Giving Thanks for Wine: Ten Bottles to Kick Off Your Holiday Entertaining

Time to gather ‘round the table and kick off the holiday entertaining season! First things first – that Thanksgiving feast (and Friendsgiving warmups). All those dishes can pair with a large variety of wines, so we turned to our beverage director (‘sup Dylan) for his top picks and pairings – after all, you should be spending your time with friends and fam eating ALL the food, not stuck in the wine aisle. Check ‘em out below, and when in doubt, always order up a couple extra bottles!

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Gruet, Rosé Brut

I love to start every meal with a toast of bubbles to awake the palate! A good dry sparkling rosé like this one reminds me of tart cranberry sauce and toasty stuffing. Not to mention, bubbles always make for a great party starter.

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Brea, Chardonnay & Rough Day Chardonnay

These unaged or lightly oaked Chardonnays are a perfect match for Thanksgiving foods. They have just enough richness, but typically retain enough acidity to cut through some of the fattier dishes.

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August Kesseler, Riesling R

We simply don’t deserve this pairing. Produced by one of the most prolific winemakers in Germany, this versatile Riesling pairs well with fatty dark meat as well as a nice dry cranberry sauce.

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Margerum Wine Co. Sauvignon Blanc

A definite crowd pleaser. Look to pair this one with some apps and your lighter dishes.

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Gönc, Pinot Grigio Rosato

During the heart of the meal, you’ll usually dive into your whites and reds, but we’d suggest giving this rosato (think rosé) pinot grigio a try. With just enough richness and acidity to go with nearly any Thanksgiving dish, it tops the list as one of my personal favorites!

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GC Cellars Pinot Noir Commuter & Lulumi Pinot Noir

Med-light bodied Pinot Noir is a go-to for Thanksgiving. Turkey is considered a mild poultry, but usually has enough herbs and richness that red wines like Pinot Noir can match perfectly (whether you go white or dark meat). August Kesseler’s The Daily August Pinot Noir is another great pick, and you can purchase all three together in a bundle!

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Domain Saint Cyr, Beaujolais la Galoche Gamay

Earthy and light with flavors of bright red fruits; Gamay paired with turkey covered in cranberry sauce really gets those salivary glands going!

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We know what you’re thinking. “Wait, this Thanksgiving pairing suggestion doesn’t include Beaujolais Nouveau!!”

Beaujolais Nouveau, though a French tradition, has morphed into the standard pairing for Thanksgiving dinner – and for very good reason. It exemplifies the light bodied, fruity, acidic red wine that’s perfect for your Thanksgiving spread. By law, these wines aren’t released until mid-November, but don’t you worry – we’ve got all your Nouveau cravings met. Stay tuned.