The Best Wines to Buy for Thanksgiving Under $25
After cooking your delicious Thanksgiving feast, you deserve a goblet of really damn delicious wine. We chatted with Kamal Kouiri, wine director and general manager of Molyvos in New York City, to scout the best inexpensive picks that’ll complement your mouthwatering roast turkey.
2016 Alpha Estate Rosé
This bright rosy pink sipper from northern Macedonia tastes like cherries, cranberries and sage, with plenty of crisp acidity. (Aka it goes perfectly with roast turkey.)
2016 Gaia Assyrtiko Wild Ferment
Meet veggie casserole’s ultimate match. Made from a Greek white wine grape called Assyrtiko, it packs a wallop of flavors (think sea salt and lemon) because it’s aged in both new and used oak from France and the U.S.
2015 Papagiannakos Savatiano
Image what a big goblet of sunshine would taste like. That’s pretty much this wine in a nutshell. With hints of citrus and stone fruit and a vivid herbal edge, this wine is practically designed to be enjoyed with Brussels sprouts and candied sweet potatoes.
2016 Kir-Yianni Akakies Rosé
Juicy, friendly notes of strawberry and rhubarb (with plenty of firm acidity) are the perfect match for pumpkin, apple and pecan pies galore.
Blink Wines Sparkling Brut
Ring in the holidays with this slightly sweet, effervescent bubbly. With a slightly tropical vibe (mmm, pineapple), it’s delicious on its own or with a plate of country ham.
2014 Alpha Estate Hedgehog Vineyard Xinomavro
Made from 95-year-old vines, this stunner is aged for 12 months in French oak. Fresh plums, light notes of leather and warm spices are practically begging for a heaping plate of turkey and gravy.
2015 Gentilini Eclipse
Presenting a work of art from the island of Kefalonia, Greece. Aged to perfection, it wafts dark wild berries and bitter chocolate. But it’s also clean and fresh with enough acidity to drink through your whole dinner.
2010 Mitravelas Estate Agiorgitiko
The one way to make your creamy mashed potato recipe even more delicious? A glass of this amazingness, rich with ripe plums, dark cherries, vanilla and a touch of licorice. Unbelievably, its silky tannins make your taters taste more buttery (it’s possible).
2011 Kir-Yianni Naoussa Xinomavro Ramnista
This red wine perfectly pairs with the flavors of turkey day: cranberries, black currant, red cherries, tomato and warm spices. Its complexity keeps developing as you let it breathe, so be sure to open it an hour or so before your meal.
2011 Pieria Eratini Winery Wishes Eratines Sweet
Old Byzantine winemaking wisdom informs this gem. The results? You can’t go wrong pairing the sweet orange elixir (which tastes like roasted apricot, orange and caramel) with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.