Which Wines Should You Drink with Thanksgiving Dinner?

By November 20, 2015 Blog No Comments

Thanksgiving! It’s one of those celebrations that nowadays truly revolves around a single meal. And where there are festivities and food, wine can’t be too far behind.

But before deciding what you’re going to be drinking, you’ve got to consider a few things. First, this is one of the biggest meals of the year, and second, you’re going to be drinking for a while. You’ll want something light, is what we’re saying, but also something that matches well with the myriad meats, vegetables and everything else you’ll be consuming.

Which is why we’d suggest…

Pinot Noir

This one’s a traditional favorite for good reason. It is fruity and light-bodied enough to provide a refreshing counterpoint to turkey and herbal flavors, (and have you quaffing for the duration of dinner), but also bold and acidic enough to cut through the other, richer flavors that can surround it.


It wouldn’t be right to talk about wine pairings for this most American of holidays without mentioning one of American wine’s favorites. But Zinfandel and Thanksgiving go deeper than their shared American-ness; the wine’s fruity, low tannin character makes it moist enough to balance out what has a tendency to be one of the drier meats.

Restaurant Autumn Place Setting
Gruner Veltliner

If you’re craving a white wine with Thanksgiving, there are many worse choices that you could make than a Gruner Veltliner. It usually embodies a drier style, with an exceptionally high acidity that can cut through the rich creaminess of many traditional Thanksgiving dishes. It can stand up to turkey without much trouble too.

Smoked ham on a chopping board.

It’s true; dry rosé wines in particular are versatile when it comes to pairing. They are particularly well suited to pork; perfect for that big ol’ roast ham. Throw some autumnal and winter vegetables in to the mix and they’ll rub up pretty well against them, too.

Homemade Pumpkin Pie For Thanksigiving
Something fizzy

Thanksgiving is a celebration after all, right? We’ll leave this one up to you; a sparkling aperitif is down to taste, whether you want to liven things up with Prosecco or splurge on Champagne. And if you’re drinking before dinner, you don’t need to worry about pairing too much… just concern yourself with getting festive.

Still not sure what to drink on Thanksgiving? Keep your eye our for a new Thanksgiving wine pack on the BottlesXO app, coming soon.

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