Need Thanksgiving Wines?

As far as wine drinkers are concerned, Thanksgiving is the Superbowl of wine drinking holidays. With so much of the day centering around food, friends and family — wine is the natural choice for sharing the spotlight front and center on the dinner table or around a bustling kitchen.

While we believe you should always drink what you like while you eat what you like, we also suggest pairing Thanksgiving wines which offer balance and refreshment. Ideally they should be easy drinking and not overwhelm the food that someone special spent all day preparing. So here are a few suggestions.

Mâcon-Charnay Franclieu 2011 ($19.99) – This unoaked chardonnay from the Mâconnais region of Burgundy is light and refreshing yet still smooth and round on the tongue. It’s a great white to pass around the table to new wine drinkers or cellar geeks. Stop looking for California chardonnay that tastes like Burgundy when you can drink actual Burgundy for less.

Dirler-Cade Gewurztraminer Grand Cru Kessler 2007 ($44.99) – Wine geeks will unite around this Grand Cru from Alsace. This wine is as sophisticated as any Gewurztraminer we’ve tasted in our store. It’s aromatically endowed with grace and balance while not overly sweet, spicy or oily. While it’s not inexpensive, it’s a wine you can sip, savor and revisit through your second and third helpings of stuffing.

Falesco Vitiano Rosso 2010 ($11.99) – Eric Asimov of the NY Times suggested this blend of sangiovese, merlot and cabernet sauvignon for Turkey Day and we couldn’t agree more. It’s ripe red fruit, spice and cocoa flavors work well with turkey gravy and the richer bites at the table. What’s a holiday without an Italian red right?

Clos de la Roillette Fleurie 2011 ($24.99) – This Cru Beaujolais will redefine your expectations of Beaujolais. This is NOT Beaujolais Nouveau. We’re talking old vine gamay farmed on one of the best hillside vineyards in the region and aged in oak barrels. This wine resembles pinot noir at twice its price point with aromas of currants, black cherries and spice. It’s round and balanced with a lingering acidity that will keep you coming back for more.

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