Best Wines for your Thanksgiving Dinner
It’s almost Thanksgiving! I can’t believe the year has flown by so fast but here we are.
I’m sure your menu is all sorted and hopefully, you’ve got your turkey brining. If you’re cooking or hosting, today should be all about last minute preparations so that you aren’t scrambling for the big day. And if you need to order or make a reservation, click here for some excellent options.
If you haven’t thought about wines to enjoy with dinner, you’re going to want to read on. Today, we are discussing the best wines to pair with your Thanksgiving dinner. And no, these aren’t random selections, they are well thought out selections intended to be enjoyed with a rich, turkey-day dinner.
I reached out to my friends at The Tasting Room here in Bermuda for recommendations and owner John Lake did not disappoint. He recommended five wines to complement your dinner. The wines will go with more than one dish and side dishes and are sure to be crowd pleasers no matter your budget.
John said Thanksgiving dinner can be a challenge with various dishes and described it as “a sommelier’s nightmare”. But, he was up to the challenge. Let’s get into it.
Wine 1 – H. Blin Brut Rosé N/V – $53.60
John says: “Sparkling Rosé Champagne is one of our favorite wines for pairing with food and this example from H. Blin is outstanding value. An elegant champagne with beautiful notes of raspberry, redcurrant and rose whilst on the palate it becomes deeper and has a spiced brioche finish.”
Ya’ll know I love rosé, especially rosé champagne, so this will likely be on my table this year.
Wine 2 – Florian Mollet Sauvignon Blanc 2021 – $20.95
John says this can be enjoyed before or with dinner.
“This Sauvignon Blanc from expert winemaker Florian Mollet is perfect to enjoy on its own before dinner but it really comes alive when enjoyed with dinner. Its citrus and mineral notes are the perfect way to keep your palate fresh between bites of the rich sides at dinner.”
Wine 3 – Trimbach Riesling 2019 – $37.50
John says this Alsatian Riesling from one of the world’s best producers is sure to make your guests smile.
“This wine is perfectly balanced and is packed full of apple, pear and citrus notes so can be enjoyed with the main course and the dessert alike.”
Wine 4 – Four Graces Willamette Valley Pinot Noir 2018 – $48.90
According to John, this wine is great for main and side dishes.
“Flavors of bright-red berries such as turkey-friendly cranberry are prominent in this balanced, subtly spicy Willamette Valley Pinot Noir. Deemed a chef’s wine, this bottle will pair well with the main and side dishes.
“Named for the four daughters of the founder, Four Graces is part of an experimental
sustainability program called L.I.V.E. (low impact viticulture and enology).”
Wine 5 – Fidora Amarone della Valpolicella 2014 – $53.60
If you’re serving ham for Thanksgiving, John says this is the wine for you.
“Fidora is one of our newest additions to the portfolio and quickly becoming a favorite. If you are featuring ham as your main dish this year then this rich, dried cherry and chocolatey wine is the perfect pairing. It accentuates the sweetness of the ham, the acidity cleanses the palate between bites and the aromas of figs and raisins help to transport you to that harvest table.”
So there you have it, five fantastic wines to pair with your dinner. And the good thing is, you can just send this post to the person who is bringing wine for them to go purchase a few bottles. One less thing you have to do!
If you’re in Bermuda, head over to The Tasting Room to get 15% off all of these wines this week. Make sure to tell them I sent you. I might actually bump into you because I am behind on my Thanksgiving prep!
I‘m Mikaela, an island girl in Bermuda who’s obsessed with sharing gourmet food, fantastic wine and luxe experiences. If you love all things food and wine, click here to join my email list to get awesome recommendations.