Thanksgiving is our favorite time of year. In The States, millions travel all over the country to be near their loved ones. Time is spent steeped in tradition, reminding us of so many wonderful, and hilariously grating family moments.
It is also a great time of giving back when so many people actively support their community. Helping to feed those who have fallen on hard times is a widely shared mindset for Americans in the lead-up to Thanksgiving.
At home, the theme is almost unanimously creating a feast for the whole family. Turkey often finds its place at the center, surrounded by a plethora of side dishes unique to each household. So much time, effort, and often teamwork goes into this.
Unlike other kinds of feasts, Thanksgiving tends to only really come in two waves: main meal and pie. There isn’t really the space for a lot of other elements to get a look in. People often prepare their bodies for the sheer quantity of food to come, which makes it simple in a way. One of those things that do not get the consideration it requires is the wine pairing.
With none of this food having a root in European countries, there is no rulebook for how you should pair your wines. This actually enables us to have a little bit of creative license and tailor the wine menu to what your preferences are rather than what you feel you should be having. We have compiled a list of the 11 best wines for Thanksgiving.
Post & Beam Napa Valley Chardonnay 2019
This delicious Chardonnay from Post & Beam is a great option for a wine to pepper throughout the meal. It is a well-rounded, full chardonnay, with a mellow rich flavor profile. This pairs beautifully with poultry, but also alongside the inevitable mashed potatoes and pumpkin pie.
Daou Cabernet Sauvignon
On the other side of the color, spectrum is this cabernet sauvignon from Daou. This is one of the best red wine for thanksgiving as it has a bold, robust, and rich flavor profile. It will hold up really nicely against the sweet, savory, and rich foods on the day.
Stag's Leap Cabernet Sauvignon
This Cabernet is a slightly more special bottle than the bottle from Dao. This is one of the best thanksgiving wines if you really love your guests. A few of these to close off the meal and relax, maybe even watching a great film will make this a memorable experience.
Veuve Clicquot Brut Champagne
We’ve not even mentioned how essential it is to get the party started on thanksgiving! Thanksgiving wine is great, but you can’t really mark a celebration without a little bubbly. Leave beers for those who don’t love it and bring out the nice flutes for those who do. Veuve Clicquot is a relatively inexpensive, widely popular choice. Popping a bottle of this really marks the occasion!
Piper Heidsieck Cuvee Brut Champagne
We really advocate for this champagne as a fantastic thanksgiving wine. It is more affordable than some other options, so you can stock up without breaking the bank! Pop a few of these to settle everyone down before the big meal, and to give your loved ones a great deal of holiday cheer.
Duckhorn Vineyards Napa Valley Chardonnay
Duckhorn is famous for its full-bodied white wines. They produce some of the best white wine for thanksgiving as it is full and rounded, while also possessing some delightful, bright fruity flavors. We also feel great about including this wine in your cooking! Why not try adding a splash to your gravy before you let it simmer and reduce it down to your desired consistency?
Sea Sun Pinot Noir
One of the best red wines for thanksgiving is a pinot noir. It is full-bodied, yet possesses a levity that you don’t often get with other full reds. There are some amazing, lush red berry notes in this delightful bottle, offering a wonderful counterbalance to the earthy, fatty, savory flavors of thanksgiving.
Gosset Grand Brut Rose
If you really want to pull out all the stops and impress, you might think of this as the best wine for thanksgiving dinner to get the party started. This luscious, impressive-looking bottle of sparkling rose. With a wonderful sparkle, beautifully rounded notes of strawberries, and an all-black bottle, this rose has it all. If you are going to your partner’s parents' thanksgiving then we highly recommend this as a gift to impress!
Canvasback Red Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon
Veering back to the practical side, this is one of the best Thanksgiving wines. This Canvasback cabernet sauvignon has a lovely oaky spice to compliment the flavors of wild blackberries throughout it. Order now for 21% off from CWS! This steal of a deal makes this one of the best red wines for Thanksgiving.
Justin Cabernet Sauvignon 2019
This wonderful vintage from Justin vineyards is the last of our best red wines for thanksgiving list. With a beautiful oak and black fruit flavor profile, this red is sold at an amazingly affordable price at CWS. Load up on this if you have plenty of people coming along for your meal!
Far Niente Chardonnay
Our final wine of the list is the best white wine for Thanksgiving. As our top-selling chardonnay, Far Niente has created a bottle with the most wonderfully light, juicy flavors. Moments of melon, citrus, and creamy minerality make up this bottle. We highly recommend this!
Whatever you choose, remember to enjoy every sip of your festival wines! With a wide variety of wines to choose from at CWS, you can have all your wines delivered straight to your door.
Browse through our full list of best wines for thanksgiving and order now to ensure delivery before the big day. HAPPY THANKSGIVING!