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The Best Wines for Thanksgiving

We’re approaching holiday season and it’s about time to set the table with the best wines for Thanksgiving. We are big fans of the Thanksgiving holiday around here, since we know the day will include a couple of our favorite things… wine and food (and lots of it!) However, sometimes it can be a challenge to figure out what wines will pair best with such a variety of foods served at the turkey table. Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered!

Check out our recent video which highlights what we believe are the best wines for Thanksgiving, it is sure to steer you in the right direction for the holiday ahead!

The Best Wines to Pair for Thanksgiving


A classic white wine to pair next to turkey and mashed potatoes would be Chardonnay, thanks to its rich and full body. Chardonnay is also a great option to pair with a variety of hors d’oeuvres that might be getting passed around before the main event.

Try this Beringer 2020 Chardonnay, Private Reserve, Napa Valley

Pinot Noir

Pinot Noir is a go-to red wine on Thanksgiving Day thanks to its versatility, great fruit and mouth-watering acidity that will hold up to Turkey and all of the trimmings, without overpowering them.

Try this Primrose Trail 2017 Pinot Noir, Grand Reserve, Sonoma Coast


An American Holiday calls for an all-American grape, Zinfandel. We like red Zinfandel on the Thanksgiving table for a lot of the same reasons we like Pinot Noir. Zinfandel is versatile, offers berry fruit and acidity, and pairs splendidly with cranberry sauce and the variety of sides served.

Try this Buehler 2015 Zinfandel, Napa Valley


Riesling is another great high acid, fruit forward wine that will help cut through some of the fattier, and rich foods you’ll be reaching for.

Try this Trefethen 2021 Dry Riesling, Napa Valley


If you want to venture to the Old World, look no further than Chateauneuf-Du-Pape. One of our favorite fall wines and a great red option for the holiday feasts ahead.

Try this Chateau La Nerthe 2019 Chateauneuf-Du-Pape Les Graniers


Is it a celebration without a little Bubbly? Not only is Champagne a great wine to kickoff the holiday with passed hors d’oeuvres, but it is a great wine to gift to the host if you’re visiting family or friends for the holiday.

Try this Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label NV Brut (w/ Ice Jacket!)

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