Are you wondering what wines deserve a place on your Thanksgiving table? I have some advice – the best wine is the wine you like so there is no “right” or a “wrong” wine to enjoy with your stuffing. That being said, certain varietals might be more likely to give you that “Wow! That tastes good!” sensation we all look for.
One strategy I like to use when planning my wines is instead of choosing wines that pair with specific dishes, I look for bottles that complement a few foods I know will be on the table. (Looking for wines? Click here!)
There are a number of tried and true choices for Thanksgiving wines – Pinot noir, Syrah, and Zinfandel for red wine drinkers and Sauvignon blanc, Riesling, Gewurztraminer and Viognier for those who like white wines.
Light-bodied red wines that avoid heavy use of oak are a great option, Pinot Noir—especially fine-boned and delicate Pinots with earthiness and minerality like many of those made in Oregon’s Willamette Valley—is a great choice.
Meanwhile, white wines with a little sparkle and sharpness are also safe bets when served with a broad range of foods. Sauvignon Blanc and Rieslings (both dry and sweet, though I’d vote for dry and save sweet for pairing with pie) are two excellent options. And don’t forget
In the end, Thanksgiving is about celebrating and thankfulness. So whatever bottle ends up on your table, raise your glass and toast to the good things!