Our favorite holiday is finally here, and with it the friends, family and food. While we all look forward to gathering around the table with our nearest and dearest, the stress of choosing which bottle to bring (or serve) at your holiday dinner can become overwhelming. Fear not. We’ve compiled a list of 11 of our favorite Thanksgiving Day bottles that pair impeccably with all of your delectable Turkey Day favorites. Choose a bottle (or few!) from our list below for a fabulously faultless feast.
Sparkling wine is a great way to welcome guests while simultaneously stimulating the palate before a hearty meal. A fruit forward, spumante Prosecco is always a great choice. We recommend bubbly from Bisol, one of the most renowned producers in the Veneto region. Its fresh palate of apple and pear will certainly please an array of guests.
Domaine Laroche Chablis
Switch up your usual California Chardonnay with a French Chablis, particularly this cuvée from Domaine Laroche. This quintessential Chablis presents stunning flavors of baked apple, perfect for pairing with your entire meal.
Cune Rioja Riserva
While you might not immediately think of Rioja, the acidity in Tempranillo allows it to play very well with Thanksgiving fare. This outstanding bottle is full-bodied, lush and perfect with stuffing
(especially if there’s sausage in it).
Domaine du Clos du Fief Julienas
Beaujolais is synonymous with Thanksgiving Day dinner. Made from Gamay, the grape’s light-bodied fruit forwardness makes the wine bright and easy-drinking. Try Domaine du Clos du Fief Julienas for a lively palate of juicy dark berries and earthy spice.
Au Bon Climat Pinot Noir
If you like to serve American wine at Thanksgiving, this is the perfect bottle. Au Bon Climat truly showcases how amazing California Pinot Noir can be. Its stunning floral aromas and bright cherry palate mesh beautifully with all dishes on the table — especially the classic cranberry sauce.
Pascal Janvier Jasnieres
This Loire Valley Chenin Blanc is a juicy, mouthwatering staple that pairs with an array of flavorful dishes. Its ripe, stone fruit palate of peach and pear dance alongside the flavors of the tender, white meat of turkey. Although wonderful with your meal, this Chenin is a great alternative for a non-bubbly aperitif choice.
Joseph Swan Zinfandel
Zinfandel is a mandatory staple on the Thanksgiving Day table. Joseph Swan’s bottling from the Russian River Valley is insanely quaffable and sure to impress all of your dinner guests. Its mouthwatering juiciness and succulent spice make it an impeccable pairing for a variety of dishes, ranging from roasted turkey to velvety sweet potatoes.
Chateau de Brézé “Clos Mazurique” Saumur Rouge
Cabernet Franc, especially from the Loire Valley, is an amazing alternative to Gamay for your holiday meal. The grape’s earthy, vegetal notes pair beautifully with the savory spices on the table. Chateau de Brézé, a renowned property whose wines were served across royal courts in Europe, produces this highly aromatic and spicy Cab Franc, brimming with earthy notes of red fruit and forest floor.
Treana White Blend
To stick with the American theme, this domestically produced bottle of white is a delicious choice (and great value) for your familial feast. The 50-50 blend of Marsanne and Viognier is sure to appease your California Chardonnay lovers; its full-bodied, honeyed flavors are reminiscent of our beloved Chard, yet present stronger notes of tropical fruit and honeysuckle. Great with turkey’s juicy dark meat and velvety mashed potatoes.
Tue-Boeuf Vin de France Vin Rouge Gamay
Amazingly drinkable, this Gamay has a different quality from the bottles you find in Beaujolais thanks to the slight hint of carbonic gas you get on the tip of your tongue. Its low alcohol content makes it almost too easy to finish the bottle — we recommend grabbing two.
Avignonesi Vino Nobile di Montepulciano
Another bottle you might not immediately think is perfect for Thanksgiving but is! From one of the best regions in the world for Sangiovese, this biodynamic wine has a bright acidity that makes it drinkable the entire meal.