Sure, a spray of flowers makes any Thanksgiving table beautiful, but we all know that to make the table truly complete, you need a few bottles of good wine to go along with the turkey and fixings. Not sure what to serve? Here are some recommendations to consider.
Campo Viejo, Spain, $14
Holidays and sparkling wine simply go together. Aside from being festive, sparkling wine is also amazingly food friendly. Going for a deep-fried turkey this year? Pair it with a sparkling. The acidity and effervescence cuts through the fat and creates a luscious mouthfeel. Cava—think Spanish version of Champagne—is a great value, and the Campo Viejo is crisp, fresh, and star bright.
King Estate, Oregon, $14
Pinot Gris has good body and structure without the heavy oak you might find in a Chardonnay. It pairs well with herbs and any other spice-laden side dishes you might be serving up. The King Estate is a solid choice. It’s aromatic and full of tropical fruit with a touch of minerality.
Alexander Valley Vineyards, California, $17
A loyal workhorse, Chardonnay is always a crowd pleaser. For a Chardonnay that isn’t overly oaky, but still has some toasty notes preceded by tart fruit, the Alexander Valley is a good option. This is an easy drinking wine that goes well with appetizers, or can stretch into the main course.
Rodney Strong, Russian River Valley, California, $18
A lighter red that pairs well with poultry and is practically a Thanksgiving staple, Pinot Noir is always a versatile choice and usually appeals to both white and red drinkers alike. Rodney Strong is consistent in quality and, coupled with Russian River fruit, it’s hard to go wrong with this one. If you can find it and want to splurge, the Russian River Reserve (~$40) is well worth it, too.
1000 Stories, California, $18
The fruit and spice of zinfandel makes it a good partner for a roasted turkey. The 1000 Stories is particularly fun for the Thanksgiving table. It spends time in Bourbon barrels before going in the bottle, giving it flavors that epitomize the holidays—dried herbs, vanilla, and clove.
Cline Ancient Vines, California, $16
Doing a more non-traditional Thanksgiving dinner with lamb, duck, or game? Put a Mourvèdre on the table to make a splashy impact. With a nose that jumps out of the glass, Mourvèdre is abundant in dark fruit and, in the case of Cline, there are aromas of eucalyptus with bold cherry that lingers on the finish.