Wines for Thanksgiving

by Sam Kimball
We’ve put together an easy list of wines that pair with each part of the Thanksgiving meal so you have the perfect bottle to share with your loved ones.

There is a lot happening on the holiday table and plenty to pair with which can get overwhelming but you can never go wrong with a gorgeous Oregon Pinot Noir.

Good Champagne gets really expensive so try a Cava for turkey day.

Try a Sauvignon Blanc or a Finger Lakes Riesling.

It’s that time of year again- we don’t know how time flew by so fast- and we’re about to be sitting down for Thanksgiving dinner. Whether you’re headed home to your family, traveling to see friends, or just going out to your favorite restaurant, the wine you drink is almost as important as the food you eat for the holiday.

We’ve put together an easy list of wines that pair with each part of the Thanksgiving meal so you have the perfect bottle to share with your loved ones.

The Wine That Goes With Everything

There is a lot happening on the holiday table and plenty to pair with which can get overwhelming but you can never go wrong with a gorgeous Oregon Pinot Noir. For one, it’s an American wine and Thanksgiving is an American holiday. Second, a good zesty red is going to pair wonderfully with your cranberry sauce, your hearty vegetable sides, and all of your desserts. The Willamette Valley is known for the Pinot Noir so it’s also a lovely opportunity to show off your wine knowledge.

The Wine For the Toast

We all have that uncle who loves to toast to the family or to everyone’s health or to whatever he can think of at the time so why not bring along some bubbly to help him along? Good Champagne gets really expensive so try a Cava. Just like Champagne, it comes in varying levels of sweetness which is great, since you’ll be so stuffed with pie, your teeth will hurt from the sugar rush.

The Wine That Pleases Everyone

This is key at the Thanksgiving table, especially when you’re with your family and things are getting intense. Try a Sauvignon Blanc. Sure, it’s kind of basic but there’s a reason why and when it comes to making the whole table happy, that’s what it takes. A good Sauv will pair well with everything from the turkey to the mashed potatoes to your grandma’s famous stuffing. Plus, a chilled white is a lovely refresher when your body starts overheating from being too full.

The Wine That Goes With Dessert

We’re in New York after all so obviously the answer is a Finger Lakes Riesling. The beauty of this wine is that it has the full flavor of a Riesling but isn’t so cloyingly sweet. A good dry Riesling from the Finger Lakes will complement each slice of pie you indulge in, and you know it’s going to be more than one so that really says something.

When in doubt, just bring your favorite wine and if no one is happy with your choice, that means it’s all for you!

From our family to yours, we wish you a happy and healthy Thanksgiving.



FEATURED EVENTS

New York Wine Events

November 8, 2020

A once-in-a-lifetime experience in Italy

Barolo and Barbaresco tour

Nov 8 – 14, 2020
6 nights, 7 days
Milan, Barolo, Alba, and Turin

PURCHASE TICKETS
New York Wine Events

November 7, 2020

Industry City, Brooklyn

Brooklyn Crush: Fall Edition

Experience the event Thrillist said was one of the things “You Absolutely Have to Do in NYC”

PURCHASE TICKETS
New York Wine Events

October 17, 2020

Chelsea, NYC

NYC Autumn Wine and Food Festival

space
Named by Wine Enthusiast magazine
“One of 12 wine festivals you should check out this fall”.

PURCHASE TICKETS
New York Wine Events

August 22, 2020

Jamesport, NY

Jazz In The Vines: Vincent Ingala

Saxophone Sensation.

PURCHASE TICKETS
New York Wine Events

August 8, 2020

Jamesport, NY

Jazz In The Vines: Alex Bugnon and Nelson Rangell

A pairing of smooth jazz all-stars.

PURCHASE TICKETS
New York Wine Events

August 1, 2020

Pier 40, NYC

Rosé Splash

Midsummer cruise + sumptuous tasting of rosé wines.

PURCHASE TICKETS
New York Wine Events

July 11, 2020

Jamesport, NY

Jazz In The Vines: Peter White

An evening with an extraordinary guitarist and performer

PURCHASE TICKETS
New York Wine Events

June 20, 2020

Riverhead, Long Island

North Fork Crush Wine & Artisanal Food Festival

Forget Napa–sample world class wines at a stunning vineyard without leaving New York!

PURCHASE TICKETS
New York Wine Events

June 2, 2020

Soho, NYC

Zinfandel Experience New York City

Sample the finest wines we present all year long.

PURCHASE TICKETS
New York Wine Events

May 9, 2020

Industry City, Brooklyn

Brooklyn Crush: Spring Edition

Want to discover new wines? Skip the far-away vineyards and head to Brooklyn. We have set up the hottest wine experience in the 5 boroughs.

PURCHASE TICKETS
New York Wine Events

March 31, 2020

Join us at the Rainbow Room from 6:00 - 8:00 PM

NY Drinks NY Grand Tasting

Don’t miss your chance to taste over 200 wines from 50 different New York wineries!

PURCHASE TICKETS
New York Wine Events

March 7, 2020

New York's #1 Winter Wine Tasting

NYC Winter Wine and Food Festival

Bid the cold adieu (for a few hours) at the 11th Annual NYC Winter Wine & Food Festival

PURCHASE TICKETS
New York Wine Events

January 19, 2020

Riverhead, NY

RG|NY Blending Session

Join RG|NY winemaker Lilia Perez, for a unique tasting and blending session.

PURCHASE TICKETS
New York Wine Events

December 14, 2019

Ulster & Orange Counties, NY

Wreath Fineries at the Wineries

Don’t miss the ultimate holiday wine tasting event in the Hudson Valley. Sales end Thursday, Dec 12 at 11:59pm!

PURCHASE TICKETS
New York Wine Events

November 14, 2019

New York, NY

Around The World In 10 Wines

Experience a global tasting in 2 hours with award-winning artisan cheese and charcuterie

PURCHASE TICKETS
New York Wine Events

November 9, 2019

Brooklyn

Brooklyn Crush: Fall Edition

Experience the event Thrillist said was one of the things “You Absolutely Have to Do in NYC”

PURCHASE TICKETS
New York Wine Events

October 19, 2019

Chelsea, NYC

NYC Autumn Wine and Food Festival

space
Named by Wine Enthusiast magazine
“One of 12 wine festivals you should check out this fall”.

PURCHASE TICKETS
New York Wine Events

September 19, 2019

Union Square Park, NYC

Harvest In The Square

The 24th annual event is September 19 in Union Square Park in Manhattan.

PURCHASE TICKETS
New York Wine Events

August 24, 2019

Jamesport, NY

Jazz In The Vines: Alex Bugnon & Marc Antoine

A meeting of 2 contemporary jazz giants

PURCHASE TICKETS
New York Wine Events

August 10, 2019

Jamesport, NY

Jazz In The Vines: Peter White

An evening with an extraordinary guitarist and performer

PURCHASE TICKETS
New York Wine Events

August 3, 2019

Manhattan, Chelsea Piers

Rosé Splash

Midsummer cruise

PURCHASE TICKETS
New York Wine Events

July 20, 2019

Riverhead

Summer Rose and Bubbly Fest

At a 200-acre vineyard. Half indoors (air-conditioned), half outdoors (ventilated tent). Free, cold bottled water & seltzer.

PURCHASE TICKETS
New York Wine Events

July 13, 2019

Jamesport, NY

Jazz In The Vines: Spyro Gyra

A great opening evening for 2019

PURCHASE TICKETS
New York Wine Events

June 29, 2019

Lake George, NY

Adirondack Wine & Food Festival 2019

The 5th annual event is June 29 & 30th in scenic Lake George, NY.

PURCHASE TICKETS
New York Wine Events

June 22, 2019

Riverhead

North Fork Crush Wine & Artisanal Food Festival

Forget Napa–sample world class wines at a stunning vineyard without leaving New York!

PURCHASE TICKETS

RELATED WINE BLOGS

Wednesday, January 22nd, 2020

Exploring Barolo Wine in Piedmont Italy
From Australia, we head to a true center of wine history; one of tradition and splendor, and really, really good wine. Not only are we talking about Italy, but Piedmont, Italy. We’ve talked about this gorgeous region in the northwest of Italy but what we’re going to focus on today is the Barolo wine.  As - Read More
Read more...

Thursday, January 16th, 2020

The Hunter Valley, New South Wales
The Hunter Valley is named such after a river. Yes, you guessed it, the Hunter River, which was discovered in the late 1700s by European settlers. It turns out they were looking for a fugitive and instead found a gorgeous river valley which became a wine region in the early 1800s when a mere 20 - Read More
Read more...

Wednesday, January 8th, 2020

Temecula Valley Wine Country
While most of the wine regions in California exist towards the northern part of the state, the mecca of gorgeous wines known as the Temecula Valley is actually in Southern California.  This 1,300 acre AVA, formally registered as the Temecula Valley AVA, is the beneficiary of both an inland and maritime climate. The warm sun - Read More
Read more...
LOAD MORE