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.
The Bollinger iconic « special cuvee » has been an emblematic Champagne through decades and decades, always keeping its own identity and representing well the core values of the Bollinger Champagne House. Its golden color and fine efferfescence with complex aromas of ripe fruits and spices make it an essential among the Champagne big Classics. On the palate, it is structured, lively and flavorful with hints of pear, brioche and walnuts. The Bollinger Special Cuvee Champagne pairs especially well with all kinds of fishes, poultry and white meats.
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 2020 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 2021 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.
The Vina Bosconia Reserva shows a beautiful ruby color with subtle copper reflection. On the nose, the wine is persistent, full-bodied and reveals beautiful notes of ripe fruits. On the palate, it is soft and round. The main aromas out of this impressive Vina Bosconia are blackberry jam, black olives, balsamic and an earthy touch to finish. It presents a nice structure and an ever-lasting length. It will pair perfectly with roasts, lamb or game.
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 2021 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.
This Pinot Noir from Oregon is rather light and supple, giving a generous taste of red fruits with cherry and strawberry aromas. It also presents a bit of complexity with hints of herbs and earthy touches. The finish is pleasing with a supple acidity that keeps the wine lively and vibrant. A very good budget-priced Pinot Noir from Willamette Valley, Oregon.
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.
The Juvenile cuvee from the emblematic Turley Wine Cellar has become one of the main cuvees of the estate. The Juvenile 2020 is medium-bodied and is rather dark in color. On the palate, it presents aromas of leather, chocolate and many different black fruits. It is definitely pleasant, straight forward and intense. A perfect match to please everyone on a holiday meal.