wine such as Bouvet Cremant de Loire, or splurge on a nice bottle of Champagne Dosnon Blanc de Noir Brut for a smaller crowd.
That’s right. Red Sparkling. It’s our favorite! Sparkling red wine is a fun, festive option that is sure to spark a conversation at any dinner. Lambrusco - or Lambo for short - is a perfect fall wine and goes well with pretty much everything on the Thanksgiving table! It’s great before, during and after dinner. This sparkling Italian red from Reggio Emilia is made in different styles, ranging from sweet to just slightly sweet or totally dry. We have one for every category - the Medici Ermete Dolce for a sweeter option, the Medici Ermerte Secco for just a hint of sweetness, or our favorite, the Cavicchioli Vigna del Cristo that’s light and dry with great acidity. It’s perfect with charcuterie, ham, hard cheeses or anything with a tomato sauce.
It’s hard to have a Thanksgiving meal without at least one bottle of Rosé on the table. There isn’t a soul on earth who won’t fall in love with a glass of Rosé paired alongside stuffing and gravy! The fruit forward nature of the wine makes it easy drinking for and pleasing for everyone. Be sure to pick up a dry bottle of Rosé such a La Fete Rosé from St. Tropez or Clos Cibonne Rosé made predominantly from the Tibouren grape!
You can’t go wrong with any Alsacetian white for Thanksgiving, or any time to be honest. A Riesling or Pinot Blanc are great options, and we especially like the lesser known Sylvaner varietal by Albert Seltz. It has a balance of rich, lush fruit and crisp acidity making it a delicious companion to any of your sides, from sweet potatoes to cranberry sauce and casseroles.
We also think white Burgundy will steal the show at any meal. Alain Chavy is our choice for this feast. This white Burgundy made of Chardonnay grown in Puligny-Montrachet way over-delivers for the price. It’s full-bodied with great, food-friendly acidity and a touch of French oak. This would be an awesome white option for turkey and stuffing. This is the Chardonnay for the person in the room who doesn’t like Chardonnay.
We couldn’t have a list of Thanksgiving wines and leave out Beaujolais! This is a classic Thanksgiving wine. In the region of Beaujolais, just on the southern tip of Burgundy, the first wine of the year comes out right after it’s harvested and fermented with minimal aging time - Beaujolais Nouveau. Nouveau gets to the United States around mid November so it’s a tradition to have Beaujolais Nouveau on Thanksgiving Day. It’s light, fruity and extremely easy-drinking - exactly what you want with turkey and all the rich foods on this holiday. The Raisins Gaulois is Beaujolais’ legend, Marcel Lapierre’s “entry-level” wine. This cheerful wine pops with red cherry, cranberry and raspberry fruit with bright acidity. Serve it with a slight chill, relax and enjoy. Or stop in and see if we have any Beaujolais Nouveau in stock. It comes and goes so quickly each year!
Luigi Giordano, fourth generation wine-making family, makes this Nebbiolo/Arneis blend in the Barbaresco region located in Piedmont, Italy. You get all the quality and terroir from classified Barbaresco, but at a fraction of the price. This Langhe Rosso is younger, lighter and less serious, aged for about six months instead of the standard minimum of two years for Barbaresco. It’s fruity with an herbal edge and a hint of spice and wet stone.
Northern Rhone Syrah is one of our go-to winter reds. It’s weighty and powerful with dark fruits, savory black olive and meaty notes, earthy, spicy, leathery and cozy. For those having beef, pork or lamb instead of turkey this Thanksgiving, the Domaines des Remizieres “Cuvee Particuliere” from Crozes-Hermitage is the move.
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