Picking wines for Thanksgiving dinner can be very challenging! There isn’t just meat to contend with, your selection must also match your autumn veg picks, cranberry sauce, potatoes and everything in between. If you’re feeling intimidated, who better to ask than us! Below, our team spills their favourites for Thanksgiving dinner. Pop into either shop and grab your “Thanksgiving Survival Pack”! Please note, selection varies by location & only while supplies lasts!
Darren – Bubbles
The main course is always the star at Thanksgiving dinner so pairings are most often focused around that, but what about pre and post dinner? While we’re cooking and nibbling on a spread of appetizers I love to sip on bubbles. Bubbles are so versatile they compliment almost everything from cheeses to prawns. After dinner with pie, give me a port to sip on! Perfection.
Andrew – Pinot Noir
With turkey (and ham alike), Pinot Noir is always a winner. If you opt for an old world option like Burgundy with a more mushroom/earthy quality to the wine, it will be stunning with the more savoury elements that you find in stuffing (sage/thyme). If you go more new world style, the red fruit quality will match with cranberry sauce and elevate the turkey. It never fails!
Erin – Rosé
My “go-to” Thanksgiving wine is the Cellars Capcanes Mas Picosa Blanc de Noir Grenache Rosé. Rosé and turkey dinner are a match made in heaven. The Mas Picosa spends a bit of time on lees, giving it a full, round mouthfeel. It’s super fresh with bright notes of cranberry, a touch of baking spice and zippy acidity. Find this wine in the October edition of Smart Buys Wine Club!
Nathalie – Medium Bodied, Fruity White
This is one of my favourite wines in the shop right now, the grape is a very unique cross between Riesling and Pinot Blanc called Manzoni Bianco. It’s a complex, medium bodied white with notes ranging from honey and apricot to nutmeg. It has an amazing mouthfeel. The range of fruity and savoury notes make it divine with all things Thanksgiving – especially turkey and stuffing!
Selena – Oaked Chardonnay
For Thanksgiving dinner I enjoy a generously oaked Chardonnay (think USA). The spread on the Thanksgiving table often leans towards rich dishes, which match well with an oaked Chardonnay. The fruity notes, like juicy, ripe peaches and pear really bring something to turkey while the more toasty woody notes lend to the creamy mashed potatoes.
Nik – Beaujolais
Light-bodied reds, with a bit of funk for intrigue, always impress me. So Beaujolais is always a winner. With notes of rhubarb, redcurrant and fresh acidity, it cleanses the palate and pairs perfectly with roast turkey (dark meat, moist dressing or skin-crusted breast) and cranberry sauce. Red with turkey? You betcha! I recommend Jean-Paul Brun, Terres Dorées Cote de Brouilly Beaujolais Gamay, Haywire Gamay or Domaine de Bel-Air Les Granits Bleus Beaujolais Villages.
Happy Thanksgiving from the Vine Styles team!