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Selecting the right bottle of wine can elevate your meal from delightful to unforgettable. Let's find the perfect bottle to pair with your Thanksgiving feast!

A Guide to Choosing the Perfect Thanksgiving Wine

White Wines: Not Just for White Meat

White wines, especially those with high acidity, are fantastic with your Thanksgiving turkey and all the trimmings.

  • Chardonnay: A crowd-pleaser! Unoaked would pair best.
  • Sauvignon Blanc: With its zesty citrus notes, it’s a wonderful match for green beans, brussel sprouts, and stuffing.

Reds to Make Everyone’s Heart Sing

For those who prefer red over white:

  • Pinot Noir: A top pick! Its light-to-medium body and cherry undertones are delicious with both light and dark meat turkey. It also amplifies cranberry flavours.
  • Zinfandel: It will amplify Thanksgiving spices such as clove, cinnamon, and allspice, and will add a touch of smokiness. Pairs best with dark meat turkey.

Rosé All Day – Even on Thanksgiving!

Don’t overlook rosé. It refreshes the palate against rich, creamy dishes or those with bolder flavours. The red fruit flavour is a nice contrast to the savoury flavour of the meal.

Bubbly for the Festivities

Champagne or sparkling wine is not only festive but also a great Thanksgiving-friendly wine. The fruit flavours accentuate the cranberry dishes, and it can act as a palate cleanser for richer flavours (like gravy) and meats.

Dessert Wines: The Cherry on Top

A late-harvest Riesling, a sweet Chardonnay, or a tawny port can be a sweet ending to your meal. They are a great match for caramel and cinnamon spice desserts.

Tips to Remember:

  • On the light side: non-alcoholic wines pair wonderfully and are just as delicious.
  • Balance is key: Aim for wines that balance out the richness of Thanksgiving dishes.
  • Temperature matters: Serve white wines chilled and red wines at room temperature.
  • Drink what you like: The most important thing is that you enjoy the wine and the food, even if it isn’t the “perfect” pairing.


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