Thanksgiving Dinner Wine Pairing Charts

Karen Frazier
Thanksgiving dinner with wine

At Thanskgiving, properly pairing food and wine can enhance your experience of both. Thanksgiving dinner can be one of the hardest wine pairing days of the year because of the variety of foods served. Fortunately, there are many wines that pair quite well with turkey and all of the trimmings at Thanksgiving dinner.

Successful Thanksgiving Food and Wine Pairings

Wines that work best with the varied foods at Thanksgiving are versatile medium-bodied, accessible red and white wines. Since everyone typically sits down family style, Thanksgiving meals quite often only have the main course and dessert, although sometimes appetizers are offered before everyone sits. Offer several wine styles with the entire Thanksgiving dinner or offer different wine pairings for each course if you opt for that serving style.

Each of the wines below will pair well with the entire main course of a traditional Thanksgiving meal, from the turkey and stuffing to the sweet potatoes.

Champagne and Sparkling Wine

One of the great thing about Champagne and other sparkling wines is their versatility. Because many sparkling wines contain the red wine grape, Pinot Noir, they have enough gravitas to pair with heavier dishes, but remain light enough that they don't overpower lighter fare. Likewise, Champagne and sparkling wines have a celebratory feel to them, making them the perfect dinner pairing. Champagne makes also makes a great apéritif to pair with appetizers.

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Varietal/Region Brand(s)/Type(s) Price Range
Inexpensive Prosecco/Italy

Nino Franco Rustico Prosecco

Cavit Prosecco Lunetta

$10 to $20
Cava/Spain

Poema Brut Cava

Juve Y Camps Rose Brut Cava

Sparkling Wine/US

Treveri Cellars Blanc de Blanc Brut

NV Scharffenberger "Brut Excellence"

Gruet Brut

Moderate Non-Vintage Champagne/France

Veuve Clicquot Brut Yellow Label NV

Louis Roederer NV Vintage Brut

Perrier Jouet NV Grand Brut

$35 to $60
Non-Vintage Sparkling Wine/US Loma Prieta Non-Vintage North Coast Sparkling Pinotage Blanc de Noirs
Vintage Sparkling Wine/US

Schramsburg Querencia Brut Rosé

Frank Family Vineyards Blanc de Blancs

Splurge Vintage Sparkling Wine/US

Argyle Winery Extended Tirage Brut

Domaine Carneros Le Reve Tete

$80 to $200
Vintage Champagne/France

Dom Pérignon

Veuve Clicquot La Grande Dame

Perrier-Jouët "Belle Epoque"

Pinot Noir

Pinot Noir is a medium-bodied red with subtle fruit flavors and a delicious earthiness. The tannins in the wine cut through the rich and fatty flavors of turkey, stuffing, and gravy during your main meal.

Rosé

Rosé wines pair well with the varied flavors of Thanksgiving dinner because they are usually low in alcoholand have a nice, fresh fruitiness to them. They are quite reasonably priced; you can find a good bottle for under $20. Rosé wines are a good halfway between a red and a white, which allows them to pair with all of the foods on your Thanksgiving table.

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Try any of the following:

Beaujolais Nouveau

Beaujolais Nouveau is often served as a Thanksgiving dinner wine pairing both because the wines release in October and need to be drunk within a few months of purchase and because the wine is freshly fruity and wine-friendly. Look for Beaujolais Nouveau in wine shops, grocery stores, and liquor stores the third Thursday in November, just in time for Thanksgiving.

Grenache

Grenache is a medium-bodied red found in wines from France's Rhone region and Spain's Priorat region. Grenache-based wines are fruity and earthy with a hint of smoke. The smoky and earthy flavors of Grenache go well with common Thanksgiving herbs like sage, rosemary, and thyme, which means it will work with your entire meal.

Riesling

While Germany makes champion Riesling, you can also find quality versions from producers in the United States, Austria, Alsace, and Australia. Riesling wines work well because they have a nice balance of sweetness and acidity that complements your entire Thanksgiving dinner, as well as any appetizers you choose to serve.

Turkey and wine

Thanksgiving Dessert Wines

Many sweet wines also work well with Thanksgiving desserts. Try any of the following:

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Ask for Thanksgiving Wine Recommendations

Your local wine shop staff can also help you pick out a great Thanksgiving wine. With a little wine education and a sense of adventure for trying new things, you're sure to find the perfect wines for your Thanksgiving meal.

Thanksgiving Dinner Wine Pairing Charts