Thanksgiving food is abundant, rich, and has an array of flavor profiles. Throw in the inevitable array of personalities around most Thanksgiving dinner tables and you definitely don’t want to forget the vino! Although no one wine is going to pair perfectly with everything on your plate with such a variety of flavors, there are a few simple guidelines that will ensure your wine selections will complement the meal!
1. Drink what you like. If you prefer red, drink red. White drinkers, drink white!
2. Pick a wine that is relatively high in acidity. An acidic wine is one that makes your mouth water when you drink it! This is key to cutting through the richness of the meal.
3. Pick wines that “play well with others”. With so many competing flavors on your plate, you don’t need wine fighting the turkey & gravy (or the inevitable crazy relative!) fighting for center stage! Save that bold Bordeaux for steak night.
My Top 5 Wine Picks for Thanksgiving
No matter what you like to drink, there’s sure to be a wine on this list that appeals to you!
Pine Ridge Chenin Blanc
This off dry wine from California is a natural pairing for Thanksgiving goodies! There is a small percentage of Viogner in this wine, which lends luscious aromas of stone fruit on the nose, followed by a nice dose of minerality and acidity from the Chenin Blanc.
Breaux Vineyards Viogner
If you want to drink local this holiday season, check out this wonderful Viogner from Virginia. Viogner is known as the Virginia grape- and for good reason! With this bottle, you still get those great Viogner aromas with comparatively low levels of residual sugar, making it the perfect Viogner for people who like a crisper wine.
Meiomi Pinot Noir
This California Pinot is full of red fruit flavors like cranberry, currant and raspberry. Medium bodied and easy drinking, this fruit forward Pinot Noir is sure to please the red wine fans around your Thanksgiving table!
Cerro Anon Reserva
This Spanish blend from Rioja incorporates Garnacha and other regionally indigenous grape varietals into the Tempranillo blend. Medium bodied and extraordinarily well-balanced, this easy drinking Spanish sipper will surely have you reaching for seconds!
Don’t forget the Bubbly!
When in doubt, reach for bubbly! Not only does it set a festive atmosphere, the high acidity required to produce those cheerful bubbles makes it incredibly food friendly. I like Laurent Perrier Champagne from France, and Bohigas Cava from Spain for a more budget friendly sparkler.
What are some of your favorite holiday wines?
This guest post was contributed by Alison who is a southern transplant from Atlanta. Alison now lives on Capitol Hill and blogs about wine at www.bonvivantdc/blog.com. She also teaches wine classes, conducts private events, and recently rolled out a Virginia wine country concierge program. Find her on twitter @Districtwino and on Facebook at Bon Vivant DC.
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