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10 Best Wines to Pair with Turkey for Luxury Thanksgiving Dinner 2021

The Best Wines to Serve at Thanksgiving This Year

Hosting Thanksgiving at your house this year? Or spending the day at someone else’s home, and seeking a host or hostess gift that will pair well with the feast? Our correspondent Abbie Martin Greenbaum has done the research and is sharing a curated a list of the 10 best wines to serve at Thanksgiving 2021.

What are the best wines to buy for Thanksgiving?

Even with this year’s altered celebrations, choosing the right wine for Thanksgiving can be a difficult taskWith foods ranging from sweet to savory, and heavy to even heavier – not to mention tastes that range across the rainbow – it may feel impossible to even know where to start. How can you pair a bottle with so many different variables?  

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But rather than seeing this as a challenge, let’s instead embrace it as an open invitation, and relax. If we can’t possibly choose the “right” bottle for pumpkin pie and Brussels sprouts, then we also can’t possibly choose the wrong oneAs long as we go with a bottle that most people will like, we should have a stress-free choice that seals the deal on 2021’s holiday meal. Here are ten that we recommend for this year’s feast.   

The Best Wines to Serve at Thanksgiving This Year

10 Best Wines to Pair with Turkey for Luxury Thanksgiving Dinner 2021

1. 2017 La Belle Promenade Pinot Noir 

Pinot noirs are undeniably a Thanksgiving (and every day) favorite. Since they are light on tannins and full of acidthey can pair with just about anything that’s on your plateAnd the fact that it’s a crowd pleaser also doesn’t hurt. This year we’re recommending this 2017 bottle from Oregon’s Flâneur Wines. An even brighter update of their 2016 bottle, this one is both fruity and spicy, and would be a great asset on your Thanksgiving table this year.  

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La Belle Promenade. Courtesy Photo.

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 2. Russian River Valley Pinot Noir 2018  

Since pinot noirs are such a Thanksgiving Day hit, we thought we might as well include a second option for you to try. This 2018 bottle from Kosta Browne comes from their Keefer Ranch, in collaboration with Marcy Keefer. It’s one of the vineyard’s holiday recommendations, and we can see why. Smooth, dry and acidic, the notes include a fruit-filled aroma, and a soft taste. It would go particularly well with poultry, and since turkey is slated to be the showstopping course for many of us, this is a golden choice.  

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What are the best wines to buy this Thanksgiving: Russian River Valley. Courtesy Photo.

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3. 2016 Eroica XLC Dry Riesling 

Whether it’s sweet or dry, Riesling is a versatile wine that pairs well with foods of different flavors. It’s also light enough to serve as a palate cleanser for a meal that – while delicious – can start to weigh you down after a few hours. For this reason, Riesling has always been a popular Thanksgiving choice, and we think you’ll love this one. Eroica wines are a collaboration between two of the greatest Riesling producers: Dr. Loosen in Germany, and Chateau Ste. Michelle in Washington State. The result is a dry Riesling, perfect for this year’s feast.    

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Eroica XLC Dry Riesling. Courtesy Photo.

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4. Vibrations Chénas

Beaujolais is another historically popular Thanksgiving wine that checks all of the requisite boxes:  generally well-liked, low in tannins, extremely acidic, and full of a refreshing, fruity flavor. And it pairs well with turkey, too. This particular bottle is the winner of the 2020 Vivino’s Wine Style Awards, and comes from the Thillardon Brothers. Paul-Henri and Charles Thillardon are young winemakers have already left their mark on the region, and we’re excited to see what comes next from them.  

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What are the best wines to buy this Thanksgiving: Vibrations Chénas. Courtesy Photo.

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5. Marcel Lapierre Morgon 2019 

Another Beaujolais, because you can never have too many on Thanksgiving. Simultaneously earthy and low in tannins, this is a wine that is floral and easy to sip. Marcel Lapierre has been a master of Beaujolais for many decades, using traditional methods with the utmost precision. Since it’s hard to beat this critically-acclaimed bottle, you are welcome to stop your search here.  

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Best wine Thanksgiving 2021: Marcel Lapierre Morgon. Courtesy Photo.

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6. 2018 Sauvignon Blanc, Ballard Canyon Estate 

We stand by what we said: the most important part of choosing a Thanksgiving wine is choosing one that will definitely be liked by as many people as possible. And with this dry bottle from Rusack Vineyards, you won’t have to worry. With notes of nectarine, passionfruit, pineapple, and jasmine flowers, this homecoming queen of a wine will cleanse everyone’s palates between bites of stuffing and mashed potatoes.   

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What are the best wines to buy this Thanksgiving: Rusack Vinyards. Courtesy Photo.

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7. 2018 Division Cabernet Franc “Granit” 

Drinkable, never overpoweringand with a peppery taste, Cabernet Franc is another popular Thanksgiving option worth your considerationOregon’s Division Wine has produced this bottle with notes of star anise and red raspberries, and a “wet rock” taste, the complex earthiness of which will make for an excellent holiday wine 

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Best wine Thanksgiving 2021: Division Cabernet Franc “Granit”. Courtesy Photo.

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8.Cortese Organic Nostru Carricante Terre Siciliane IGP, 2018 

Crisp Green Apple. Tangy citrus. These are the strongest flavor notes from this Sicilian bottle, and what a perfect match they are for a night packed with rich carbohydrates. This organic wine from Italy is notoriously light and refreshing, and stands as a solid companion for both vegetables and starchesAnd as much as we love turkey, we don’t want to forget about the Thanksgiving side dishesSince they play such a large role in the feeling of the overall meal, it makes sense to find a wine for them as well. This is sure to be loved by everyone around your table. 

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What are the best wines to buy this Thanksgiving: Cortese Organic Nostru Carricante Terre Siciliane IGP. Courtesy Photo.

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9. McBride Sisters Collection Black Girl Magic 2019 California Rosé 

We can’t believe we’ve made it this far down the list without mentioning rosé, the wine that can do anything.  Not only is rosé an easy way to solve any disputes over red versus white, but it is also refreshing, a favorite, and can probably support the widest range of dishes on your table. And this bottle from the beloved McBride Sisters is dry, light-bodied and floral – exactly what you’re looking for. 

Best wine Thanksgiving 2021: McBride Sisters Collection Black Girl Magic. Courtesy Photo.

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10. Blanc de Blanc Sparkling 2017 

And last but not least, our sparkling wine recommendationSince Thanksgiving is a holiday, you may be looking for something a little festive – and nothing says festive better than a few bubbles. This bottle from Longevity Wines would pair beautifully with any dishand is almost certain to win all of the popularity contests with your family. It’s not too sweet, highly acidic, and has all of the sought-after notes of citrus and green apple 

Best wine Thanksgiving 2021: Blanc de Blanc Sparkling. Courtesy Photo.

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Best Wines to Pair with Turkey for Luxury Thanksgiving Dinner 2021

Those are our picks for the 10 best wines to buy for Thanksgiving 2021. Of course there are lots of other beverages to add to the mix, as well. Whatever you’re pouring, have a safe and peaceful holiday this year, dear reader.

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Abbie Martin Greenbaum grew up in New York City and currently lives in Brooklyn, where she drinks a lot of coffee and matches roommates together for a living. At Oberlin College, she studied English and Cinema, which are still two of her favorite things, along with dessert and musical theater. She believes in magic.

 

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