It’s that time of the year again : the time to choose top wines for your Thanksgiving celebration ! To help you make the best pairing choices for your Thanksgiving menu, we have put together a taste guide of some of our favorite white, rosé, red and sparkling wines to enjoy with your favorite fall recipes, including the most important of all : your Thanksgiving dinner. For each Thanksgiving wine, sparkling wine and champagne, we have also suggested a food which will pair well with it, from delicious side dishes in a wide range of flavors to sweet desserts and – of course - the turkey itself.
Be it a « Friendsgiving » with your closest friends or a family feast at home, these great Thanksgiving wines will serve as the perfect centerpieces for your holiday table and transform your dinner into an unforgettable celebration. We have included here some of our favorites, a variety of light to full-bodied wines for Thanksgiving, from a bottle of Beaujolais or Pinot Noir full of delicious fruit flavor, to Zinfandel with characteristic spice notes, and Chardonnay whose natural acidity will add a fantastic lift to your flavorful meal. And if you are in New York, do not forget to use our click and collect option by selecting “pick up at store” among our cart delivery options.
Perfect as an aperitif, this signature champagne from Laurent-Perrier expresses a freshness and elegance, which will allow it to pair effortlessly with your entire Thanksgiving menu, from your mini-quiche canapés to your pumpkin pie dessert. « La Cuvee » is a Chardonnay-driven brut champagne, which sparkles pale gold in the glass and reveals delicate citrus and white flower fragrances on the nose. On the palate, it shows great balance and a fresh, fine mouthfeel – signs of a versatile and food-friendly champagne.
Hailing from the Anderson Valley winegrowing area of California’s Mendocino county, this single-variety Chardonnay offers a rich and complex aromatic profile. On the nose, this white wine exudes aromas of apricots, ripe apples and preserved lemon, along with buttery, nutty and toasty touches. The palate is silky-smooth, with a crushed white rock minerality, vibrant acidity and layered, vibrant finish. This is a white wine with plenty of personality, which will pair nicely with grilled vegetables, Brussels sprouts and turkey.
Made exclusively from the Chenin Blanc variety, this famed South African white wine was barrel-fermented and aged on its lees, giving it a luscious texture and a wonderful aromatic complexity. On the nose, it opens with fresh lime and stone fruit aromas, as well as ripe pears and apples. The palate expresses a gorgeous balance with a crisp acidity and a long, lingering finish with powerful fruit flavors and hints of citrus. This wine will pair beautifully with roasted butternut squash, green bean & onion casserole and apple & cheddar pie.
No Thanksgiving feast is complete without a nice bottle of Riesling, the ultimate food pairing wine. This year, we have chosen the Riesling Estate Trocken 2019 from Weingut Donnhoff, situated in the Nahe region of Germany. This is a classic dry German Riesling, with bright and elegant aromas of ripe stone fruits, nuances of tropical fruits and touches of citrus. On the palate, it is medium-bodied with a piquant acidity and gorgeous minerality, leaving behind a saline aftertaste. The ideal pairing with your sweet potato casserole, oyster stuffing and herb-infused turkey.
If you are looking for a crisp and aromatic white wine to pair with everything from your green bean casserole to garlic mashed potatoes, think of this beautiful Sauvignon Blanc from Sancerre. The Domaine Vacheron Sancerre 2020 expresses the signature “gun flint” minerality specific to this world-renowned terroir. This wine displays a fresh aromatic profile with bright notes of lemon, green apple, grapefruit and white flowers. On the palate, it is elegant and fine, with delicious white fruit flavors and a long, lingering finish. A tried and true Thanksgiving classic.
Aged for 24 months in American and French oak, this beautiful Gran Reserva Rioja reveals cozy coffee, caramel and tobacco nuances mingling with a ripe black fruit core. A very complex nose is complemented by a balanced and polished palate, with powerful yet very fine tannins coating the mouth. On the finish, this wine offers savory black olive, balsamic and earthy aromas, which round out the flavors of raspberry jam and plums. Choose this wonderful CVNE Rioja to pair with bacon-wrapped asparagus, your favorite stuffing or macaroni & cheese with aged cheddar.
This is a classic Morgon cru, produced from the region’s flagship Gamay grape grown in rocky granite soils. On the nose, the Domaine Marcel Lapierre Morgon 2020 unfurls beautiful aromas of fresh cherries, intermingled with spicy black licorice and violet nuances. Freshness prevails on its fruit-forward and charming palate, which wraps the mouth in a silky smooth texture. This is an easy-going, food-friendly wine that will pair to a wide range of flavors and textures, absolutely perfect with a Thanksgiving turkey.
Representing a blend of Old World know-how with New World terroir, this is a 100% Pinot Noir produced in Oregon’s Eola-Amity Hills area by the Drouhin family of Burgundy. This red wine stands out for its remarkably balanced and lively energy, offering layers of blackcurrants, spicy raspberries, sliced cherries and cranberries on the nose. These intense fruit aromas are uplifted by crushed red flower nuances, as well as touches of allspice and clove. The palate offers a very fine frame and endless finish, allowing it to pair beautifully with roasted vegetables, cranberry sauce and turkey.
This 100% Syrah hails from the steep, terraced slopes of the Crozes-Hermitage appellation of the Northern Rhone Valley. A classic expression of cool-climate Syrah, it reveals on the nose aromas of rich black and blue fruits, mixed with touches of licorice, olive tapenade, smoked meat and freshly ground pepper. A bouquet of blue flowers and spice come through on the palate, which is rounded and silky with well-knit and finely grained tannins. This is a wonderful wine to pair with roasted potatoes or a Thanksgiving turkey seasoned with rosemary and thyme.
A classic centerpiece of the Thanksgiving table is this intensely expressive Zinfandel from Turley Wine Cellars in Lodi, California. Vibrant aromas of crushed red and black cherries, dried wildflowers, cinnamon stick and spices come through on the nose. This is followed by a structured, layered palate of fine-grained tannins. A savory, spicy earthiness lingers, allowing this California red to pair beautifully with your entire Thanksgiving spread, especially a peppery sage & sausage stuffing.
While this hearty poultry makes for a great club sandwich, savory soup or even meatballs, turkey no doubt shines brightest as the centerpiece of a festive Thanksgiving feast with family and friends. The internet serves as a great resource for a myriad of delicious turkey recipes. Nevertheless, you may be asking yourself, “What wine goes with turkey ?”.
Hosting a get-together with friends and looking for something simple and satisfying to serve them ? You cannot go wrong with a thoughtfully arranged cheese board paired with a well-chosen bottle of wine. But cheeses (and wines) come in a wide range of styles, textures and flavor profiles and finding the perfect wine and cheese pairing can pose a challenge. To help you create mouthwatering pairings, we have put together a quick guide, featuring some of our favorite cheese styles and the wines with which to enjoy them.
More often than not, the Thanksgiving meal is a celebration of diversity – the diversity of the different dishes covering the holiday table and the diversity of the different palates of your guests sitting around it. To help you select the best wines for Thanksgiving dinner this year, we have put together a guide of our favorite Thanksgiving wines and the dishes with which to enjoy them.