A Thanksgiving table is not complete without a perfect bottle of wine. A good glass of wine can be counted on, even if the turkey is dry or the mashed potatoes are chunky. We’re here to help you choose the perfect bottle to nestle in between the stuffing and the sweet potatoes.
Your family will thank you.
Avoid dry wines.
Dry wines won’t stand a chance against all the savory flavors you are stuffing your face with. Stick with lighter, fruity wines which will provide a nice contrast to the herbs and spices in your feast. A touch a sweetness cuts through the heavy flavors perfectly.
Confused about the differences between sweet and dry wine? Check out this explanation.
Acidity is your friend.
A wine with some acidity will cleanse your pallet after each flavorful bite. You’ll feel refreshed and ready to fill up your plate for the third (or fourth) time. In general, white wines and lighter red wines have the most acidity.
Don’t go for high alcohol content.
You’re looking to have a good time with your family, not get schwasted and end up on all your cousins’ Snap Stories. Plus you’re gonna wanna remember the pie.
Don’t worry, here’s a handy guide to the alcohol content in wine.
If you don’t have a fave wine that meets all the criteria above, check out our suggestions.
Riesling — This is the perfect Thanksgiving wine. It’s fruity, but not too fruity and perfectly refreshing.
Gewürztraminer — This funky name means “spiced” in German, which makes it the perfect match for your autumnal table. It has a nice hint of sweetness to cut the spice.
Sauvignon Blanc — This is crisp and refreshing, with just enough acidity to take on those fatty flavors.
Pinot Noir — This is a classic Thanksgiving wine. It is subtly earthy and fruity and perfect to sip on with turkey.
Zinfandel — More intense than Pinot Noir, but silky smooth and a nice complement to your side dishes.
Syrah — This is a bold option, but its herby undertones pair well with stuffing or seasoned turkey.
Also, consider a classic Rosé for a light fruity option or even sparkling wine to serve with appetizers or dessert.
Whichever wine you choose, make sure it’s from America. It is Thanksgiving after all.