Best wine choices for Thanksgiving

best wines for thanksgiving

Sparkling wine adds a festive touch to the Thanksgiving dinner

Updated on November 1, 2016

With so many dishes that make up this beautiful holiday meal, what are the best wine choices for Thanksgiving? I polled the Vintage Wine Tasters and asked what wines they were likely to serve with dinner or to bring as a guest to their family or friends. These wines will make the best wine choices for Thanksgiving.

Best wine choices for Thanksgiving

Sparkling Wine

I suggest for the cocktail hour and appetizers a sparkling wine. Sparkling wine is a festive way to begin the evening’s activities and to toast and give thanks. Sparkling wine will answer the call to cheese, hummus, spinach dip, charcuterie and more. We like Gloria Ferrer at Costco for $13.99; the Segura Viudas pictured above at BevMo for $10, or the Burgundian Cremant at Trader Joe‘s for $10. For $19.99 you can find an authentic Champagne at Costco, the Kirkland Signature.

Best red wine choices for Thanksgiving

Vintage Wine Tasters Bruce and Ray both like Pinot Noir as their choice. A Pinot Noir wine with its red fruit flavors and spice will work wonders with the turkey and gravy. They suggested, for under $20, the Cameron Hughes Pinot Noir or the Meiomi Pinot Noir. I propose a lovely Syrah or Rhone blend at the table for those who like wine a little heavier than a Pinot Noir. A Syrah like the Andrew Murray Tous les Jours at Whole Foods is a great match with the flavors of the turkey and fixings. Zinfandel can also go nicely, especially the Carol Shelton Wild Thing Zinfandel at the Safeway for $14. It is not a big jammy Zin; it is more on the light side of a Zinfandel. Getting back to the Rhone, Vintage Taster George says a lively Grenache is his choice. He is also including the Spanish version, Garnacha. At Costco, check out the Tres Pico.

Best white wine choices for Thanksgiving

Vintage Wine Taster Joe F serves two wines for his Thanksgiving guests. He suggests a Gewurztraminer or a Picpoul Blanc. Both have the right aromatics to match the typical meal. Mike B also prefers a Gewurztraminer. At my local Costco, I have spotted the latest vintage of the Gundlach Bundschu Gewurztraminer for $14.99. That is an excellent deal for this wine from the Sonoma Valley. Chardonnay is mandatory on Thanksgiving, but Vintage Taster Jim A says it should be a White Burgundy from the Montrachet area. These are more fresh and zesty than a heavily oaked or buttery California Chardonnay. The problem is that a Montrachet is pricey but, what the hay, this is Thanksgiving! A Rosé wine is also a safe bet. Try the Charles & Charles from Washington at the Safeway for $9. It is a dandy Rosé.

If these wines don’t meet your fancy, stop in at a good wine shop and ask the proprietor to help you out. I love Weimax Wines on Broadway in Burlingame. Ask for Gerald to select a few wines at whatever is your price point. If Gerald is not there, all the staff is very knowledgeable. Happy Thanksgiving to all!

Very commonsense Thanksgiving wine advice from a Sommelier

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