The Turkey Day table delivers a serious spread of flavor, texture, and tradition. Every family has their own way of creating the holiday experience and best of all, we can spend it together this year!!!
When it comes to wine, we believe most tables ought to have a variety to enjoy with the feast. There are so many things happening on that table! Savory, salty, sweet, veggie, creamy dishes, and more. Finding just one wine that pairs with all of it is next to impossible. Instead, we suggest an array of excellent wines to explore with every bite.
We’ve carefully selected the wines in this year’s lineup based on quality, style, and versatility to help take some of the guesswork out of your Thanksgiving wine shopping. Mix and match throughout the meal and see what magic you can create.
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Cheers to you and yours and Happy Thanksgiving! – Montana & The Wine Ship Cru
PS: Scroll to the bottom for a few fun Thanksgiving wine tips (Yes, it is ok to NOT break out your very best bottles on Turkey Day).
Every good party starts with bubbles! Keep in mind that they are more than just an aperitif. Sparkling wines are fantastic with the rich flavors of the meal itself. The bubbles and bright acidity will refresh your palate and settle your stomach so you can go back from another helping.
Mercat Cava Brut Rosé NV
Penedes, Spain | Here’s a bottle you can’t go wrong with. The price is outstanding, the quality sky high, and the fact that it is a rosé means the flavors are going to be more interesting with the meal. It is made in the same method as Champagne but with a price tag under $20.00. It's pale pink with lots of citrus, strawberry, and a light herbal note to complement the classic rosemary, thyme, and other garden flavors of the food.
Saracco Moscato d'Asti 2020
Piedmont, Italy | If you’re rolling your eyes at the idea of Moscato, we get it. But this producer makes wines a world apart from most others in this category. This is just lightly sparkling with lovely, aromatic flavors of peach, honeysuckle, orange, and lemon zest. Think of the desserts that are classics with Thanksgiving. These are the flavors!! Try this with the main course or have it with cheeses. If you have any doubts, just save it for dessert.
Ca' del Bosco Franciacorta Cuvée Prestige Extra Brut NV
Lombardy, Italy | If you have never heard of Franciacorta, don’t worry about it. Try something new that will knock your socks off. This is considered one of the finest sparkling producers in the world and every time we pour it at a tasting it blows people away. It’s super fresh with flavors of winter fruit like apples and pear with a touch of brioche and honey. Plus, the package looks gorgeous on the table and it’s on sale for almost $10.00 off right now!
Billecart-Salmon Champagne Brut Rosé NV
Champagne, France | We have recommended wines from this producer before, and we will continue to. If you’re ready to pony up a little more dough for a great bottle, this is a no-brainer. It’s one of the great wines of the world. The texture of the bubbles is fine and frothy, and the color is pale with a touch of gold. The fruit is delicate yet pronounced with the type of acid needed to balance and enhance every morsel lucky enough to share your mouth with it. We love it so much; we also linked the 1.5 liter Magnum option, because there are few things better in this world than large format wines shared with our favorite people.
Thanksgiving and aromatic white wines are made for each other. If you’re preparing turkey, pork, or other poultry, a few different whites are a must for the holiday. While you can’t please everyone, the wines we’ve selected should come pretty darn close.
Maysara Arsheen Pinot Gris 2019
Willamette Valley, Oregon | Few American producers do justice to the potential of Pinot Gris. Although it’s the same grape variety as the fruity, nutty, Italian Pinot Grigio we like in summertime, this is a different wine altogether. Produced by Certified Biodynamic winery, Maysara, at the south end of Willamette, this is an aromatic, layered, textured wine. The acid is bright and palate cleansing with the slightest trace of sweetness that revs up the flavors on your fork.
Hexamer Quarzit Riesling 2019
Nahe, Germany | It’s not Thanksgiving without Riesling and Germany is the classic choice. A dance of fruit, acid, and sweetness jump out of the glass. This wine is produced on a small family estate in the Nahe region and is very expressive of that place (terroir). It’s pure, mineral-driven, round, and lush. The wine sits between medium dry and medium sweet with an alcohol level of 11%. An absolute pleasure to pair with the festivities.
De Wetshof Limestone Hill Chardonnay 2020
Robertson, South Africa | A great Chardonnay has its place on the table. However, we suggest trying something other than the heavily oaked California styles we like with seafood or risotto. Instead, try something different with this unoaked version from the Western Cape of South Africa. It’s fresh and zippy with notes of citrus, green apple, a little saline, and limestone minerality to play up the savory and vegetable-based dishes.
We can’t talk about Thanksgiving without talking about rosé. Yes, we’ve already shown you two sparkling rosés, and for good reason. We believe rosé to be the most versatile category of wine when it comes to pairing food. But what about the still versions?!
Chateau Trinquevedel Tavel Rosé 2020
Tavel, Rhone, France | If you’re never tried a rosé from Tavel, we hope that changes this Thanksgiving. This isn’t the poolside sipper Provence-style rosé we love in the warmer months. This is serious wine in a bolder approach. The color is deeper and the nose is of raspberry and strawberry with a depth that can handle the intense spices of the stuffing, turkey, gravy, and the rest.
Thanksgiving is the time for the non-red wines of the world to shine but we’ve listed a few key players that deserve a spot on the table. You’ll notice that we haven’t included any Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec, Nebbiolo, or Tempranillo. If those are the wines you prefer to enjoy, then, drink what makes you happy. However, for this meal, the tannic structure and typical styles of those wines will overwhelm the food. You don’t want to mask the flavors you and your family worked so hard to assemble. Don’t worry though, Christmas is coming, and we’ve got red meat and bold reds on the horizon!
Georges Duboeuf Fleurie Beaujolais 2019
Fleurie, Beaujolais, France | We’ve got a thing for Beaujolais year-round, but with the traditional Thanksgiving spread, this is an absolute must. To be clear, we are NOT talking about Beaujolais Nouveau here. Those wines, while they are the best known from the region, are not the expression of the Gamay grape or the excellence of producers like this one that we want you to try. Fleurie is one of the ten Crus of Beaujolais, and our preference for the holiday as they wines tend to be a bit lighter and fruiter than other areas. This bottle is light in body and drinks similar to Pinot Noir, but there’s a levity, a fruitiness, and a freshness that belongs to only this variety. If you’re only selecting one red, this is our top suggestion for Thanksgiving.
Antiquum Farm 'Juel' Pinot Noir 2019
Willamette Valley, Oregon | Pinot is known as the “chef’s wine” because it is incredibly versatile. Our first Pinot comes from a producer that is worth a Google search on their own. This is unlike any Pinot Noir we have ever tasted yet manages to stay true to the characteristics that make the grape what it is. It’s a living wine with an incredibly complex profile. We recommend decanting it -- and picking up two bottles because you’ll wish you had another one when it’s gone.
The Hilt Estate Pinot Noir 2017
Sta. Rita Hills, California | This is what we love about wine. The same grape grown in a different area can produce a completely different style and flavor profile. For something really interesting, open a bottle of the Antiquum Farm Pinot next to this one and taste them side-by-side. Both represent a combination of the highest quality vineyards, winemaking, and fruit, but they are completely different. The Hilt is produced in an area north of Santa Barbara from vineyards grown on steep slopes of ancient marine sedimentary soils. The wine is savory, dark, and perfumed with notes of cherry, blood orange, fresh herbs, and earth.
Frank Family Zinfandel 2018
Napa Valley, California | Our final wine may have you questioning our previous statement about staying away from bold reds, but this isn’t your average Zinfandel. Plush, fragrant, earthy flavors dance with notes of black plum and mocha. It is the most elegant, complex Zin we have ever tasted. The tannins are soft and supple and won’t obliterate the meal. This is a wine that might change your mind about the grape if all you’ve had were over the top, jammy booze bombs. Pour it into a decanter and trust us on this one.
A few fun Turkey Day wine tips:
From our family to yours, Happy Thanksgiving!
Becker Family Pinot Gris + Everything Crab Rangoon at Bao Brewhouse in Denver = quite the flavor combination! This wine is an awesome orange expression from Pfalz, Germany on the French/German border. If Alsatian Pinot Gris is a Fall staple for you like it is for me, this is a fun offshoot. Fresh and slightly floral with just 12.5% ABV, this is food wine!
As for the bite: a twist on the classic Chinese Crab Rangoon: jumbo lump crab, charred green onion infused cream cheese, fried everything wonton, spicy mango mustard. The combo of salt, seasoning, and creamy crab is in beautiful balance with the acid in the wine.
Have you tried a little East Meets West combo like this? Ramen and Riesling perhaps? Tell us your favorite combos in the comments!
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