By Heather Muriello, creator of Winefarer, a wine and lifestyle blog and social media presence @winefarer that simplifies the world of wine through approachable tasting notes, fun content, real life experiences and stories!
It’s hard to believe that Thanksgiving is just around the corner and we all are somewhat resuming our normal lives of hosting and inviting friends and family into our homes. With many fabulous Thanksgiving feasts ahead, there is no better way to bring us all back together again than through food and wine. You have the menu, here’s what wine to serve!
Start with Bubbles
Nothing is more suitable for this type of occasion than the Comtes de Champagne Blanc de Blancs from Taittinger. This beauty is produced only in exceptional vintage years and represents the ultimate expression of the Taittinger style. Refined bubbles, a burst of vibrancy, puckering grapefruit, a bit of brioche with a slight nuttiness and great complexity, offers a wonderful option to sip on at the beginning of your Thanksgiving meal. A bit pricey, but worth it! (~$239)
Take a lesser known approach with this effervescent grower champagne. It has an elegant expression of the four villages included in the Domaine in Côte de Blancs Grand Cru: Le Mesnil-sur-Oger, Oger, Cramant, and Chouilly. Lots of walnuts, whipped pastry and creaminess is the perfect accompaniment to your pre-Thanksgiving feast grazing boards! (~$60)
Viognier and Turkey are a match made in Thanksgiving heaven. This newest release from Trattore Farms from Dry Creek Valley in Sonoma, CA is extremely well balanced and is filled with hazelnuts, stone fruit, citrus and honeysuckle making it the perfect match for your Turkey and stuffing! Did I mention that it was the “Gold Medal Winner of the 2022 International Women’s Wine Competition? 93 Points! (~$42)
Everyone deserves a glass of this classic Napa Valley Chardonnay! Beautifully balanced with stone fruit, lemon zest, honeysuckle and some buttery flavors pair wonderfully with the entire Thanksgiving meal! (~$69)
Let’s talk about one of the most versatile wines for friends, family and food at Thanksgiving – Beaujolais! It’s a wine that is easy drinking, juicy and not overly tannic making it such a cozy crowd pleaser. Domaine Diochon produces a quality Beaujolais and this one is filled with juicy berries and a hint of smoke, lots of vibrancy and lusciousness making it the perfect match for the various flavors on the Thanksgiving table. A bit of stuffing and turkey with a sip of Beaujolais is mouthwatering and at an affordable price! (~$29)
A wonderful Italian Aglianico will add some nostalgia to any Thanksgiving table. This gorgeous wine from Campania is Turkey’s best friend. A full bodied berry blast of blueberry and blackberry with some earthy notes and a raw crunch of dark chocolate adds some more life to the turkey flavors and sides! Such a well balanced and off the beaten path wine that will win over the table! (~$39)
From appetizers, like Cranberry Nut Goat Cheese Bites, Stuffed Mushrooms, or a classic Charcuterie board, to the main event Whole Roasted Turkey dish, Sea Sun Pinot Noir is a classic and your go-to food pairing wine that can truly do it all. (~$20)