White or red, your Thanksgiving wines need to be fruity with high acidity. Otherwise you'll find your vino falls flat with the bounty of different foods on the table.
For whites, think bubbly, Gewürztraminer or Riesling. For reds, Pinot Noir is the most brilliant choice. But Beaujolais Nouveau, Grenache-based blends or low-alcohol Zinfandels also make good pairings. Here are a few to seek out at your local wine shop.
Mirabelle Brut by Schramsberg (California; $19) Good value for a top-quality sparkling wine.
Chateau Ste. Michelle Riesling (Washington; $9) This “everyday” Riesling is easy dto drink and pairs well with a variety of foods (aka most of your holiday spread).
Ravenswood Estate Zinfandel (California; $37) With flavors of dried cherries and clove spice, this wine has soft tannins for smoothing sipping.
Marcel Lapierre Raisins Gaulois Beaujolais Nouveau (France; $14) The annual Beaujolais harvest happens the third week of November, making it the perfect celebration wine for Thanksgiving. Ask your local wine shop where to find it.
DeLoach OFS Pinot Noir (California; $40) Good Pinot Noir doesn’t come cheap, but this top Russian River Valley blend is worth every penny.