Food is the spotlight of Thanksgiving celebrations, but the alcohol you serve is just as important! Choosing the perfect wine for Thanksgiving dinner that will please your guests and pair well with the food can seem overwhelming. We’ve got a few simple guidelines and recommendations to ensure that you're serving wines your proud of and that your guests will love.
First, think about what’s on the Thanksgiving table. Thanksgiving meals are savory and loaded with a variety of earthy flavors like herbs, mushrooms, rich fruits and buttery sauces and gravies. The meat isn’t too heavy and sweet flavors are abundant (hello, cranberry sauce!) so keeping palates quenched is key.
Look for wines with bright acidity and easy-drinking fruit forwardness. If you're serving red wine, this may look like beaujolais, pinot noirs, zinfandels or syrahs. For white wine, stick with chenin blanc, pinot gris, chardonnay, or other high-acid varieties. And you can never go wrong with palate-stimulating bubbles!
Not sure where to begin? Take a look at these bottles for the best wines for Thanksgiving.
THE Thanksgiving Wines of 2021
If you're looking for a red and a white to serve that will please a crowd, look no further! Ian Blackburn, Merchant of Wine buyer, said these are THE wines of Thanksgiving and what he will be serving in his own home this year!
MAXIME MAGNON, CAMPAGNÈS CORBRIÈRES (CARIGNAN), LANGUEDOC-ROUSSILLON, FRANCE, 2019
HUGEL, CLASSIC PINOT GRIS, ALSACE, FRANCE, 2016
At $12.95 per bottle and with a score of 92 Points from the Tasting Panel, this wine is a great value and is priced perfectly for entertaining a crowd. The aroma is a bit restrained and serious but with the fresh, clear, precise and well stated fruitiness of lime, fresh kiwi, lemongrass, gooseberry, fresh moss and a lightly mineral flinty nuance. On the palate this is a dry, refreshing and lively wine with a pleasant sense of tension and vivacity which enlivens the palate and pairs well with Thanksgiving dishes. Its rounded and full flavour amply quench thirst which is exactly what you want in a Thanksgiving wine.
Best Wines for Thanksgiving Dinner
Looking for more great options for Thanksgiving wines? Ian recommends the below wines as more delicious options to serve at your table.