Thanksgiving Wine Guide 2020!

Although it’s hard to believe Thanksgiving is upon us, it’s nice to think also, we are in the holiday season. If you have the fortune to be able to see your friends and loved ones for Thanksgiving, you’re lucky! I spend every Thanksgiving with my mom and have been able to visit with her during this crazy year, so I am excited to bring some great wines to her house for us to enjoy. As we all well know, 2020 has been quite a year, good and bad. Wine brings people together, and I think these wines will pair perfectly with your Thanksgiving feast, no matter how you’re celebrating.

Sparkling- Normally I begin the holiday with some bubbly while watching the Parade! This year the parade will be virtual, so it’s a great time to pop open a bottle while prepping for your feast. 

Chapel Down, Three Graces- This English bubbly is one of a kind! Super fresh on the nose, with brioche undertones, and nice body. and plenty of apples. This wine is such a fun starter and will easily pair well with appetizers such as baked brie, spinach and asiago dip, butternut squash soup, and even a fall flatbread! I love this wine so much, it’s ideal for this time of year when we are celebrating more in person or virtually. English sparkling is becoming more and more popular, and this one is perfect if you wanted to try one this holiday season! $47.99

Sosie 2018 “First Things First” Sparkling White- This is a fun and charismatic bubbly that is perfect to bring around friends who like to get a little geeky with their wines. Made from Roussanne grapes, and barrel fermented, followed by some oak aging before a second fermentation. This wine is expressive with orange and apricot notes and a fullness. It’s creamy and really quite a stunning sparkling wine, with a richness that’s ideal with savory Thanksgiving dishes! $30

Bottega Gold Prosecco DOC-  One of my favorite prosecco’s out there! Bottega produces a wide range of wines, sparkling wines, as well as spirits. I had the pleasure of visiting them last October, and it was phenomenal! I fell in love with this Prosecco, because of its elegance and beautiful bottle. This wine I would say is ideal for any time sipping, but for Thanksgiving make it into a fun cocktail, and combine some Bottega Limoncino with a few sprigs of mint, topped with this beautiful bubbly, and you will be the ideal hostess for the holiday season! If you want to drink it on its own, no problem, it’s absolutely beautiful and pairs well with cheeses and seafood, as well as Thanksgiving appetizers. $32

Freixenet Sparkling Italian Rosé– Freixenet has expanded and is producing sparkling wines in Italy now! This rosé has been featured in my Somm In The Bridal Suite piece because I love it so much. It’s bright and refreshing, elegant, and soft. Nice bright red fruit on the nose, with just a touch of toast. On the palate, it’s simply delicious, very easy to drink, and full of that beautiful red fruit from the nose. Made from Glera and Pinot Noir grapes, this wine is ideal as an aperitif, as well as can easily pair with all your holiday meals! $21

 

White- White wines are always essential at the Thanksgiving table. They easily pair well with turkey, as well as plenty of daytime appetizers. I always sip a white wine slower than a red, and find them to be ideal daytime wines in my home! 

Sunny With A Chance Of Flowers Chardonnay 85 Calories, 3.4g Carbs, and zero added sugar! This wine is ideal for sipping during the day, or with your dinner since it’s lower in calories but not lower in quality. I showcased this wine at one of my recent events, and it was a huge hit. It’s bright and fruity, with a sunny California feel! It’s refreshing and dry, and perfect for those looking to be a little healthier this holiday season. $16.99

2018 Château Tanesse, Palissades Moelleux A beauty from Côtes De Bordeaux, by Famille Gonfrier! This wine is full of perfume, flowers, and bright white peach notes. Made from 85% Muscadelle and 15% Sauvignon, this wine is just delicious! On the palate, it’s simply beautiful and makes for an ideal day time wine because it has a medium sweetness that’s almost addicting. I absolutely love this wine, it’s gorgeous and elegant, and I recommend grabbing a few bottles because it will be so popular with Thanksgiving appetizers or brunch! $20

2018 Acrobat Pinot Gris- Man do I love a good Pinot Gris! I mean who doesn’t, right? This wine is crisp and refreshing with notes of Asian pear, melon, and apples. It’s a great wine from Oregon and would make a great statement at the Thanksgiving dinner table this year, because of it’s pair-ability. This wine is great for starters, however, can easily pair well with your turkey and all the trimmings. $15

2018 Weinviertel Dac Zeisen, Grüner Veltliner- The grapes grow in the largest oyster fossil reef in the world, in the Weinviertel region of Austria! This wine is full of spice, pepper, and refreshing fruit notes. On the finish, you’ll also find that nice spice, which makes this ideal with food.  I always love a good Grüner at the table with fall foods, because of it’s refreshing acidity and liveliness. This wine is perfect as an aperitif, as you greet your guests this holiday season! $18.99

2019 La Perrière Sancerre A beautiful wine from the Loire Valley with white floral notes and nice minerality. I really love Sancerre in the summer with oysters, as well as this time of year, with fall flavors. It’s suave rich and made with 100% Sauvignon Blanc grapes. This wine is absolutely delicious now but also has aging potential. It’s bright and mineral-driven with some of that grassiness that we love from the region. Overall this can pair nicely with fish and creamier dishes! $39.99

 

 

 

Red

2019 V2G Red Blend– Organic and sustainable with no added sulfites, made from 80% syrah and 20% Cabernet Sauvignon. It’s a gorgeous red wine that’s easy to drink and full of beautiful dark fruit and spice notes. They want people to rethink the way we drink wine and have made an incredibly delicious wine. It’s a wine that goes down really smooth and is a palate pleaser for almost anyone who enjoys a dry red wine. Produced in the Languedoc-Roussillon area of France, this ideal wine can be aged for a few years, however, drinking it now is certainly something you can do. I would make this a staple wine in my home, especially for the great price. $15.99

2019 El Gringo, Dark Red Tempranillo- Inspired the old Hollywood of Spain and western movies! El Gringo always had a glass of wine in his hand, which is why this label is not only cool looking, it’s fitting for such a deep, dark, wine. Clean aromas of black cherry, coffee beans, chocolate, and strawberries. On the palate, it is smooth and really quite delicious. Aged a bit in oak, this wine is ideal for Turkey and Stuffing! $15

2013 Cascina Castlet, Monferrato Rosso- An incredible wine, with bold red fruit notes and an earthiness from the Monferrato DOC. The label is inspired by a flock of birds, flying away after harvest, and the grape varietal is a forgotten one until now. Uvalino, the grape, is an ancient varietal they used as an experiment and it worked out beautifully for this wine. It’s a deep purple color with an intense nose and long lingering finish. It’s smooth and beautiful, and would be perfect for a Thanksgiving dinner! This one everyone will love, and can easily also pair well with desserts including pumpkin pie, chocolate pecan pie, and cinnamon ice cream! $32

2015 Dutchers Crossing Syrah, Proprietors Reserve–  Another gorgeous wine from one of my favorite wineries, in the Dry Creek Sonoma area. This wine was originally a gift from a father to his vintner’s daughter and has become quite a favorite. This syrah is bold and beautiful with blackberry, pepper, and dark cherry notes. The spice is well integrated following a very long, lingering, and wonderful finish. This would be ideal with fall flavors, including a sweet potato casserole, sausage stuffing, and turkey legs of course!  This wine is a stunner, and something everyone will love! $34

Beaulieu Vineyard 2016 Tapestry Reserve Red Blend This Napa Valley red blend is always one I would choose for my holiday table. It’s seductive and smooth, made with a blend of 5 Bordeaux heritage grape varietals, and is ideal for so many Thanksgiving dishes. The Cabernet Sauvignon boasts black fruit, currants, and cassis, while the Merlot brings a vibrant cherry flavor and some delicious jammy notes. The Cab Franc and the Petit Verdot add in some nice floral notes and nice baking spice to this wine. Overall it’s a wonderful wine which will be a huge hit at the table and also makes for a great gift! $65

 

Happy Holidays everyone! Always remember, eat what you like and drink what you love. Please pair responsibly and stay healthy!

Sara Lehman

About Sara Lehman

Sommelier, Private Chef, & Food and Wine Pairing Expert in NYC! Sara is a Wine Writer, Wine Ambassador, and Wine Consultant specializing in pairings, parties, entertaining and education.

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