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September 28, 2020

Annual Thanksgiving Dinner Wine Recommendations

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 2:58 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.

NV La Jara Brut Prosecco (Veneto, Italy) – $18.99

NV Varichon & Clerc Privilege Rose Dry (Burgundy, France) – $21.99

2016 Selbach-Oster Riesling Sekt Brut (Mosel, Germany) – $41.99


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

NV Gremillet Brut Rosé Saignee (Champagne, France) – $64.99

2013 Champagne Lancelot Pienne Brut Accord Majeur (Champagne, France) – $74.99

NV Champagne Agrapart Extra Brut Blanc de Blancs Grand Cru Terroirs (Champagne, France) – $129.99

2004 Bollinger R.D. Extra Brut (Champagne, France) – $359.99

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!

2019 Dubard Château Laulerie Viognier (Bergerac, France) – $22.99

2017 Casa de Mouraz Branco (Dao, Portugal) – $24.99

2018 Fattoria Le Pupille Poggio Argentato (Maremma, Italy) – $29.49

2018 Zind-Humbrecht Pinot Gris Turckheim (Alsace, France) – $36.99

2019 Domaine Delaporte Sancerre Chavignol (Loire Valley, France) – $39.99

2017 Domaine Latour-Giraud Meursault Premier Cru Les Charmes (Burgundy – Cote de Beaune, France) – $109.99

2018 Agricola Tiberio Cerasuolo d’Abruzzo (Abruzzi, Italy) – $28.99

2019 Domaine la Navarre Sacrifice (Provence, France) – $23.99


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 Edoardo Miroglio Soli Pinot Noir (Bulgaria) – $21.99

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

2016 Spier Creative Block 5 (Stellenbosch, South Africa) – $31.99

2017 Penner-Ash Pinot Noir (Oregon – Willamette Valley, United States) – $47.99

2008 Lopez de Heredia Vina Bosconia Reserva (Rioja, Spain)- $56.99

2017 Envy Wines Calistoga Estate Cabernet Sauvignon (California – Napa Valley, United States) – $69.99

2012 Cortes de Cima Incógnito (Alentejo, Portugal) – $74.99

2011 Muga Prado Enea Gran Reserva (Rioja, Spain) – $89.99

2015 Prieler Blaufrankisch Goldberg (Austria) – $99.99

2011 Elio Altare Barolo (Piedmont, Italy) – $117.99

2009 Quinta do Portal Auru (Douro, Portugal) – $159.99

2011 Castello dei Rampolla Vigna d’Alceo (Tuscany, Italy)- $219.99

2009 Louis Jadot Echézeaux Grand Cru (Burgundy – Cote de Nuits, France) – $279.99


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

2015 Chateau d’Armajan des Ormes (Bordeaux – Sauternes, France) – 375mL – $29.99

2007 Il Poggione Sant’Antimo Vin Santo Riserva (Tuscany, Italy) – 500mL – $52.99

1988 Château Rieussec (Bordeaux – Sauternes, France) – 750mL – $244.99

2008 Fonseca Quinta do Panascal Vintage Port (Douro, Portugal) – $74.99

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 ev eryone!

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