Buyers and Sellers November 6, 2023

A Guide to Thanksgiving Wine Pairings

Thanksgiving is a time for family gatherings, delicious feasts, and expressing gratitude.

It’s also an occasion to savor a variety of flavors, from the savory turkey to the sweet pumpkin pie. To elevate your Thanksgiving celebration, consider the perfect wine pairings that will enhance the flavors of your feast.

Let’s look at some expert advice on selecting the right wines to complement various Thanksgiving dishes, ensuring a harmonious meal for you and your guests.


  1. Turkey, the Centerpiece

Turkey is the star of the Thanksgiving table, and it’s a versatile meat that can work well with different wines. For a classic pairing, a Pinot Noir is an excellent choice.

Its fruity and earthy notes complement the mild flavors of turkey, and its acidity helps cut through the richness of the gravy.


  1. Cranberry Sauce and Sparkling Wine

Cranberry sauce adds a tangy, fruity element to your Thanksgiving plate. To balance the sweetness and acidity of cranberry sauce, consider serving a sparkling wine like a Prosecco or a Champagne.

The bubbles refresh the palate and enhance the cranberry’s tartness.


  1. Stuffing and Chardonnay

Whether you prefer traditional herb stuffing or cornbread stuffing, a Chardonnay can be an ideal match. Its buttery and slightly oaked flavors complement the richness of the stuffing, making for a harmonious pairing.

  1. Mashed Potatoes and White Bordeaux

Creamy mashed potatoes demand a wine that’s both rich and zesty. A White Bordeaux wine with its crisp acidity and citrusy notes is an excellent choice.

It complements the potatoes without overpowering them.


  1. Sweet Potatoes and Riesling

Sweet potatoes often feature brown sugar or marshmallow toppings, creating a sweet and savory combination.

A semi-sweet Riesling pairs wonderfully with sweet potato dishes, as its slight sweetness balances the caramelized sweetness of the dish.


  1. Green Beans and Sauvignon Blanc

For the green bean casserole or sautéed green beans, a Sauvignon Blanc with its herbal and citrusy qualities is an excellent choice.

It adds a fresh and vibrant contrast to the earthy green beans.


  1. Ham and Zinfandel

If ham is part of your Thanksgiving tradition, a Zinfandel is an excellent match.

Its bold and fruity flavors complement the saltiness and smokiness of ham.


  1. Pumpkin Pie and Gewürztraminer

Thanksgiving wouldn’t be complete without a slice of pumpkin pie. To enhance this classic dessert, serve it with a Gewürztraminer.

This wine’s floral and spicy notes complement the pie’s nutmeg and cinnamon flavors.


Personal preferences vary, so feel free to experiment and discover your own favorite pairings. Above all, remember to enjoy the company of loved ones and give thanks for the blessings of the year.


Cheers to a delicious and memorable Thanksgiving!

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