Thanksgiving Wine Pairings

Thanksgiving Wines
Crystal Palate looks at the best wines to have at your Thanksgiving table

Selecting a great Thanksgiving wine doesn’t have to be a source of stress and it doesn’t have to break the bank.

There are a lot of different flavors and textures on your Thanksgiving plate, so you really want a “bridge” wine that will harmoniously blend and stand up to the cornucopia of goodness on your holiday table.

Since Thanksgiving is an all American holiday, I thought it would be nice to share some of my favorite finds from Virginia that would make an excellent addition to your Thanksgiving table.

Thanksgiving Wine Tips 

White Wines: In general, when it comes to selecting versatile Thanksgiving wines, look for a white wine with mouthwatering acidity like an off-dry Riesling from Germany, an Alsatian Gewürztraminer or an unoaked Chardonnay to cut right through the gravy and cream sauces. If you typically prefer a heavier, oaky and buttery Chardonnay, it will overpower your meal. A moderately oaked Chardonnay with vibrant acidity will be the better option with this meal. A floral and aromatic Viognier or dry to off-dry Petit Manseng can also work wonders with your Thanksgiving Feast.

Red Wines: When it comes to red, opt for a fruit-forward wine like a Pinot Noir or Beaujolais with vibrant acidity and moderate tannins.  Keep in mind, turkey is a blank canvas and is pretty lean, so something too tannic will compete against the food. A Cabernet Franc can be a nice option too, with its typical notes of raspberry, violet and sage. This can work wonders with a sausage, sage & cranberry stuffing. Cabernet Franc is considered the Pinot Noir of Bordeaux and Virginia is producing some exceptional bottles of this varietal. A dry rosé or off-dry rosé is also another excellent option, it’s approachable and versatile with good acidity and it tends to please both white and red wine drinkers at your table.

Virginia Wine 

To say that Thomas Jefferson was passionate about the fruit of the vine would be an understatement. In fact, he tried relentlessly for three decades to make wine at his Charlottesville estate and never produced a single drop. America’s first wine connoisseur saw tremendous promise in this fertile land and Jefferson’s lifelong dream of making Virginia a world class wine destination is finally being realized two centuries later.

So, why not pay tribute to the grandfather of American wine this Thanksgiving by toasting with a fabulous glass of Virginia wine. Go support your local wine merchant and Virginia farmers this holiday season with these great selections.

SparklingVirginia Wines

Whites 

Reds

Dessert