deVine Thoughts

October 2, 2019

Annual Thanksgiving Dinner Wine Recommendations

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 12:23 pm


Author: Dirk Chan

Wow…Thanksgiving week is fast upon us, where did September go? So here is our annual picks to accompany the classic turkey and/or ham dinner with all its fixings. Start your evening off with a sparkling wine, followed by whites, reds, a dessert wine and perhaps a port to end.

Sparkling Wines

Sparkling wines are a great way to start any function whether its a greeting aperitif or to pair with appetizers. Lively and clean, these will get everyone ready for what’s to come next.

2014 Luis Pato Bruto Vinho Espumante (Bairrada, Portugal) – $20.99

NV Fernridge Winery Haha Brut Cuvee (Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand) – $29.99

NV Château de Targe Saumur Brut Rose (Loire Valley, France) – $31.49


Now if you serve Champagne, your audience will immediately know you’re here to do some serious partaking and celebrating.

NV Champagne J-M Seleque Solessence Brut (Champagne, France) – $49.99

NV A. Margaine Rosé Premier Cru (Champagne, France) – $67.99

2008 Champagne Ployez-Jacquemart Extra Brut Ludes (Champagne, France) – $109.99

2006 Taittinger Comtes de Champagne (Champagne, France) – $299.99

Whites & Pinks

Whites with a touch of sweetness is preferred because of the sweetness of some of the fixings – candied yams, cranberry sauce, and honey for the glazed ham. A completely dry white will seem more austere and void of fruit due to the sweetness of the food so I recommend Rieslings (dry or off-dry, both work), sweet Chenin Blancs or other Germanic or Alsace varietals. Having said that, some will always go with a dry creamy Chardonnay irregardless and that’s perfectly fine. Also, don’t forget that rosés work really well too!

2018 Dubard Château Laulerie Sauvignon Blanc (Bergerac, France) – $19.99

2017 Terras Gauda Abadia de San Campio Albarino (Rias Baixas, Spain) – $24.99

2016 Clos du Soleil Capella (BC – Okanagan, Canada) – $29.99

2017 Mullineux White (Swartland, South Africa) – $41.99

2017 Peter Lauer Fass 17 Neuenberg Riesling (Germany) – $64.99

2015 Domaine Roux Pere & Fils Chassagne-Montrachet Les Macherelles Premier Cru (Burgundy – Cote de Beaune, France) – $124.99

2018 Domaine Tempier Bandol Rose (Provence, France) – $56.99

2018 Casa de Mouraz Rose (Dao, Portugal) – $27.99


For reds, try to avoid the big oaky tannic monsters. Oak and tannins are the enemies when pairing with slightly sweet food, try for a red with lots of up-front fruit, little oak and a soft tannins like a Beaujolais (served slightly chilled) or a Pinot Noir.

2017 Manos Negras Pinot Noir (Mendoza, Argentina) – $19.99

2017 Pascal Aufranc Chenas (Beaujolais, France) – $26.99

2015 Stoneboat Vineyards Rock Opera Pinotage (BC – Okanagan, Canada) – $32.99

2017 Sara Perez & Rene Barbier Dido Venus La Universal (Montsant, Spain) – $37.99

2015 Nerkihue Servicios y Asesorias Quiebre Guarda Especial Petit Verdot (Colchagua Valley, Chile) – $44.99

2014 Fontanafredda Barolo di Serralunga d’Alba (Piedmont, Italy) – $49.99

2013 Freemark Abbey Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon (California – Napa Valley, United States) – $66.99

2016 Braida Barbera d’Asti Bricco dell’ Uccellone (Piedmont, Italy) – $97.99

2012 Mission Hill Oculus (BC – Okanagan, Canada) – $149.99

2012 Louis Jadot Corton Greves Grand Cru (Burgundy – Cote de Beaune, France) – $159.99

2004 Château L’Eglise-Clinet (Bordeaux – Pomerol, France) – $219.99

2006 Quintarelli Amarone della Valpolicella (Veneto, Italy) – $449.99


Sweet dessert wines and Port are always good for the final touches of a meal:

2016 Orange River Cellars Straw Wine (South Africa) – 375mL – $21.99

2013 Royal Tokaji 5 Puttonyos Aszu (Hungary) – 250mL – $29.99

2016 Château Lafaurie-Peyraguey (Bordeaux – Sauternes, France) – 375mL – $69.99

2010 Hexamer Rieslng Eiswein (Nahe, Germany) – 375mL – $169.99

Croft NV 430th Anniversary Limited Edition Ruby Port (Douro, Portugal) – $31.99

2000 Porto Quevedo Colheita (Douro, Portugal) – $69.99

1965 Krohn Vintage Port (Douro, Portugal) – $309.99

Note our regular store hours are in affect this long weekend, except holiday monday when we’re open from noon-5pm.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

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