Thanksgiving. The best meal of the year. Any holiday with a focus around a massive, seemingly never-ending feast that continues on for days, as we compile leftovers in countless creative ways to keep them interesting and new, is always a good thing in my book.
This year, needless to say, things will be somewhat different due to the Covid pandemic, and many of us won’t be able to have our usual holiday get-togethers with friends and family living far away. But there's still a good chance a Thanksgiving meal will be had and plenty of wine will be needed.
When choosing a wine, or many wines, to go with your Thanksgiving meal, the key is versatility. Depending on where we live and what our traditions are, there’s a good chance our meals will vary from one another. Some of us will have green bean casserole on the table, others won’t. Some will have cranberry sauce, and others won’t. Some will have sweet potatoes, or mashed potatoes, or mac ‘n cheese, or stuffing, or turkey, or Tofurkey, and others won’t. You get the gist. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of several natural wines that are ideal in their versatility, not to mention absolutely delicious, that are sure to pair perfectly with our Thanksgiving feasts. Happy Holidays!
Dufaitre Côte de Brouilly 2018 $30.99
Fresh, ripe berry notes with plenty of sweet strawberry, cherry, red rose, and pink peppercorn on the nose, and bright acidity on the palate, make this wine perfect for turkey with cranberry sauce.
Fontefico, Montepulciano d'Abruzzo Monty Says Glou Glou Glou 2019 20.99
The lighter, fresher side of Montepulciano, this wine is hand harvested and ferments on indigenous yeast in stainless steel. It’s ultra glou glou and goes down easily. Plus, there’s a turkey on the bottle! It’s a no brainer.
I Pentri, Beneventano Falanghina Flora 2017 $30.99
An incredible and richly textured white wine with honeyed floral notes and crisp acidity give this Falanghina a super-polished feel - ready for any elegant holiday get-together. Such a beautiful wine.
Les Maoù - Entre Chats 2019 $21.99
Grenache, Caladoc, Cinsaut, Syrah fermented semi-carbonically give this light and fresh wine aromas of ripe berries and a perfumed nuance. Juicy, and utterly delicious.
Weingut Holger Koch, Kaiserstuhl Spätburgunder 2018 $25.99
Taught, with tart cherry and earth along with fine tannins, this German Pinot Noir ready for the Thanksgiving table. Serve it with a slight chill for maximum drinking pleasure.
Domaine Saint Préfert, Châteauneuf-du-Pape 2018 $52.99
Black raspberries, herbes de Provence, ground pepper, and candied orange aromas make this wine the perfect choice for those super-chic Thanksgiving dinners. Swap turkey out for roasted duck for the ultimate holiday meal.
Hervé Villemade, Bovin Rouge 2019 $25.99
Sometimes 750 ml isn’t enough. Thankfully, this liter sized Gamay from the Loire valley, with its fresh fruitiness and earthy aromas, along with a silky texture, is here to help.
Cristiana Meggiolaro, Veneto Sarò 2018 $24.99
This Garganega, with its floral blossoms, melon, minerality, and lush texture make it the go-to choice for those who prefer the white meat, or for the vegetarian/vegan Thanksgiving meals. The finish goes on for days and so do the Thanksgiving leftovers.
Swick Wines, Bring It Red Blend 2019 $24.99
Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Graciano, Syrah, and Nebbiolo create a chillable Pacific Northwestern blend full of red cherry and earthy notes - an ideal companion to dark meat turkey with sausage stuffing. Yum.
Domaine Gauby, Côtes du Roussillon Villages Muntada 2014 $85.99
A blend of 70% Grenache and 30% Syrah, Domaine Gauby’s “Muntada” cuvée is delicate and refined. The tannins are velvety and wild strawberry and ripe cherry mingle with savory herbs in the glass. For the classy Thanksgiving.
Les Capriades, Pet'Sec Méthode Ancestrale 2019 $32.99
No holiday meal would be complete without some bubbles. This Chenin Blanc sparkler is alive with loads of green apple and citrus, and a fine mousse. Try as an aperitif with cheeses or throughout the meal.
Josep Foraster, Conca de Barberà Trepat 2018 $23.99
Pale ruby in the glass. Josep Foraster’s Trepat is packed with red berries, white pepper, and spice. This wine is calling for Turkey legs and spice-roasted sweet potatoes.