The wide variety of flavors and side dishes in a traditional Thanksgiving dinner can make choosing the right wine to serve a little confusing.
Here we’ve put together a list of seven food-friendly choices that should work with all the flavor elements of a classic holiday dinner and fit just about any taste and budget.
Classic Wine Choices For A Thanksgiving Menu
Chardonnay is a popular, versatile white wine and an easy choice for your Thanksgiving table. To stand up to the richness of roast turkey and pair with all the trimmings, look for a California Chardonnay that’s described as lightly oaked with flavors of apple and pear.
Red: Pinot Noir
Pinot Noir is another food-friendly wine that works well with classic Thanksgiving fare. Its soft tannins, cherry, plum and blackberry flavors and subtle notes of spice pair nicely with the turkey (particularly dark meat), cranberry sauce, stuffing and herbs like rosemary, sage and thyme.
A light-bodied, off-dry Riesling makes a nice alternative to Chardonnay, particularly if your guests prefer slightly sweeter wine. Its crisp acidity and flavors of apples, citrus and stone fruits pair well with such a wide variety of foods, it will be right at home on your Thanksgiving table.
Red: Beaujolais Nouveau
Officially released on the third Thursday in November, Beaujolais Nouveau is a light-bodied, fruity red wine from France with flavors of ripe red berries, grapes and plums. Not only does it pair well with all the elements of a turkey dinner, it’s easy-drinking enough to please even die-hard white wine drinkers.
Prosecco is a light-bodied, off-dry sparkling wine from Italy. Fruity and refreshing, with notes of apples, apricot and pears, Prosecco has just enough sweetness to work with the majority of Thanksgiving side dishes and a hint of crisp acidity that stands up to the richness of the roast turkey.
Red: Sparkling Shiraz
A dry, sparking Shiraz from Australia is a nice choice if you’re looking to serve a sparkling red. With its spicy notes of black pepper and ripe, dark berry flavors it complements savory Thanksgiving dishes and serves as a refreshing contrast to the sweeter elements of the meal.
A Sweet Finish
Late Harvest Riesling
Produced from grapes that are left on the vine until very ripe and very sweet, Late Harvest Riesling has lush, concentrated flavors of stone fruits and honey and is perfect for serving with classic Thanksgiving desserts like pumpkin or apple pie.