Because the traditional Thanksgiving-day feast is a combination of foods that most people don’t eat that often, we get many questions about what wines to serve with the meal. Also, if you have a bunch of people coming over, you have to contend with a wide variety of tastes amongst your guests that you will have to please. It is best to have an assortment of wines to please everyone, and here are a few suggestions that will work perfectly for Thanksgiving:

For Starters

Sparkling wines are always a great way to welcome people and go well with appetizers.


  • Dry Andre Clouet Brut Nature Grand Cru Champagne ($39.99)
  • Nino Franco Rustico Prosecco ($15.99)
  • Veuve Ambal Blanc de Blancs Brut ($11.99)

Medium-Dry to Sweet:



  • Schramsberg Cremant Demi-Sec ($29.99)
  • Astoria Sparkling Moscato ($10.99)

Main Course

Reds, whites, even rose and sparkling reds can go well with turkey, as long as they have the right acid balance and tannin structure.

Medium-Bodied Dry Reds:


  • 2013 Vincent Girardin Cuvee Saint-Vincent Bourgogne ($25.99)
  • 2013 Luli Pinot Noir Santa Lucia Highlands ($19.99)
  • 2013 Dubost Morgon “La Ballofiere” ($15.99)
  • 2014 Caparzo Sangiovese ($9.99)
  • For something a little different, try the La Bulle Sarthoise Sparkling Pineau d’Aunis ($19.99)

Full-Bodied Dry Reds:


  • 2012 Chateau Dutruch Grand Poujeaux Moulis-en-Medoc $26.99
  • 2013 Dry Creek Zinfandel Sonoma $12.99
  • 2010 Prince de Tabourg Cotes de Bourg $11.99

Medium-Dry Whites:


  • 2011 VonKesselstatt Scharzhofberger Kabinett Mosel ($24.99)
  • 2014 Jardin en Fleurs Vouvray ($11.99)
  • 2014 Bott Freres Pinot Blanc Alsace ($14.99)
  • 2014 Loosen Bros Dr. L Mosel ($10.99)
  • 2013 Ehrhart Gewurztraminer Herrenweg Alsace ($18.99)

Full-Bodied Dry Whites:


  • 2013 En Route Chardonnay Russian River Valley ($26.99)
  • 2014 Angoris Friulano Friuli ($20.99)
  • 2014 Juliet Fiero Paso Robles Chardonnay ($16.99)
  • 2013 Arrowood Chardonnay Sonoma ($19.99)
  • Sebastiani Chardonnay Sonoma ($8.99)

Dessert Course:

The dessert wines that go best Thanksgiving fare generally have a nutty or slightly honey-like flavor.


  • Quinta de la Rosa Ten Year Tawny Porto ($29.99)
  • Fattoria IL Lago Vin Santo del Chianti Rufina ($46.99)
  • Oremus Tokaji Late Harvest ($29.99)
  • Desire Beerenauslese ($8.99)

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