Thanksgiving. What are you drinking?

Thanksgiving can be one of the greatest wine and food pairing opportunities of the year, as the diversity of flavors and textures all on one plate allow for countless successful selections. We at Winegardner’s are not telling you that the following wines are what you should drink alongside your turkey this year; but if you did, you might just be the hit of the party.

Steinmann Grüner Silvaner – This zippy little tart of a wine is extremely complex and balanced with minteral tones and high fruit acid lingering on the finish making it an amazing pairing with almost every Thanksgiving Day dish.

Seven Hills Riesling – Riesling is a classic Thanksgiving pairing, and this one has just a hint of sweetness to pair with everything from the cranberry sauce to the pumpkin pie. It also appeals to a wide variety of guests due to its nice notes of crisp apple, sumptious nectarine and hints of cardamom.

Can Feixes Blanco – If you love cava, but your guests prefer still wines, this is the perfect choice for you. There is something savory about this Spanish blend that makes me think of celery, and makes it pair well with fowl and vegetables. A perfect weight for the Thanksgiving bird and the gravy that goes with it. (IWC Tanzer 89pts)

Gundlach Bundschu Gewürztraminer – All the aromatics of warm baking spices and floral notes in a bone dry style! Perfect!

Meyer Fonne Gewürztraminer – Classic gewürztraminer with perfume of spiced peach, lemon drop, cured meat and brown spices. This wine pairs well with the turkey and sweet potatoes, all the way to the pumpkin pie!

Badenhorst Rosé – Cinsault, Shiraz and Grenache Noir This is a truly unique rose as it was made from very old vines and exquisitly displays minerality and aromas of complex red fruits, spice, rose water, and currants. Please pass the turkey…again. (WA 89pts)

Mas Fi Cava Rosé – This cava boasts beautiful acid with fruit forward flavors that lend themselves to the prized dish of the day, THE TURKEY!

Pratsch Rosé – A dry rosé featuring aromas and flavors of wild strawberries, peach and pear backed by crisp, refreshing acidity that will cut through the fat of the Turkey Day meal.

Sesti Rosato – This rosé is made from Sangiovese, and has the same dryness, and a delicate nuance of blood orange and a clean vibrancy that will have your guests asking for more.

Bugey Cerdon Rosé – An off dry bubbly, that is so juicy and well integrated that it lends itself perfectly to the variety of Thanksgiving Day foods. (WA 90pts)

Pratsch Zweigelt – In the heat of a crowd, or a kitchen bustling with activity, it is nice to have a red you can put a bit of a chill on and will make your turkey with cranberry sauce pop with flavor.

La Pierre Raisins Gaulois – The Lapierre house havests their grapes at their ripest, to maintain a beautiful bouquet and flavor of plush fruit that will have you and your guest singing their praises.

Dupeuble Beaujolais – From a house of Beaujolais repute since 1512, this Beaujolais has a raciness and earthyness that accompanies the fowl of the season.

Forager Pinot Noir – One sniff will send you off to the heavens. Strawberries, loam and lingering pinosity, all in a perfect looking package for the season.

Ponzi Tavola – The wine critics did not get this one wrong when they gave it “points.” Everything we love about Oregon Pinots is present here, with a better price tag to go along with it. (WS 91pts, WE 90pts, W&S 90pts “Best Buy”)

Tofanelli Zinfandel – This is one for the dark meat lovers….with a nose of raspberry filled candy, rose petals and a touch of spice, this Garnet colored, elegant Zinfandel is round and soft on the palate with a purity of red fruit expression.


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