Thanksgiving is almost here. We’ve sure you’ve got a wonderful Thanksgiving dinner planned with your family and friends. Any festive holiday wouldn’t be complete without good wine for Thanksgiving. Nothing brings your important ones together like sharing a glass of great wine.
If you’re a big fan of red wine, take a look at the best red wine for Thanksgiving. Or if you prefer white wine, we’ve got you covered with a list of awesome white wines for Thanksgiving dinner. These Thanksgiving wine pairings are sure to complement the autumn harvest feast just as spectacularly.
Thanksgiving is a great opportunity to try new wines that you haven’t tried before, so don’t hesitate to pick up a bottle of wine to try with your loved ones.
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Best red wine for Thanksgiving
Have a look at the best red wine for Thanksgiving to try this year.
90+ Cellars Lot 75 Pinot Noir
Pinot Noir is a wonderful companion to Thanksgiving dinner. It pairs well with turkey, cranberry, stuffing, mashed potatoes, and casseroles. This wine from Sonoma’s Russian River Valley brings out black cherry aromas and bold flavors without feeling hefty on the palate.
Zinfandel: Ridge East Bench Zinfandel
Though Zinfandels tastes sweet, they also complement classic Thanksgiving foods well. If you’re looking for the best red wine for Thanksgiving, this Ridge East Bench Zinfandel is a must-try one. Your Thanksgiving guests will like it for sure.
Zinfandel: Decoy California Zinfandel
From its adorable dark violet color to its sweet fruit aromas, this wine is an excellent pick this Thanksgiving.
Meiomi Pinot Noir
This wine has flavors of boysenberry, juicy berries, mocha, and a sense of toastiness from the six months it spent aging in French oak. If you have never tried this, try it once this Turkey Day.
G.D. Vajra Barbera d’Alba
A red grape that comes from the Piedmont region of Italy, Barbera is known for its rich, medium-bodied wines with slightly higher acid and lower tannins.
This wine has a red-berry-juicy with an herbal character and a velvety finish, so it plays well with all flavors that include Thanksgiving. Its rich aroma is balanced by fresh flavor, creating a complex, edgier compared to the tradition.
Pinot Noir: Maison Noir O.P.P. Pinot Noir
Pinot Noir is a classic pairing for Thanksgiving dinner. It brings out spicy, floral, herb-framed flavors of cherry with gingery wood spice tones. Treat your Thanksgiving guests with a glass of this earthy red wine.
Pinot Noir: Cristom Mt Jefferson Cuvee Pinot Noir
If you love cranberry sauce, this Oregon Cristom Pinot Noir is sure to please you. The red fruit flavors will accentuate the side dish perfectly.
Made with a combination of grapes from each of the estate vineyards, and high-quality fruit sold or bought from neighboring vineyards, this wine deserves to be the best red wine for Thanksgiving.
Beaujolais: Domaine des Billards Saint-Amour
Made from Gamay Noir grapes, this wine is popular around Thanksgiving because it’s released in the third week of November yearly. The aromas of small red fruits blended with a spicy note of chocolate making it the best red wine for Thanksgiving dinner.
Especially, it will give a pleasant finish with the notes of strawberries and raspberries. This wine plays well with ratatouille, chicken with tarragon, rabbit terrine, or strawberry tart.
Beaujolais: Louis Jadot Beaujolais Villages
Looking for a good Thanksgiving wine at an affordable price? Try Beaujolais: Louis Jadot Beaujolais Villages this Thanksgiving. It’s easy to drink and made with top-quality grapes grown in the southern part of Beaujolais.
Also, the grapes are hand-selected in whole bunches and cold-soaking is longer than usual for Beaujolais. The best part? It costs less than $15, which means that you don’t have to bust your budget this year.
Pinot Noir: Melville Pinot Noir Santa Rita
This wine is considered the best red wine for Thanksgiving. It brings out juicy and precise on the palate and a hint of star anise. It’s a good companion with any Thanksgiving side.
The wine will offer forest fruit, strawberry jam, and cherry notes as well as a complex flavor at an affordable price. It will be the centerpiece of the Thanksgiving dinner.
If your family and friends have never tried Gamay, it’s a great opportunity to introduce them. With the aromas of plums, freshly tilled earth, cinnamon stick, and black raspberry, this luscious wine will definitely taste great alongside turkey.
French Velvet Blend
The wine will taste reminiscent of dark chocolate, plum, and jammy fruit and play well with dessert or as a great addition to many of the big flavors throughout the meal.
It pairs perfectly with cheese, charcuterie, and your favorite holiday foods. Beaujolais Nouveau is a French tradition that marks the first wine of a new vintage.
This fresh and fruity wine is bottled only a few weeks after harvest, which means that you can enjoy it instantly upon release.
For those who are searching for the best red wine for Thanksgiving, try this spicy and peppery Malbec from Argentina. It goes well with rich dishes without overwhelming your palate.
If your family is a big fan of red meat like prime rib alongside, Malbec’s an excellent pairing choice.
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Hopefully, this list inspires you to find the best red wine for Thanksgiving this year. In addition to the best red wine for Thanksgiving, we’ve also rounded up the great white wine that you should try once. If you’re also interested in festive drinks for Turkey Day or delicious Thanksgiving dishes, check out our Thanksgiving Guide.