No need to fret over deciding which wine to serve with your Thanksgiving Dinner. You cannot go wrong with our list of wines, all at bargain prices. We think that, because of the variety of foods being served and the vast differences in wine drinking experience among guests, a combination of wines is the best choice for your Thanksgiving dinner.
Sparkling Wine – I like to start off the evening with sparkling wine to go with the appetizers, and then bring it to the table for a toast to celebrate this wonderful holiday.
Mumm, Domaine Chandon, and Gloria Ferrer are easy to find at around $15 or less. Safeway has a big sale on now of sparkling wines. If you like something under $10, then go with Rotari, Cristalino, or Segura at BevMo or Cost Plus World Market.
Dry Rosé Wines – This wine will go with just about anything at the Thanksgiving table.
There are several dry Rosé wines from Spain and Argentina that are good choices, and all are priced between $10 to $15. My favorite is the Tapiz Malbec Rosé, only available at BevMo, for $10.99. I also like the Bonterra Rosé from Mendocino that is organically grown. Check Whole Foods for this wine. If you live near one of the Spanish Table stores, another awesome Rosé is Cune Rosado from Rioja, Spain. It is amazingly delicious and sells for $12.99.
Riesling – Everyone likes this wine, but be sure it is on the dry side. We did a blind tasting of Riesling recently and see what we liked and where to buy it. If you are looking for a wine under $10, the Pacific Rim Riesling at Costco is a good choice at $7.99.
Chardonnay – For some reason every dinner party has one or two guests that will request Chardonnay wine only. Here are two that will go great with turkey fixings.
Mollie Stones in Burlingame still has the Ramazzotti 2010 Chardonnay. I went there to buy some and discovered they had reduced this wine from its already bargain price of $12.99 to $9.99, plus another 10% off if you buy 6 bottles. This wine is very good. Read my past review. Another clean Chardonnay to go with is the unoaked Joel Gott Chardonnay sold in several supermarkets for around $10.
Pinot Noir – How can you go wrong with a light-to-medium bodied wine that will not overpower any of the traditional food served on Thanksgiving?
We recommended two Pinot Noir wines that were at Costco a couple of weeks ago, so I am assuming they are still available in the S.F. Bay Area. They are the 2009 Acacia at $11.99 and the 2008 Taz for $12.99. Vintage Wine Club member Bruce, an avid Pinot Noir fan, is quite high on the Calera from the Central Coast. You can get that at K&L Wines for $19.99.
Barbera – With its medium body, great flavors and balanced acidity, this wine should fare well with food for this occasion. Red wine drinkers will love it.
I am recommending two I tasted while I was in Italy, and fortunately you can find them in the S.F. area. At BevMo stores, choose the Riveto Barbara d’Alba, and at Weimax in Burlingame the Renato Ratti 2010 Barbera d’Alba. Both are in the $12 to $15 range.
Dessert Wine – Finally, finish off the evening with a nice dessert wine. Serve sparkling wine, and try to find one that has a touch of sweetness, as in a demi sec.
Vintage Taster Mike says that, because Thanksgiving is such a heavy meal, go with a light dessert wine like Quady Orange Muscat available at BevMo for $18.99 for a 750ml bottle.