When it comes to wine, let’s talk turkey not politics

This year might be the year that wine is more important than ever at your Thanksgiving celebration. The chances of someone bringing up the recent political election is pretty good. This is where wine may come to the rescue. We don’t all agree on politics, but we sure do agree on a crisp Pinot Gris to go with our Turkey and stuffing. Stick to the wine folks! 

There are many different opinions on which wines go best with Thanksgiving dinner. From bubbly to Pinot Noir, everyone has their favorite. Personally, I like to have both white and red on the table. Undoubtedly, there is always Pinot on our table that my grandfather brings, which is very good with the spread. But I prefer a red with a little more body to hold up to all the heavy food. 

Zinfandel is a red wine that amplifies the spices enjoyed in your Thanksgiving feast. From the cranberries to the dark meat turkey. This is a winner every time. A few to try:

  • Oak Ridge Ancient Vine Zinfandel Total Wine & More $15
  • Sobon Estate Zinfandel Total Wine & More $11.99

Malbec is just a great cold weather wine. It’s full of fruit and subtle spice, not too tannic and it’s just so tasty! 

  • Catena Malbec $15 Total Wine & More 
  • High note $10 Total Wine & More 
  • Guggenheim Malbec $10 Total Wine & More 

Now on to white wine. 

Bubbly is always a great match with Thanksgiving fare. Not only does it make the celebration that much more special, it goes great with the appetizers and the turkey. The bubbles act as a good balance to heaviness of the Thanksgiving meal. A few to try: 

  • Gruet Brut $15 Total Wine & More 
  • Graham Beck Brut Rose $17.99 Total Wine & More 
  • Dibon Brut Reserve Cava $11.99 Total Wine & More 

Pinot Gris isn’t always as light as you might think. It is medium bodied and holds up pretty well to the hearty Thanksgiving spread. Crisp, citrus, fruit and occasional minerals, this is a good pick for the folks who don’t like the tannins red wine has to offer. 

  • King Estate Pinot Gris $13 Total Wine & More and $12 at Costco 
  • La Crema Pinot Gris $16 Total Wine & More 
  • A to Z Pinot Gris $14 Total Wine & More 

Chardonnay is always a “go to” for me. I just love Chardonnay and all it has to offer. Generally, I like a very oaky chard. However, that is not the best pair for Thanksgiving because it can be too overpowering. Chardonnay is good because it is heavier and can hold up to the heaviness of stuffing and mashed potatoes. But you want more of the creamier, toasty chards. A few to try: 

  • Clos du Bois Chardonnay $8 Total Wine & More 
  • Mondavi Chardonnay Napa $14 Total Wine & More 
  • Sonoma Cutrer Chardonnay $19 Total Wine & More 
  • Rodney Strong $15 Total Wine & More 
  • River Road Unoaked Chardonnay $13 Total Wine & More 

And this year’s surprise wine! Who knew there was a surprise wine? 

Gewürztraminer! (Say it 3 times very fast)

It’s a mouthful to say, but gosh it’s good! And it’s even better with that turkey and gravy! It’s a nice change up to the typical white wines that may be served. This year 

I am uncorking Chateau Ste Michelle Gewurztraminer. Total Wine carries it for $10. Montgomery County Liquor is around the same price. It’s crisp with pear notes and clove spice on the finish. 

Bring this and not only will it taste great with the traditional fare, it may be a better conversation starter than politics! 


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