One of the most cherished parts of Thanksgiving is sharing a table with loved ones over delicious starters and wine. When appetizers with contrasting flavors are served, it's essential to find a wine that is both adaptable and crowd-pleasing.
To start the celebration off on the right foot, we suggest uncorking a bottle of our 2019 Chardonnay or 2019 Rosé of Pinot Noir. The 2019 Chardonnay is a beautifully balanced wine with delicate fruit aromas and flavors, while the 2019 Rosé of Pinot Noir makes for the perfect aperitif with hints of rose petals and red berry fruits on the nose and a crisp, clean finish.
The versatile nature of these wines make them easy to pair with a wide variety of appetizers, including our favorite creamy Fresh Herb Dip served with vegetables. Or, if you're looking for more of a savory appetizer, try our Stuffed Mushroom recipe.
Now it's time for the star of the show—the turkey! Our 2018 Anderson Valley Pinot Noir makes for the perfect duo when paired with our Barbeque Turkey recipe. It's a twist on the classic Thanksgiving ingredients we are used to. The earthy, delicate flavors of this Pinot Noir do a great job of accentuating the turkey without being overpowering.
Since this pairing will undoubtedly have you coming back for seconds, it's a good thing this wine is available in amagnum. This bottle will be the centerpiece of your Thanksgiving table! Grab a magnum of our 2018 Anderson Valley Pinot Noir, with shipping included, when you use code: MAGNUMSHIP. This wine is meant to be shared and create memories that will last a lifetime.
Don't worry if white wine is more your thing—we have another memorable pairing for you. Our Barbeque Turkey recipe also tastes excellent alongside the Lula 2019 Gewürztraminer, a universally-appealing wine.
While the turkey may be the main attraction, Thanksgiving isn't complete without sides. Our two go-tos? Creamy Mashed Potatoes and Green Bean Casserole –both of these dishes pair beautifully with our food-friendly Pinot Noir and Gewürztraminer.
At our table, there’s always room for dessert, and we have plenty of pairing options in our portfolio! Our 2018 Zinfandel is not your classic California Zinfandel— with hints of pepper, sweet oak, and floral purple fruits—it’s exceptional when matched with the flavors of pumpkin. A Thanksgiving staple, our recipe for Pumpkin Pie, will make your holiday dinner extra sweet this year.
Another favorite wine to pair with dessert is our 2018 Guntly Red. This pinot-driven red blend is medium-bodied with vibrant red and purple aromas and a fleshy textured palate, making it an ideal complement to this buttery old-fashioned Apple Crisp recipe with a scoop (or two!) of vanilla ice cream on top. Trust us, this duo is worth saving room for.
We hope your Thanksgiving is full of happiness, lots of turkey, and great wine. If you try these pairings, be sure to share it with us on Facebook and Instagram. Make sure to check out our holiday recipes page if you’re still looking for ideas to complete your holiday menu!