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October 3, 2021

Our Annual Thanksgiving Dinner Wine Recommendations

Filed under: deVine's Daily Blog Article — Dirk @ 5:10 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.

2020 Mulderbosch Sparkling Rose (Stellenbosch, South Africa) – $22.99

NV Adami Garbèl Prosecco doc Treviso (Veneto, Italy) – $27.49

2020 Huber Gruner Veltliner Blanc de Blancs Brut (Traisental, Austria) – $39.99


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

NV Nicolas Maillart Brut Platine Premier Cru (Champagne, France) – $66.99

NV Champagne Andre Clouet Brut Rose No. 3 (Champagne, France) – $74.99

NV Champagne Delamotte Blanc de Blancs (Champagne, France) – $109.99

2012 Bollinger La Grande Année Rosé Brut (Champagne, France) – $284.99

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 Château Sainte-Marie Vieilles Vignes (Bordeaux – Entre-Deux-Mers, France) – $20.99

2017 Chateau de la Mulonniere M de Mulonniere Anjou Chenin Blanc (Loire Valley, France) – $23.99

2018 Dr. Heinz Wagner Ockfener Bockstein Riesling Kabinett (Mosel-Saar-Ruwer, Germany) – $28.99

2018 Puerto Ancona El Enemigo Chardonnay (Mendoza, Argentina) – $34.99

2019 Domaine Marcel Deiss Alsace Complantation (Alsace, France) – $41.99

2018 Louis Jadot Meursault Premier Cru Les Genevrieres (Burgundy – Cote de Beaune, France) – $147.99

2020 Leitz Pinot Noir Rosé feinherb (Rheingau, Germany) – $24.99

2010 Lopez de Heredia Vina Tondonia Gran Reserva Rosado (Rioja, Spain) – $64.99

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.

2019 Manos Negras Pinot Noir (Mendoza, Argentina) – $20.99

2018 Oisly et Thésée Les Bremailles Touraine Gamay (France) – $21.99

2018 Domaine des Ouled Thaleb CB Signature (Morocco) – $25.99

2018 Neil Ellis Cabernet Sauvignon (Stellenbosch, South Africa) – $29.99

2019 Domaine Steeve Charvet Morgon Cote du Py (Beaujolais, France) – $34.99

2019 Cristom Pinot Noir Mt. Jefferson Cuvee (Oregon – Willamette Valley, United States) – $59.99

2016 Massolino Filli Barolo (Piedmont, Italy) – $76.99

2011 Cune Imperial Gran Reserva (Rioja, Spain) – $92.99

2009 Niepoort Charme (Douro, Portugal) – $129.99

2012 Louis Jadot Chambolle Musigny Les Baudes Premier Cru (Burgundy – Cote de Nuits, France) – $137.99

2008 Château La Providence (Bordeaux – Pomerol, France) – $199.99

2011 Château Trotanoy (Bordeaux – Pomerol, France) – $269.99

2004 Petrolo Galatrona (Tuscany, Italy) – $379.99


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

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

2018 Domaine Huet Le Mont Moelleux (Vouvray, France) – $62.99

2010 Knebel Winninger Uhlen Riesling Beerenauslese (Mosel-Saar-Ruwer, Germany) – 375mL – $159.99

2002 Dow’s Colheita (Douro, Portugal) – $49.99

2000 Quevedo Colheita (Douro, Portugal) – $69.99

2003 Quinta do Vesuvio Vintage Port (Douro, Portugal) – $154.99

Messias 40 Year Old (Douro, Portugal) – $159.99

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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